Synod 2018

Diocesan Synod 2018 – “Rooted in Faith, Growing in Spirit”

The 142nd session of Diocesan Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario will be held November 1-3, 2018, at the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston. The main agenda items of our Synod will include:

Draft Constitution and Canons
The draft diocesan Constitution and Canons that were approved as policy at Synod 2016 will be presented at Synod 2018 for approval. Since Synod 2016, a wide consultative process has been underway with diocesan stakeholders and leadership soliciting input and proposed changes to the draft Constitution and Canons. Overall changes to the Canons and Constitution have been made to ensure compliance with changes to the new Provincial Not-For-Profit Corporations Act.

2018 Budget and CMM structure
Synod will vote on the proposed 2018 diocesan budget. Synod will also have the opportunity to review and debate conversation around the Common Ministry and Mission (CMM) structure going forward. A new CMM structure is intended to address the question of “what is the CMM structure aiming to accomplish?”

Proposed changes to the Marriage Canon
All diocesan synods are being asked to consider the proposed changes to the Marriage Canon that passed first reading at General Synod 2016. Diocesan wide consultation sessions on the Marriage Canon will be held in 2018 along with facilitated group discussions to be held at our 2018 synod. Written documentation as a result of our 2018 diocesan consultation sessions and group discussions at this year’s Synod will be collated into a body of material that will be forwarded to General Synod 2019. The following downloadable resources are provided as a “tool box” designed to assist clergy in planning sessions related to the proposed change to the Marriage Canon.

• Synod 2018 Draft Agenda


Synod 2018 Parish Registration Form

Use the following link to download the Synod 2018 Parish Registration Form. Clergy are asked to fill out the registration form for their parish. The Registration Fee for Synod 2018 will be $115 per person for all eligible members and includes: breakfast on Friday and Saturday morning, morning and afternoon breaks on Friday and Saturday, lunch on Friday and Saturday and dinner on Friday.

Download Synod 2018 Parish Registration Form


Nominations for General Synod delegates & Synod Council

General Synod

General Synod

The Diocese of Ontario will be sending four delegates alongside Bishop Michael Oulton to the 42nd General Synod in 2019. Nominations are being sought for two clergy and two lay delegates. Alternates will also be determined by this election. All must be members of the 2018 Diocesan Synod and be available for the General Synod to be held from July 10 to the 16 of 2019 in Vancouver, BC.

Currently on the agenda of this General Synod is the 2nd reading of the resolution on Canon XXI on marriage and a Primatial election to replace our current Primate Fred Hiltz.  Other matters may include the affirmation of the national church’s Vision 2019, and work of the wider church such as the PWRDF, national church budget, reconciliation ministries with First Peoples.

Persons interested in letting their names stand for election can fill out the Nomination Form [link below] and return it to the Nominations Committee care of wclarke@ontario.anglican.ca or synod2018@ontario.anglican.ca.

Deadlines for General Synod Delegate nominations have been extended to September 17, 2018.

General Synod Delegate Nomination Form (PDF)
General Synod Delegate Nomination Form (MS Word)

Synod Council

Synod Council

Members to our Synod Council are elected to a four-year term. Of the three representatives from each deanery, one must be Lay and one must be Clergy, the third can be from either. (Canon 2)

There is a need for eight members to be elected for Synod Council:

Hastings: Lay and Clergy or Lay.
Quinte: Lay and Clergy or Lay.
Frontenac: Clergy and Lay or Clergy.
Leeds & Grenville: Clergy and Lay or Clergy.

Persons interested in letting their names stand for election can fill out the Nomination Form [link below] and return it to the Nominations Committee care of wclarke@ontario.anglican.ca or synod2018@ontario.anglican.ca.

Deadlines for General Synod Delegate nominations have been extended to September 17, 2018.

General Synod Delegate Nomination Form (PDF)
General Synod Delegate Nomination Form (MS Word)


Upcoming Pre-Synod Deanery Meetings

September: Pre-Synod Deanery Meetings

Leeds & Grenville Deanery
Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm at Holy Trinity Oak Leaf.
Frontenac Deanery
Wednesday, September 19, 7 pm at St. Peter’s, Collins Bay.
Quinte/Hastings Deanery
Thursday, September 20, 7 pm at Christ Church, Glen Miller.


Synod 2018 Plenary Speakers

Rev. Dr. Christopher Brittain is Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is an ordained Anglican priest with parish ministry experience, having served in  three dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada, in the Episcopal Church of   Scotland, and the Diocese of Europe.

 

Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat is Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at both Wycliffe and Trinity Colleges, University of Toronto. She is also the Biblical Scholar in   Residence at St. James Anglican Church, Fenelon Falls. Dr. Keesmaat first began speaking on issues pertaining to same-sex marriage while taking part in the Diocesan Conversations on Same-Sex Blessings in the Diocese of Toronto in 2004.

Rev. Dr. Glen Taylor is Associate Professor of Scripture and Global  Christianity at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, and cross-appointed to the School of Graduate Studies for the Department of Religion. He is an ordained Anglican priest. Some years ago he published an article on Homosexuality in biblical perspective, which was later published in a book featuring best articles.


Synod 2018 Bishop’s Evening Reception

Steel City Rovers and Off the Grid

Synod 2018 Bishop’s Evening Reception featuring the internationally renowned Steel City Rovers—bringing their blend of Celtic and North American musical traditions for an evening of Celtabilly music to Synod 2018. In their ambitious first few years, these Canadians have risen to appear internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards and to have their original works top the traditional radio charts. The Rovers are warm and engaging performers who are simply electric to witness in person.

Also featured will be Off the Grid featuring Scott Cameron, Tara Cameron and Sierra Davidson. Off the Grid’s music awakens and reshapes the spirit of 70s, 80s, and 90s popular song craft with its own signature, contemporary collection of original repertoire. ​This eclectic union brings together a fascinating mix of acoustic roots, blues, bluegrass, nuevo-flamenco and classical influences in a refreshing and often surprising way.

Synod Members and guests will enjoy an evening of live entertainment and fellowship while selecting from a variety of food choices at a self-serve dinner with a cash bar. The reception is free for Synod members. For non-synod members the fee will be $20. Delegates and guests are asked to register online by Monday October 1, 2016. Email: synod2018@ontario.anglican.ca.

Date: Friday November 2.
Time: 6:30 pm.
Location: Synod 2018, Sheraton Four Points, Kingston.


Synod Manual for Delegates

Attending our 2018 Diocesan Synod as a delegate? This comprehensive guide outlines the responsibilities of being a synod delegate and member, and will provide you with the tools necessary to fulfill this important role in the life of our diocese. Download the Synod 2018 manual.

Synod 2018 Convening Circular

Nominations
Nominations to be posted when available
Notices of Motion
Notices of Motion to be posted when available
Officers of Synod and Parochial Listing
Officers of Synod and Parochial Listing to be posted when available
Reports
Reports to be posted when available
Constitution & Canons

DRAFT Canons (revised March 2018)

DRAFT Constitution (revised March 2018)

Financial Statements
Financial Statements to be posted when available