NEWS

An entirely NEW WAY of doing Synod

180th Synod of the Diocese of Huron will be held on Saturday, September 2020. It will be a virtual gathering of clergy and lay delegates which will start at 10 am. The session will be livestreamed (starting 10 am) at: https://www.facebook.com/dioceseofhuron/live

Holy God, hear us as we hold up before you this Diocesan Synod gathering. Be with us in our yearning to chart a course together, inspired by the presence of your Spirit. Give insight and courage to our Bishop, all of our leaders, and to each one of us, as we move forward with your blessing. For all we do, we do in your glory, in Jesus’ name. AMEN

As we all know since the arrival of Covid-19 a great many events and ways of being have had to be adjusted in our lives, in our parishes and of course in our Diocese. Unable to gather as a group at our usual time in May for our Diocesan Synod, the Bishop, Church House staff and Synod Organizational committee over the last number of months have been hard at work putting together an entirely new way of doing Synod for 2020. On September 26, 2020 delegates to Synod will be gathering either virtually using the “Zoom webinar” technology or in one of four physical locations (or “hubs”) conveniently located across the Diocese. Connecting in this way will allow us to hear from our Bishop on a number of topics, receive some updates on different aspects of diocesan life, and “see” one another all while getting some much-needed work done in a way that is safe and respectful for Synod participants. While there are some limitations when using the Zoom technology as feedback from such a large group can be difficult to process, the Bishop is committed to receiving questions and comments from delegates and will be sure that both are received and answered in a timely manner following the Synod. Although it is true that this is a Synod like none we have had before, at its heart lies the intent that has been at the core of every other Synod that has gone before. We gather as a diocesan family of faith to be reminded of who we are as followers of Jesus, to worship, to pray and to hear and be inspired by what God is doing in our midst, considering how we each are or might be participating in God’s work in the world around us. The Synod will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 10am to 4pm and will be livestreamed for observers and also recorded and posted to the website for later viewing by all. Your prayers are appreciated in support of this Synod gathering.

Rev. Canon Val Kenyon and David Embury, secretaries of Synod

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in Huron for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honour and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen