National Catholic Reporter (enewletter, Monday July 11, 2022)
by Massimo Faggioli
Massimo Faggioli reports that a massive online course on synodality, “Common discernment and decision making in a Synodal Church” is being hosted on Boston College’s website, led by Rafael Luciani, a Venezuelan layman and professor at both the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas and Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. All the lectures are completely free and will be offered in several languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian. People can follow the course at their own pace and watch the videos when it suits them.
Different experts — lay and clergy, men and women — are offering a new set of videos on different topics over three weeks. Week 1 offers some criteria that will help to assess and deepen the theology and practice of communal discernment and the building of ecclesial consensus. Week 2 focuses on decision-making in the church — one of the great challenges for a new institutional model. Week 3 offers reflections on leadership and governance in the church, and how many of the changes in the church in the third millennium depend on this.
NCR features the Global Synodal Process.
A video begins the introductory lecture by Rafael Luciani for the online course “Common discernment and decision making in a Synodal Church.” (NCR photo/Teresa Malcolm)
1) Go to “Common discernment and decision making in a Synodal Church.” [ https://formaciononline.bc.edu/en/home/ ]
2) Choose your language.
3) Register for this First Massive Course Online (MOC) “Common discernment and decision making in a Synodal Church.” (name, email, password)