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Five-Part Zoom Panel Series - "Synodality at the Parish Level: A Time for Reform"

08/30/2023 8:04 PM | B. Kevin Brown
  • You are invited to participate in a Zoom panel series, “Synodality at the Parish Level: A Time for Reform,” leading up to this October’s meeting of the Synod on Synodality. The series will run on Monday evenings, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PDT, from September 11 until October 9. It is co-sponsored by the Theology and Religious Studies Department of the University of Portland, the Master of Art's in Theology and Leadership Program at Gonzaga University, the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Saint Martin’s University, the office of the Vice President for Mission Integration at Seattle University, the Oregon Synod Committee, and Sacred Liturgy Ministries. CTSA members Catherine Punslan-Manlimos, Ramon Luzarraga, SimonMary Asese Aihiokai, Kevin Brown, and David Turnbloom have partnered with lay leaders from the Archdioceses of Portland and Seattle to plan this series.

  • Register for the series at this link:

  • More information about each of the panels (listed below) and recordings of the panels after they take place can be found here:

September 11: What is the Synod on Synodality?
  • Most Rev. Joseph Jude Tyson, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Yakima
  • Dr. Maureen O'Connell, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA

September 18: Synodality: Opportunities for Lay Leadership at the Parish Level
  • Shonna Bartlett, St. Ann's Parish, Spokane, WA
  • Dr. Corinna Laughlin, St. Jame's Cathedral, Seattle, WA
  • Sandra Barros, Seattle, WA
  • Dr. Lynn Strand,  Our Lady of the Lake, Portland, OR
  • Dr. Valerie Chapman, St. Andrew's Parish, Portland, OR

September 25: Synodality and Radical Belonging
  • Anasofia Gutierrez, alumna of Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • Kate Tyschper Seddon, University of Portland, Portland, OR
  • Carolina Curran, St. Mary's Academy, Portland, OR
  • Fiona Mullen, Holy Names Academy, Seattle, WA
  • Angelo Neri Alfonso, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

October 2: Learning from Synodal Communities
  • Bishop Laurie Larson-Ceasar, Bishop of the Oregon Synod, ELCA
  • Sr. Angela Hoffman, OSB, Prioress at St. Placid Priory, Lacey, WA
  • Cyprian Concigilio, OSB Cam, Prior of New Camaldoli Hermitage in the Diocese of Monterey, CA
  • Nathan LeRud, Dean at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, OR

October 9: The Future of Synodality: A Renewal of Communion
  • Sr. Donna Ciango, OP, D. Min., Chancellor Archdiocese of Newark
  • Dr. Victor Carmona, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Dr. SimonMary Asese Aihiokhai, University of Portland, Portland, OR


  • 09/01/2023 11:31 AM | Christine Firer Hinze
    This looks terrific, Kevin and all! Thank you for organizing and inviting us. Is it ok for us to invite leaders and members of our own parishes to attend? Thank you and warm regards to all.

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    • 09/13/2023 12:50 PM | B. Kevin Brown
      Hi Christine, my apologies for not replying earlier. I just saw this message now. Yes, please feel free to invite anyone who is interested! All of the sessions are being recorded as well. They'll be posted shortly after each session on the website listed above as containing extra information on each panel. So, Maureen O'Connell and Bishop Joseph Tyson's excellent opening to the series should soon be available to anyone who missed it.
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  • 09/01/2023 11:46 AM | Jaisy Joseph
    This is so exciting! Happy to see so many recognizable names from Seattle - including a former student :). Great work and looking forward to supporting this wonderful initiative!
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