Intro to Data Viewer
This mini site contains the results of a consultation process with members of Synod 2020 in
the Archdiocese of Liverpool. This process directly influenced the recommendations which
will be voted on by Synod members at the Archdiocesan Synod in June 2021, itself an act of
consultation presided over by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon.
Over 3,500 proposals were put forward, and these were consolidated to the 120 included in
this database. These proposals were broken down into our four Synod themes: ‘All called
and gifted by God’, ‘Sharing the Mission of Jesus’, ‘How we pray together’ and ‘Building
community, nurturing belonging’.
Within these themes, Synod members were invited to show which of them they were most
drawn to by casting preferences, and each Synod member had five preferences that they
could allocate per theme, to show which proposals they were drawn to as they thought
about how we become the Church God is calling us to be.
Affirmations were developed from proposals that didn’t make a specific or more tangible
proposal. The proposals made more general affirming statements about certain states of
affairs, and while not proposals, the was clearly value in what was being expressed, and so
this category was created.
Like proposals, affirmations were categorised by theme, and Synod members had two
preferences to cast per theme.
Each Synod member had eight selections to make, one for affirmations and one for
proposals for each of the four themes. Members had a choice to allocate all of their
available preferences to either one proposal/affirmation, or to spread them. Some Synod
members felt strongly enough to put all five preferences on one proposal, or all two on an
affirmation but most spread them.
It’s important to remember that the process gave people a limited opportunity to show
their preference. This came after a period of discernment and discussion with those from
their communities in response to the question of how we might become the Church God is
calling us to be. This process isn’t an indication of what Synod members think is important in
the life of our Church, but rather where it is we need to focus our attention at this point in
While this database will show proposals and affirmation across themes, showing which had
more or less preferences cast, statistically we must take any comparison across themes with a handful of salt. While it gives an indication, keep in mind that we are not comparing like
Data is broken down by age, member type, gender and ethnicity. Apart from member type,
Synod members shared this information anonymously as part of their responses to the
The database will withhold information if it might identify what any individual chose.
Information on the general sample, to be able to understand some of this information is
available by clicking the ‘Synod Membership’ button, or ‘Switch data’ which gives data on
the overall sample.