General Synod Times: Fall 2003

The General Synod Times is a short newsletter that will keep you up-to-date on preparations for General Synod 2004. It will provide you with information that will be helpful to you as you prepare for General Synod. If you have ideas about what you would like to see in the news letter, please send them along to the General Synod Coordinator, Margaret Shawyer, whose telephone, fax and email are listed below.

When and Where is General Synod?

When? May 28, 2004 to June 4, 2004

Where? Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Diocese of Niagara

Theme and Logo for General Synod

Logo of General SynodThe theme of the Synod is from Revelation

21: 5 See, I Am Making All Things New.

Voici, je renouvelle toutes choses. Ayi, akohkanawaansoyiwwa* Ga'asima, Siiwilhl t xanitkwshl aguhl jabiý** As Anglicans we live in a diversity of relationships, differing theological paradigms, unique challenges and controversies. At the same time, we are on the verge of new directions: a new strategic plan, the new agape a new primate, and, we pray, a renewed sense of the church's unity in its diversity.

We remain God's people, living in hope that grace is indeed stronger than any of our challenges; that God's faithfulness can indeed do more than we can ask or imagine.

* Siksika translation
** Nisga'a

The General Synod Planning Committee

Members of the General Synod Planning Committee are: Mr. Peter Irish, Chair, Ms. Dorothy Davies-Flindall, Prolocutor of General Synod; Rev. Dr. Stephen Hopkins, Diocese of Niagara, the Rev. Nick Parker, Diocese of New Westminster; the Rev. Andrew Wesley, Anglican Council of Indigenous People; Archdeacon Marion Vincett and Archdeacon Bruce McPetrie, Diocese of Niagara and Co-Chairs of the Local Arrangements Committee; Dean Peter Wall, Diocese of Niagara and Chair of the Worship Committee; Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary; Margaret Shawyer, Coordinator of General Synod Planning; Dianne Izzard, General Synod Assistant .

The General Synod Agenda

There are five major issues before this Synod: the election and installation of a new Primate; a new plan for the work of the national church; a presentation by the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples; an address by Stephen Lewis on HIV/AIDS and discussion and debate on the blessing of same sex unions. In addition, there will be an opportunity to say farewell to Archbishop Peers at a dinner to be held at the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls .

Worship at General Synod

The opening service will be held on Friday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre at Brock University . The Closing service and installation of the New Primate will be held at Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton on Friday, June 4 at 4:00 p.m. . At the beginning of each day you will meet in home groups for bible study and reflection. Morning Office and Night Prayer will take place in the Plenary Hall. Noon eucharists are scheduled at various times throughout Synod.

Our Host

The Right Reverent D. Ralph SpenceBishop Spence is the tenth Bishop of Niagara, having been consecrated in Christ's Church Cathedral, Hamilton, Ontario on September 20th, 1997 (as Coadjutor Bishop), and installed as Diocesan Bishop on January 11, 1998. Bishop Spence is chief liturgical officer and chief pastor for the clergy and laity of the Diocese of Niagara and a member of the Council of General Synod 2001-2004.

How Do I Get Information About General Synod?

You will be sent various mailings from the Office of the General Secretary that will provide you with all that you need to know about travel and accommodation; the agenda and the issues, reports and resolutions to be discussed and debated at Synod; programs for children and spouses; as well as special events that will be held during Synod. In addition, an Orientation Session for all delegates will be held on Friday, May 28.

How to Contact Us

For registration, travel and accommodation information contact

Dianne Izzard, General Synod Assistant
Phone: 416-924-9199 ext. 275
Fax: 416-924-0211

For all other information contact:

Margaret Shawyer, Coordinator General Synod Planning
Phone: 416-924-9199 ext. 214
Fax: 416-924-0211


Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary
Phone: 416-924-9199 ext. 280
Fax 416-924-0211


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