Synod: Series of Free Online Courses on Discernment and Decision-Making

A host of Catholic institutions are teaming up to offer a series of free online courses to explore discernment and decision-making in the Church, as part of the ongoing Synod on Synodality.

By Devin Watkins

Catholics around the world are invited to participate in a massive open online course on “Common Discernment and Decision-Making in the Church.”

The initiative is part of the Synod on Synodality, which is currently in the diocesan phase and is expected to culminate with the meeting of bishops in Rome in October 2023.

The online courses are open to anyone interested and begin in July with a three-week course that hopes to provide training in “theology and practice of synodality” to more than 100,000 people.

Those interested can register at the link.

Build a synodal church

Classes are led by Continuing education online from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. They are sponsored by the Episcopal Conferences of Latin America, Europe and Asia, as well as by the Latin American Jesuits and the organizations of superiors general of male and female religious congregations.

According to a press release, the Synod on Synodality “represents a new stage in ecclesial life that invites us to generate processes of conversion and reform in order to build a synodal Church for this third millennium.”

Free and global event

The first course will offer lectures, in-depth interviews and testimonies from various representatives of local Churches and their experience of synodality.

“All courses are completely free and will be offered online in multiple languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian,” the press release reads. “In addition, speakers from all continents will participate in the courses, which will allow us to have a global and intercultural vision of the Church.”

The long list of speakers includes Sister Nathalie Becquart, under-secretary of the synod of bishops.