In late June 2023, the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University held a two-day symposium, ‘Learning Together on the Way’, which explored the potential synergy between Synodality and Receptive Ecumenism.
The purpose was to put the CCS’s internationally-regarded work on Receptive Ecumenism in service of the synodal pathway on which the Catholic Church has embarked and to invite assistance with this task from theologians and leaders of six other major Christian traditions with significant historical presence in England and Wales.
As explored in the seven pre-circulated tradition-specific briefing papers (linked below), the key question throughout was ‘What can the Catholic Church learn from the understanding and experience of these Western Christian traditions as it seeks to become a more synodal church?’
Near-140 participants from across the participant traditions and the English and Welsh Catholic Church shared in the small-group discussion process that lay at the heart of the symposium and likewise contributed to the plenary reflections. These sessions were held in and around Durham, at the University, at Ushaw College, and at St Cuthbert’s Catholic Church.
As launch for the proceedings, the 2023 Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture was presented by Sr Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, Undersecretary of the Office of the Synod of Bishops, in which she explored the essential interrelationship between Ecumenism and Synodality.
Convened and led by Prof. Paul D. Murray and Dr Gregory A. Ryan, in collaboration with other CCS colleagues, the event was supported by: Porticus International, the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW), and the Newman Association.
Please note that the copyright for each of the briefing papers remains with the respective author. The intention is to publish the papers as an edited volume, together with a number of commissioned essays combining responses from the event and further analyses. No citation or reproduction should be made without permission, in which case the correct form of reference is as follows: Author, 'Paper Title', Briefing Paper for 'Learning on the Way' Symposium, Durham University, June 23-25, 2023. For any related queries or to register interest in receiving further details about the proposed project volume, please contact email@example.com.