The 180th session of the Synod of the Diocese of Huron will be held on Saturday, September 26. It will be a one-day event and will offer a virtual gathering of Huron churches delivered through a Zoom platform. Synod Delegates will be emailed a link to attend the Synod.
This year’s Synod was initially scheduled for May but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which caused the closures of all churches and prevented all public gatherings.
The diocese is about to enter the Amber Stage of the safe reopening of church buildings in September. As there are still significant restrictions to in-door gatherings in this phase, the Synod Organization Committee opted for the virtual Synod format.
In order to accommodate delegates, who do not have access to the internet at their homes, the Synod Organization Committee designated “hubs” across the diocese. The number of these locations was determined upon a survey that was sent to all Synod delegates in July. After the replies were received, it was established that a large majority of delegates would rather participate from their homes and that only a small percentage opted to e go to a “hub”.
The main criteria in selecting the “hubs” were technical and physical distancing capabilities and the location of the church.
There are four locations in total in which delegates can gather on September 26.
The main “hub” will be at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Besides St. Paul’s Cathedral, designated churches are: St. Mark’s, Brantford, Holy Trinity/St. Paul’s, Chatham and St. Paul’s, Southampton
The four selected “hubs” will be equipped with adequate technology and will have technical personnel present during the day. Strict safety protocols will be in place.
The Synod Organization Committee is looking into the possibility of offering the procedures of the day available for observers to view online. Please visit the Synod section of the website www.diohuron.org for updates closer to September 26.
The theme of 180th Huron Synod is “Identity and Mission in Christ”.