2017 Regular Synod

Notice of Meeting

The Archbishop of Toronto, the Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson has called all Synod members in the Diocese of Toronto to assemble at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites (9005 Leslie St., Richmond Hill, Ontario) for the 157th Regular Session of Synod starting on the morning of Friday, November 24, 2017, and ending at mid-day on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

As in previous years, ALL information for the 157th Regular Session of Synod will only be available electronically on the website. This includes the Notice of Meeting, Online Registration and the Convening Circular.  Members of Synod are asked to check the Diocesan website periodically for updates.

Lists of Members of Synod

The names of Synod members, both clerical and lay, are listed below.  The list for Bishop’s Appointees and Youth and Young Adult Members will be posted as soon as they are finalized.

If you are a Member of Synod and your name is not on either of the two lists, please contact Pamela Boisvert at pboisvert@toronto.anglican.ca or 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 231 as soon as possible. 

Theme

Synod’s theme will be Growing in Christ. Our strategic plan 2016-2021 lays out a bold five year vision and sets the foundations for how we will work together to build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about Growing in Christ.

Call for Provincial Synod 2018 Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Diocese of Toronto is calling for nominations for members of Provincial Synod.  All members of Diocesan Synod are entitled to make nominations of any members of Synod. The deadline to submit a nomination is September 1, 2017.  The election will take place at the Regular Session of Diocesan Synod in November 2017. Learn more.

Convening Circular

As sections of the Convening Circular are finalized, they will be posted on the Diocesan website starting in June with the complete Convening Circulated being posted by Monday, September 25, 2017.

Pre-Synod Meetings

Episcopal Areas will hold Pre-Synod Meetings to prepare for the upcoming Regular Session of Synod.  Agenda items will include: Orientation for new Synod Members, Priorities and Plans 2017-2019 including the Assessment Rate, and elections for Diocesan Council.  Attendance at Pre-Synod Meetings is extremely important as this is the setting for Synod members to engage in discussion and debate on items being brought before Synod for approval.  Please mark your calendar to hold the following dates related to Synod:

  • Trent-Durham:  Saturday, October 14, 2017 at St. Thomas, Brooklin – 101 Winchester Road East, Brooklin.  From 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (registration starting at 8:45 a.m.)  Click here for directions:  St. Thomas.
  • York-Scarborough:  Saturday, October 14, 2017 at St. Andrew, Scarborough – 2333 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto.  From 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration starting at 1:45 p.m.)  Click here for directions:  St. Andrew
  • York-Simcoe:  Saturday, October 21, 2017 at St. George, Allandale (Barrie) – 9 Granville Street, Barrie.  From 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (registration starting at 8:45 a.m.)  Click here for directions:  St. George.
  • York-Credit Valley:  Saturday, October 21, 2017 at St. Bride, Clarkson – 1516 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga.  From From 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (registration starting at 1:45 p.m.)  Click here for directions: St. Bride.

Parish Registration Fee for Synod

The Registration Fee for Synod will be $156 per member. Parishes will be invoiced in July 2017 based on full attendance for their Synod fees through the accounts receivable process. Non-voting Members of Synod and retired clergy will be asked to pay their fees when they send in their pre-registration forms in the fall.

Online Registration

Online Registration for Members of Synod will open on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, and close on Monday, October 16, 2017. Detailed instructions on how to pre-register will be e-mailed to Members of Synod in early September.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to consider a sponsorship opportunity with the Diocese of Toronto in support of our 157th Regular Session of Synod, please contact Peter Misiaszek, Director of Stewardship Development, 416-363-6021 ext. 246 (1-800-668-8932).  Learn more.

Accommodation

Accommodation, at no extra charge, will be provided to all Lay Members and the Main Priest from each congregation within the deaneries of Durham & Northumberland, Holland, Huronia, Nottawasaga, Oshawa, Peterborough, Tecumseth and Victoria & Haliburton.  Ex-Officio members, Bishop’s Appointees and Youth and Young Adult Members from the same deaneries will also receive accommodation at no extra charge.

Your eligibility is indicated in the Registration Report document.  Eligibility is noted under the ‘Accommodation’ heading as either “ELIGIBLE” or “NOT ELIGIBLE”.  If you believe an error was made, please contact Pamela Boisvert by telephone at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 231.

If you are ELIGIBLE for accommodation, more information will be provided when you pre-register for Synod.  This information is being provided for your information.

Questions

For more information, please contact Pamela Boisvert, Secretary of Synod, 416- 363-6021 ext. 231 (1-800-668-8932).