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Synod 13-15 September 2019 Essential Information

Andrew Metcalfe —

The Synod book is now available electronically and is attached below. Hard copies are being posted to all Synod reps this week. Pre-Synod Archdeaconry meetings are organised - details also below. More information will be posted here as it becomes available. Please bookmark this page and check for any updates.

Read on for updated information for all Clergy and Lay representatives for Synod 2019. Synod is taking place at St John's Church, Roslyn, Dunedin, from Friday 13 September to Sunday 15 September. 

The Synod Book will be physically posted on August 19 but is available on-line now (see attachments below). This will allow you to access/read more than 21 days before Synod. Tip: if you go to the Index of the Synod book and Ctrl + click on information you want to go to, this will take you there without having to scroll through all the pages. 

Pre-Synod Archdeaconry meetings for all Lay and Clergy reps are being held:

  • Central Otago - Tuesday 3 September at St Andrew’s in Cromwell. We will begin with Eucharist at 10am and conclude by 2pm. 
  • Dunedin - Tuesday 3 September at the Diocesan office 7pm. Attendance by Zoom is possible. Please let us know at the Diocesan office  if you wish to do this.
  • Oamaru - Sunday 8th September at 3pm - at St Luke's Oamaru

Synod will convene on Friday 13th September at 7.00 pm with the Synod Eucharist at St John's Anglican Church in Roslyn. It will reconvene Saturday 14th at 8.30am at St John's Roslyn and will conclude no later than 3.00 pm on Sunday 15th September. We are also planning a service  at the Cathedral on Sunday 15th at 10 am  followed by morning tea as part of the weekend to celebrate 150 years of the Diocese of Dunedin being in existence.

Lay representatives to Diocesan Synod are elected on a two year cycle. Elections were held at Parish AGMs last year in 2018. So if you were a Synod representative at Synod last year, your term continues to  Synod 2019 also.

A reminder that the Guide to Synod is useful to have a look at.

Also, check out the 2018 Year Book which contains a record of the proceedings from Synod 2018.

Synod 2018 was the first session of the sixtieth Synod - in part 2 one of the tasks is to elect Diocese of Dunedin representatives for the Tikanga Pakeha Conference and General Synod which is due to meet in Nelson from  9-15 May 2020.  Nomination forms are attached below. Those eligible to stand are (Canon 1 Title B):

1) Clergy - 

Every ordained minister who is licensed to any ministry, or to any ecclesiastical office in any diocese in New Zealand shall be qualified to be elected as a clerical representative, whether residing in the diocese or not.

2) Lay -

 Every member of the laity, having been baptised and being registered in any local ministry and mission unit or recognized worshipping community in any diocese, shall be qualified to be elected as a lay representative in any diocese.

Two memos are attached below as well as information on catering (a Word version you can fill in the boxes and a .pdf version you can print and send into us by 27 August) as well as some accommodation options.

Have a look below at the memo to parishes about AGMs. Other information is also attached (statistical returns, Vestry declarations and so on).

There are also updated versions of the Standing Resolutions of Synod in our Dropbox area. Please note that Statute 1: To regulate the composition and procedures of the Diocesan Synod and to establish a diocesan council has also been updated.

If you have any questions please contact the Diocesan Office: registrar@calledsouth.org.nz or phone 03 - 488-0821