A Rainbow Synod:
Global LGBTQ+ Perspectives on Synodality So Far
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time
This past year, LGBTQ Catholics and allies robustly participated in the local listening phase of the Synod on Synodality. With that phase concluding and the next beginning, New Ways Ministry will host a panel of global advocates to converse about their experiences of this synodal process so far. This 75-minute webinar is a time to pause, reflect, and consider next steps. Participants will explore questions like: Which insights were most pronounced? What lessons have been learned? How do we proceed from here?
Continuing the LGBTQ+ Synod Conversations
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time
Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time
Building on last spring’s series of LGBTQ+ Spiritual Conversations, this fall, New Ways Ministry is holding two more virtual sessions for prayer and small group discussion about how LGBTQ+ people and allies’ experience and live out their faith. Unlike the previous conversations, these new sessions will be less formal and focused on building community instead of developing a report.
New Report on LGBTQ+ Catholics & the Synod
From the Margins to the Center
To facilitate LGBTQ people and allies’ participation in the Synod on Synodality, New Ways Ministry held three Spiritual Conversations this past spring. Nearly 1,000 people from a variety of nations took part in these sessions, making it one of the most extensive consultations of LGBTQ Catholics in history. This report is a prime opportunity to help educate Catholics about how LGBTQ people experience the church.
Webinar: Synodality as a Path to Reconciliation with Sister Nathalie Becquart, XMCJ
This webinar by the undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican considered how synodality can be put into practice as the Catholic Church becomes a listening and inclusive church. A recording of the 75-minute presentation and discussion can be viewed by clicking here.
Webinar: LGBTQ Catholics & Synodality with Dr. Robert Choiniere
This webinar explored how all Catholics, especially LGBTQ people and allies, can help make sure that every voice is heard and recorded. A recording of the 75-minute presentation and discussion can be viewed by clicking here.
Webinar: Celebrating Synodality: Synods as a Spiritual Practice with Dr. Brian Flanagan
This webinar examined the spiritual foundations of synodality, as well as how all Catholics, especially LGBTQ Catholics and their supporters, can prepare for and prayerfully engage in the synod. A recording of the 75-minute presentation and discussion can be viewed by clicking here.
LGBTQ Spiritual Conversations for the Synod
The Spiritual Conversations were opportunities for LGBTQ people and their supporters to contribute to the Synod. Rooted in the Ignatian tradition for discerning the will of the Holy Spirit in a community of faith, participants entered a space of encounter with others and with the Spirit in small, intimate, prayer-grounded conversations groups. The results of these conversations will be reported to church leaders as part of the synodal process. To learn more, click here.
Direct Submissions to the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops
Thierry Bonaventura, the Synod office’s Communications Manager, has said LGBTQ and ally Catholics, as well as others on the margins of the church, may submit comments directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resource for Participation in Your Local Church
To connect with local synodal activities in your area or help research what activities are occurring, please visit www.synodmeetings.com.
Latest Updates on LGBTQ Issues and the Synod on Synodality
For the latest news and commentaries on the Synod as it relates to LGBTQ issues, visit New Ways Ministry’s blog, Bondings 2.0, by clicking here.
New Ways Ministry & the Synod
In December 2021, a communications official with the Vatican’s General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops apologized to New Ways Ministry and to LGBTQ Catholics. The apology came after this official, Thierry Bonaventura, removed a link to New Ways Ministry content from the Synod office’s website. Francis DeBernardo “warmly” accepted the apology on behalf of New Ways Ministry, and the link has since been restored.
The same week of this incident, news broke that New Ways Ministry had been in correspondence with Pope Francis earlier in 2021. In his letters, the pope thanked the organization for “your neighborly work,” as well as describing co-founder Sister Jeannine Gramick as a “valiant woman.”
As part of his apology, Bonaventura said LGBTQ people could write directly to the Synod office at email@example.com.
In April 2022, Sister Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, delivered New Ways Ministry’s 2022 Father Robert Nugent Memorial Lecture on the topic of “Synodality: A Path of Reconciliation.” This lecture was the first time a Vatican official directly addressed an audience of LGBTQ Catholics. A recording of the lecture is available here.
New Ways Ministry encourages LGBTQ people to respond to the Vatican’s apology and correction by participating in synod consultations and sharing the journeys of their lives and their faith. The church will benefit greatly by LGBTQ involvement.
Throughout the coming months, New Ways Ministry will continue to produce educational events and materials to encourage LGBTQ participation in the synod.