Bishop Oulton announces Special Synod

Following Bishop Michael Oulton’s letter to our diocese of July 23, 2019, clergy and lay members of our Synod circulated a petition asking Bishop Oulton to convene a Special Synod [prior to our regular 2020 Synod] to address the matter of solemnization of same sex marriages in the Diocese of Ontario. This petition achieved a quorum of both lay and clerical members of Synod. Bishop Oulton has announced that in response to the petition, he will convene a Special Synod on October 26, 2019, in Kingston. The single agenda item of this Special Synod will be consideration of a proposed motion requesting the Bishop of Ontario to authorize the marriage of same sex couples within the boundaries of the diocese, including the conditions for extending episcopal permission and protection for those whose conscience precludes officiating at such liturgies. Synod delegates and clergy will be notified directly from the office of the Diocesan Executive Officer and Secretary of Synod, Alex Pierson, regarding details surrounding this Special Synod.