Since the level of understanding and experience regarding synodality likely differs across the diocese, formation workshops can be provided to give people an orientation about synodality and equip them with basic skills for synodal processes. Such skills would include carrying out synodal consultation meetings, and this basic formation is in itself a valuable outcome of the current Synodal Process.
Synodality often entails learning new ways of engaging with one another, including how we listen to each other and conduct group meetings. Sometimes our existing practices may not fully resonate with the principles of synodality, and would thus be counter-productive to an authentically synodal path. The synodal way of "walking together" is one that involves equal opportunities for participation, a genuine regard for the voice of each person, especially those who are marginalized, prayerful spiritual discernment, attentive listening, reflective sharing, openness to diversity, reciprocity, mutual trust, and loving patience.
Appendix B of the Vademecum provides an outline of how a typical synodal consultation meeting can be conducted. What is most crucial is adopting suitable methods that facilitate attentive listening, genuine sharing, and a communal spiritual discernment. One method that promotes these attitudes is the Spiritual Conversation. Below you may find a brief description of the Spiritual Conversation process that you can adapt for your group.