Synod brings the coast together

By EMMA CORNFORD

THE GRAFTON Anglican Diocese held its annual Synod during the weekend at the Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton.

Around 110 representatives from schools, agencies, parishes and chaplaincies between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie attended the Synod, which began on Friday night with a Synod Eucharist and presidential address.

Bishop of Grafton and president of the Synod, the Right Reverend Keith Slater, said the weekend presented the chance for the diocese to reflect on items of interest within the church and parishes and look forward to the future.

"We've been working through a Diocese review for the past year and the Synod was really a chance to ... produce an end product, which was our vision statement," Bishop Slater said.

"We hope it can energise each of the ministries within whatever is their undertaking and we encourage them to reflect on the new vision in whatever they're doing."

Bishop Slater said growing and resourcing leadership capabilities was another important part of the weekend, particularly in regard to vocational deacons.

"We want to recognise those who are ordained as deacons in the church ... so a part of the Synod has been trying to give some recognition to those people, so on Friday night we created the household of vocational deacons," he said.

"We hope it will help give integrity and support to vocational deacons in their ministry which is important."

By EMMA CORNFORD

THE GRAFTON Anglican Diocese held its annual Synod during the weekend at the Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton.

Around 110 representatives from schools, agencies, parishes and chaplaincies between Tweed Heads and Port Macquarie attended the Synod, which began on Friday night with a Synod Eucharist and presidential address.

Bishop of Grafton and president of the Synod, the Right Reverend Keith Slater, said the weekend presented the chance for the diocese to reflect on items of interest within the church and parishes and look forward to the future.

"We've been working through a Diocese review for the past year and the Synod was really a chance to ... produce an end product, which was our vision statement," Bishop Slater said.

"We hope it can energise each of the ministries within whatever is their undertaking and we encourage them to reflect on the new vision in whatever they're doing."

Bishop Slater said growing and resourcing leadership capabilities was another important part of the weekend, particularly in regard to vocational deacons.

"We want to recognise those who are ordained as deacons in the church ... so a part of the Synod has been trying to give some recognition to those people, so on Friday night we created the household of vocational deacons," he said.

"We hope it will help give integrity and support to vocational deacons in their ministry which is important."



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