Diocesan Synod Synthesis
Diocese Synod Synthesis
The notion of journeying together yielded mixed results throughout the diocese. There was a perception that this aspect of a synodal church was more evident in the past. Many responses from the ‘people of God’ indicated that there was nostalgia. It was noted that there had been changes and that there should be changes for improvement going forward. It was evident that “people want to be part of the decision-making process of the Church”. The opportunity allowed the faithful to express that journeying together is joyful “knowing that there are others at the same stage of life, seeking the same direction/goals as you are”. Yet it was clear that at times, this journeying was not always joyful or as communal as it should be. Pains and wounds experienced would require reconciliation and healing. In addition, some participants “agreed that they were all journeying together within their particular [ministry] but not journeying together as a Church”. This was attributed to a “serious disconnect with the ministries of the Church”.