The Diocesan Synod is held every 2 or 3 years. It is a gathering of representatives from all the parishes in the Diocese of Edmonton (the area roughly between Whitecourt in the north and Ponoka in the south, from the Saskatchewan border to the BC border). The representatives are all the clergy in the diocese and elected parishioners from each parish, plus people appointed by the Bishop to come.
For delegates, Synod is an opportunity to get to know others from around the diocese, to share experiences and resources, and to learn a bit about the church outside of your own parish.
This Synod, on September 29 and 30, will begin with supper during registration at All Saints’ Cathedral. There will be displays of various diocesan ministries to look at. Following an eucharist service, there will be a short business meeting to conduct some of the business that is necessary – such as elections. (If anyone is enthusiastic about learning more about the church, the diocese and the national church, this is a chance for you to put your name forward to be elected to various other governing bodies.
On Saturday, at St. Matthias, we have a guest speaker – Father Michael Lapsley, from Cape Town, South Africa. Father Lapsley is a special person – during the apartheid in South Africa, he opened a letter bomb, and lost both arms, hearing in one ear, and sight in one eye. He cannot go anywhere without a companion to help him dress, eat, carry things, etc. He has made it his mission to teach reconciliation and forgiveness. He will speak with us about reconciliation, and what it is to live a reconciled life. We will learn about reconciliation, and about discipleship and being “made new in Christ” (our theme for this year).
The scripture for the Synod is 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, which is exemplified in our theme.
Friday, September 29, 2017
All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral (10035 – 103 Street)
Registration at 5:00 pm
Synod to begin at 6:45 pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017
St. Matthias Anglican Church (6210 – 188 Street)
Call to order at 9:00 am
For more information about the agenda or how to submit a report, view the 65th Synod Official Notice.