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181st Synod of the Diocese of Huron wrapped up on Monday, May 17 after a two-day virtual session broadcast live from Church House in downtown London.

Close to 350 participants – lay delegates and clergy – representing 170 Anglican churches in South-Western Ontario took part in this year’s gathering convened by their bishop Rt. Rev. Todd Townshend. Acting in accordance with the theme of this year’s Synod – Yielding to the Life of the Spirit – the delegates approved the motion to adopt the “Moving to Light Green” initiative proposed by Social and Ecological Justice Huron. Synod also carried motion to allow for the use of electronic means to hold electoral synods. and elected lay and clergy delegates and alternates to Provincial and General Synod.

This year’s Synod started on Sunday at 10:30am with the church service which was live streamed from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Ontario. At the service Rosalyn Kantlaht'angt Elm was collated Archdeacon for Reconcilliation and Indigenous Ministry. As in the last year’s annual gathering of the Huron representatives that took place in September, no faithful were present in the cathedral’s pews due to the pandemic restrictions in the province of Ontario.