In January 2021, more than 1,000 people joined Catholic Mobilizing Network for its most popular webinar to date: “Five Lessons From Restorative Practices for the Synod on Synodality.” The webinar explored how practices from restorative justice could enrich the synod listening processes taking place in Catholic parishes and dioceses nationwide.
Now, one year deeper into this historic synod, CMN gathered for another look at how restorative practices can help us “enlarge the space of our tent” and navigate the polarities facing our Church and world.
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About the Webinar
During “Growing in Restorative Practices: One Year Into the Synod on Synodality,” Fr. David McCallum, SJ and Dr. Vanessa White joined us to illuminate the joys, hopes, sufferings and wounds revealed throughout the Synod on Synodality's global listening sessions, and synthesized in “Enlarge the Space of Your Tent” — the 45-page working document released by the Vatican in November 2022.
Together, we continue on this synodal journey, guided by restorative practices, to deepen our engagement within this communal transformation of the Church.
Fr. David McCallum, SJ is a Jesuit priest and the founding executive director of the Program for Discerning Leadership, which provides leadership formation for senior Vatican officials and major superiors of religious orders. He is a consultant to the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, and a member of the Methodology Commission.
Dr. Vanessa White is tenured Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Director of the Certificate in Black Theology and Ministry. She is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. She also serves as an advisor/consultant for the USCCB Subcommittee for Certification of Ecclesial Ministry