In May 2003, the Archdiocese of Brisbane held a three day Synod - the culmination of three years of extensive consultation and preparation.
Archbishop John Bathersby called the Synod to assist him identify and respond to the challenges facing the local church as it entered the new millennium. He was particularly aware of the Pope's call for a "new evangelisation", and wished to further his own priorities of spirituality, ecumenism and justice.
The Synod process sought to actively involve as many people as possible. Consultative meetings at parish, deanery and interest-group level were held, and private submissions were welcomed. Care was taken to make the entire process "transparent", with all documentation being promptly published on the Internet for public scrutiny.
This Synod 2003 website seeks to document Brisbane's Synod journey.