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Cast the Net


“Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.” (John 21)


The diocese is embarking on a visioning process to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next five years. After more than two years of pandemic, we need to rediscover how to sing together again.


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What is Cast the Net?

Cast the Net is a process of vision, planning and strategy that will unfold over the next year, with recommendations and calls to action coming to Synod in 2023.

“After the disruption of Easter, the disciples’ instinct is to return to the familiarity of fishing. But everything has changed, and the old way of doing things doesn’t work. Our instinct, too, may be to go back to what’s comfortable – what we know we’re good at. But God is calling us to do things in a new way. What will happen if we cast our nets on the other side of the boat?” – Bishop Andrew Asbil

Read more about the launch of Cast the Net.

Timeline so far

  • A graphic representing items on a timelineMay 2022: Synod Council approves Cast the Net & allocates money to support it
  • June: consultation with Synod Council members
  • June: the Rev. Dr. Alison Falby and Dave Toycen, ODT come on board as co-chairs
  • June: Cast the Net launches to the Diocese!
  • July: Members join the visioning group
  • September: consultations with clergy
  • October-November: parish consultations

Steering committee

  • Co-chairs: the Rev. Dr. Alison Falby and Dave Toycen, ODT
  • Members: the Rev. Alvardo Adderley, Cormac Culkeen, the Rev. Andrew Federle, Tina George, Eirene Wee, the Rev. Debbie Wilson
  • Consultants: Canon Ian Alexander, the Very Rev. Peter Elliott, Dr. Anita Gittens, ODT
  • Secretary: Norah Bolton, ODT
  • Ex officio: Bishop Andrew Asbil or Canon Mary Conliffe