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The annual Synod provides time for review of the mission of the Church, and offers an opportunity for the Diocese to take counsel together – listening to the Holy Spirit; awake to the signs of the times; obedient to God’s call for apostolic action.
Each Synod is for three years with annual sessions, and normally meets in October of each year. Its purpose is to:
Synods are linked to the first council of the Church in Jerusalem and to the great councils of the Church, and to the pattern of conciliar government in the Anglican Communion.
All appointed and elected members of Synod are encouraged to come prayerfully, with an attitude that not only allows for holy listening but is open to the:
And, at the same time, giving thanks that we take counsel together as a part of the wider Anglican Communion.
While the Anglican Church is vindicated by its place in history, with a strikingly balanced witness to gospel and Church and sound learning, its greater vindication lies in its pointing through its own history to something of which it is a fragment. Its credentials are its incompleteness, with the tension and travail in its soul. It is clumsy and untidy, it baffles neatness and logic. For it is sent not to commend itself as ‘the best type of Christianity’, but by its very brokenness to point to the universal Church wherein all have died.
A M Ramsey, The Gospel and the Catholic Church (Longmans, London, 1936), p220
The following pages might be of interest to you:
Peter Moyes Anglican Community School (Elliston Parade, Mindarie)
Synod packs will be posted on 5 September 2017.
For further information, please contact Susan Harvey on 9425 7201.