Report from the Synod on the Word
Thursday, January 22, 2009
63 minutes
11 MB
Sr. Chris Schenk

Sr. Chris Schenk of FutureChurch reports on the October 6-26 World Synod of Bishops on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church," For two years, Schenk spearheaded a CTA supported national Women and the Word campaign asking the synod to "put women back in the biblical picture" by inviting women biblical experts, devoting pastoral attention to Jesus' and St. Paul's inclusive practice, expanding preaching opportunities for women and restoring women leaders to lectionary texts from which their witness was diminished and deleted. Schenk reviews remarkable campaign successes including the fact that the Vatican invited the greatest number of women ever to participate as auditors and biblical experts. Also, for the first time in history, the synod "recognized and encouraged the ministry of women of the Word," and discussed the need to restore women's stories to the Lectionary.

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