A popular synod can reveal and encourage how Christians in the 21st century try to put the gospel into practice.
Such a synod must be prepared very carefully. Only by listening to thousands of stories about behavioral problems can it become clear how the common sense of the Christians got progressive insight from strictly following static rules to the independent search of the evangelical spirit and the way of Jesus of Nazareth.
At least one year before the intended synod date, a working group starts with two types of listening sessions. Both types were successfully used in Bratislava last year at a conference of married and unmarried European R.C. priests.
The basic type is the table dialogue as described in www.dialogueinsixes.click.
It starts with a short comment on a fact, a quote or an image. Six participants then give each other about 10 minutes on turn to tell their own experience.
The meeting is concluded with the survey in a circle (the circular way) about an advice, course of action or final sentence.
• The basic type is recommended for local, regional dialogues.
• The group chooses a subject, a meeting place and a date.
• The initiative for a dialogue or for more than one can be based on a free-thinking Christian organization or on a single volunteer.
• Organizations can choose locations for more than one dialogue in sixes.
• A volunteer invites a son, daughter or friend for a cup of coffee and a conversation about a life problem and encourages them to bring two friends. The host / wife also invites two acquaintances.
• The initiator tells everyone that each interview can get a place in a plan to collect hundreds or thousands of votes.
The people's synod follows the same procedure on a larger scale with an introduction that indicates the meaning of a popular synod.
• The synod is open to people who have participated in regional or local dialogues.
• Suppose a one-day synod is divided into two or three different sessions, each with a particular problem.
• The introduction could be a historical, psychological, anthropological or sociological analysis.
• Ultimately, the public will be asked in a circular manner to choose and support collected guidelines.
With a retrospective of static behavioral lines from the past that ignored the experiences of the grassroots, a popular synod can be expected to yield a mirror of Christianity here and now.