Small Group Spiritual Conversations with
“Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology”:
Preparatory Document of the Synod of Bishops for the Special Assembly for the Pan-Amazon Region
This October 2019, a special Synod of Bishops will gather to reflect on the theme “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.” In preparation for this event, we invite you to join with the People of God living in the Amazon, the Church, and others all around the world in discovering through prayer, spiritual conversation and discernment how you can also contribute in your context to a renewed vision and set of actions on issues related to the Amazon.
This is a small group process combining personal prayer and three sessions of group spiritual conversation, based on the Preparatory Document that can be found online here:
This journey is meant to be an accompaniment to your reading of this document, with the three-fold purpose of:
1. Seeing the Identity and Cries of the Pan-Amazonia
2. Discerning Towards a Pastoral and Ecological Conversion
3. Acting on New Paths for a Church with an Amazonian Face
As Teilhard de Chardin says, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience!” As a spiritual people, we want to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to the promptings and invitations of the Holy Spirit and respond authentically, according to God’s Love and Care for all.
This booklet is composed of:
Guidelines for Personal Prayer and Small Group Spiritual Conversations
Facilitator’s Guidelines for Small Group Spiritual Conversations
Part 1 Personal Prayer sheet
Part 2 Personal Prayer sheet
Part 3 Personal Prayer sheet
Share Your Group Actions!
The document for the Synod on the Amazon is organized using the social inquiry approach of “See, Judge/Discern, Act,” and so each small group session is focused on one of these three areas. At the end of the third session, groups are invited to share their actions on the website for the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM):
https://catholicclimatemovement.global/amazon-synod/. These actions may be quite diverse at either an individual or group level. For example, lifestyle choices, prayer services, education, ecological initiatives, pastoral activities, advocacy, and networking are all potential worthwhile actions. Whatever the action, the significance is in the discernment process that identifies specific, concrete outward action. This is because discernment is the response believed to be prompted by the Holy Spirit not merely human will!