Sunday, July 28, 2013

Countdown to Synod 2013

Did you know it's just two months before
the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform's

2013 Synod of the Baptized!
Saturday, September 28, 2013
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Have you registered yet?

If not, now is the time!
You can register online, here.
Or call 612-379-1043 to have a brochure/registration form
mailed to you.

This year's synod is entitled "Co-creating the Living Church" and builds on previous synods which focused on "Taking Our Place at the Table" (2010) and "Making Our Voices Heard" (2011). The latter launched the Council of the Baptized within the local church of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

Synod 2013, "Co-Creating the Living Church," will emphasize and explore evolutionary Catholicism. The keynote speaker will be Sr. Gail Worcelo, sgm, who will share her thoughts and insights on how the presence of the sacred in our evolving universe relates to the important work of church reform.

In addition, there will be a number of afternoon breakout sessions that will facilitate exploration of topics and ideas such as "Integrating the Universe Story with Our Christian Story," "Envisioning an Integral Church," "Moving Beyond Alienation with the Church," "Building Alternative Modes of Church," and "Developing a Healthy Perspective on Sexuality." One breakout session will appeal to those wishing to learn how we can have a voice in the selection of our next archbishop, while another will focus on the purpose, achievements, and next steps of the Council of the Baptized.

Organizers envision that Synod 2013 will facilitate:

• Connection of our Christian tradition to the reality of the evolving universe

• Discernment of what Catholic Christianity has to offer in a rapidly changing world of expanding consciousness

• The forging of a new vision, future, and hope for the institutional church, our faith communities, our lives, and our world

Synod 2013 will take place 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturday, September 28 at the Ramada Mall of America Hotel, 2300 E. American Blvd. Bloomington, MN 55439 (for directions and a map, click here).

Over the course of the next two months, The Progressive Catholic Voice will be counting down to Synod 2013 by sharing weekly updates, articles, and commentaries that will highlight and explore the theme of this year's gathering. Our goal is to generate a 'buzz' within our local church about Synod 2013. . . . But we need your help in creating this buzz! One way you can do this is by registering for Synod 2013 and encouraging your friends to register!

Registration is easy!
You can register online, here.
Or call 612-379-1043 to have a brochure/registration form
mailed to you.

Looking forward to seeing you at
Synod 2013!

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