Synod members will chart a new course for Anglican Church of Canada

Toronto - May 20, 2004 -- The Anglican Church of Canada is likely to look quite different in the aftermath of a meeting of its chief governing and legislative body which convenes in St. Catharines, Ont., next week.

Among other things, the 300 synod members will be electing a new Primate or leader. They must also deal with several contentious issues, among them what to do about the blessing of same-sex unions, and the adoption of a strategic plan to guide the work and mission of the church until the year 2010.

The biblical theme of the synod, chosen to reflect substantial changes the church is facing in both leadership and direction, is See, I am making all things new from Revelation.

The synod, comprised of lay people, deacons, priests and bishops elected from each of the church’s 30 dioceses, as well as visiting partners from Canada and abroad, will be part of a formal installation ceremony for the new Primate to be held at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton on June 4. The installation and a formal dinner afterwards will officially close the eight-day General Synod.

There are five major highlights to this 37 th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Other highlights include a farewell to Archbishop Peers, the former Primate, which will take place in Niagara Falls, Ont., the evening of May 30, and a presentation by former staff of native residential schools, scheduled for the morning of June 3.

General Synod members will also discuss and debate a host of resolutions and motions dealing with the work of the church. They will elect members of the standing committees that oversee the work of staff as well as members of the Council of General Synod which governs the church in years when General Synod does not meet.

Among the visitors attending some or all of the General Synod are Bishop Raymond Schultz, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and Bishop Frank Griswold, Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, who is scheduled to preach at the installation of the new Primate.

The synod opens on Friday, May 28 and closes on Friday, June 4.

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