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What is Synod?

A Synod is a gathering of lay and clerical members who constitute the governing body of the Church. This has been the most common way of involving the laity in the governance of the Church.

Synod is made up of all the licensed clergy in the Diocese and lay members (non-clergy). At its annual vestry meeting, each parish (or congregation, in the case of a multi-point parish) elects lay members to attend the Diocesan Synod, which usually meets every other year.

157th Regular Session of Synod “Growing in Christ”

What happens at Synod?

At Synod, members determine, at a high level, the priorities for Synod Council and its committees and refocus the mission of the Church throughout the Diocese. Synod gatherings are a time of worship, inspiration and education, and a forum for affirming the direction of our ministry together.

To carry on the work of Synod between its sessions, Synod Council meets regularly.

Learn more

You can learn more about Synod in the Constitution.

For more information, contact Pamela Boisvert, Secretary of Synod, at 647-578-9755.