Synod 2018

Diocesan Synod 2018

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 Plenary Speakers

Reverend Dr. Christopher Brittain

Reverend 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

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.

Reverend Dr. Glen Taylor

Reverend 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.


General Synod Delegate Nominations

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 and return it to the Nominations Committee care of wclarke@ontario.anglican.ca .

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 .

General Synod Delegate Nomination Form


Upcoming Pre-Synod dates for Consultations and Pre-Synod Deanery Meetings

April: Consultation Meetings on Canon 21

Hastings/Quinte – Tuesday April 17 at Christ Church, Belleville, 7 pm.
Leeds-Grenville – Thursday April 19 at St. Lawrence, Brockville, 7 pm.
Frontenac – Wednesday April 25 at St. Mark’s, Barriefield, 7 pm.

May: Vision & Strategy and Budget Consultation Meetings

Tuesday, May 15, 7 pm.
Host location: Diocesan Synod Office.
Satellite locations: St. George’s, Trenton & St. Lawrence, Brockville.

June: Consultation Meeting on Constitution and CMM Structure

Tuesday, June 12, 7 pm.
Host location: Diocesan Synod Office with phone or web access.

September: Pre-Synod Deanery Meetings

Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm at Holy Trinity Oak Leaf.
Wednesday, September 19, 7 pm at St. Peter’s, Collins Bay.
Thursday, September 20, 7 pm at Christ Church, Glen Miller.

November: Synod

November 1–3, Synod held at Sheraton Hotel, Kingston.