This week the Synod of the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church began its meeting for 2015. The Synod began on Monday 12 October and concludes this coming Tuesday 20 October (don’t worry it only meets for 5 afternoons and evenings in that time!). Sometimes you may read about the Synod and some of its decisions in the Newspaper, so if any issues do arise please feel free to ask one of our representatives any questions.
The Synod is made up of all the bishops, senior ministers and elected lay representatives of every Anglican Church in the Diocese of Sydney (stretching from the Hawkesbury river in the north, Ulladulla in the south and Lithgow to the west). As an Anglican church we are part of this affiliation of churches and the Synod is, broadly speaking, responsible for governing the diocese. If you want to know what it’s like, it’s a bit like watching parliament on TV (but without the bad behaviour!).
What decisions does Synod make? The Synod passes ordinances for the governance of the diocese, elects people to important boards, councils and committees, and scrutinises the work of the Standing Committee which does the Synod’s work during the year.
Over this Synod we have dealt with issues as diverse as:
- the funding of the Diocesan organisations and initiatives
- an assessment of the value of church planting in Sydney and beyond
- an affirmation of the priority of evangelism for our churches
- a Christian response to the Syrian refugee crisis
Our parish is represented by our senior minister (Phil Colgan) and 2 other representatives – Garry Allen and James Flavin. Alison Woof is also a member of the Synod through a different mechanism. Please pray for them as they fulfil this important role and especially pray for wisdom in the making of important decisions.