Linking with the first Session of the Synod on Synodality in Rome (October 2023), Clifton Diocese will be exploring the same themes through a series of webinars (7.30pm – 9.00pm) through September & October. For the series we are delighted to welcome:

Bishop John Arnold – 21 September;  Beginning our series, we are delighted to welcome Rt Rev Bishop John (Salford Diocese) who will set our series within the context of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church – Lumen Gentium.  Click here to register

Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ – 4 October; ‘For a Synodal Church – an integral experience’ – Continuing our series, we are delighted to welcome Sr Gemma – a senior research fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, an international speaker and lecturer, Sr Gemma brings wisdom, insight and a wealth of experience within the Church.  Click here to register

Dr Greg Ryan – 10 October; ‘A Communion that Radiates’ – we are delighted to welcome Dr Greg – an Assistant Professor of Ecclesiology and Receptive Ecumenism  (CCS) for the Centre of Catholic Theology at the University of Durham. He will be exploring with us the themes of service and mission within a Synodal Church.  Click here to register

Jenny Sinclair- 19 October; ‘Co-responsibility in Mission – How can we better share gifts and tasks in the service of the Gospel?’ – we welcome Jenny, the founder of Together for the Common Good (T4CG), a writer and a lecturer, she will help us to explore how we can walk together towards a shared awareness of the meaning and content of mission.  Click here to register

Fr Philip Inch – 23 October‘Participation, governance and authority in a synodal Church’ – concluding our series we welcome Fr Philip Inch, the Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Development and parish priest of Holy Rosary, Aintree Village. He served as a moderator of Synod 2020 for the Archdiocese of Liverpool and is closely involved in the implementation of the Pastoral Plan. Fr Philip is well equipped to explore with us how our Church governs in a truly synodal way. Click here to register    *please note a change in date from 24th to 23rd October.

Each webinar will be focusing on a different element of the work of the Synod. You are welcome to sign up for any of the sessions on offer.

To secure your place, please use the link above to register for your chosen speaker before the date of the talk – this will then give you the link for the webinar session to use on the day (the link may automatically go into your email calendar). To improve the experience, I would advise downloading the Microsoft Teams app to your device beforehand and closing down all other apps that are open. For the presentation, your camera & speaker will be off, but you’ll be able to ask questions through the Q&A facility.