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2021 Regular Synod

Notice of Meeting

160th Regular Session of Synod

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto, has called all Synod members in the Diocese of Toronto to assemble virtually for the 160th Regular Session of Synod starting on the evening of Thurs., Nov. 25 and ending mid-day on Sat., Nov. 27, 2021.

Area Pre-Synod Meetings

Episcopal Areas will hold Pre-Synod Meetings to prepare for the upcoming Regular Session of Synod.  The meetings will be content-rich to ease some of the pressure from Synod’s Agenda.

Mark your calendar to hold one of the following dates for a virtual meeting:

  • Sat., Oct. 2, 2021
    • York-Simcoe from 9 am to 12 noon
    • Trent-Durham from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Sat., Oct. 23, 2021
    • York-Scarborough from 9 am to 12 noon
    • York-Credit Valley from 1 pm to 4 pm

More information, including registration information and/or virtual meeting coordinates, will be posted closer to the dates.

Love Thy Neighbour

The theme of this 160th Regular Session of Synod is ‘Love Thy Neighbour.’ In reflecting on these words with the Galatians, Paul writes, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” To the Corinthians, he writes, “Let all that you do be done in love.”

Call for General Synod 2022 Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Diocese of Toronto is calling for nominations for General Synod 2022.  All voting members of Diocesan Synod are entitled to make nominations of any voting members of Synod. The election will take place at the virtual 160th Regular Session of Synod on November 26 and 27, 2021.

General Synod meets every three years, and the term of office for a member is three years. The term of office will begin at the next Session of General Synod in 2022.

The 43rd session of the General Synod will take place in Calgary, Alberta during the Assembly with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).  Assembly takes place from July 13 to 17, 2022 with ELCIC departing the morning of July 16 and members of General Synod continuing with business until the end of the day on July 17.  During the Assembly, the two governing bodies will meet both together and separately.

Nominees to General Synod will be required to remain a member of the Diocese of Toronto’s Synod for the duration of their term of office. They must be willing and able to attend all meetings of General Synod and must be willing to serve on a sub-committee or working group should they be asked or elected to do so.  Expenses incurred are covered according to diocesan policy.

The Nominating Committee is requesting that nominations be submitted by September 8, 2021 at 12:00 noon to the Secretary of Synod.  Nominations must be submitted using the Nomination Form.  For further information, you may contact Pamela Boisvert, Secretary of Synod, 416- 363-6021 ext. 231 (1-800-668-8932).

Registration Fee

To help defray the costs of meals, beverages and accommodation during Synod, each member of Synod is normally charged a Registration Fee.  (In 2019, the fee was $195 per member).  Due to financial uncertainty related to the effects of COVID 19 on church revenues and the ability to cover the entire cost of Synod through the existing Diocesan budget and sponsorship revenue, parishes will not be charged a Registration Fee for Synod in 2021.

Key Documents

Convening Circular

  • Section A – Notice of Meeting, general information
  • Section B – Diocesan Council’s Report to Synod
  • Section C – Financial Report and Audited Financial Statements for 2020
  • Section D – Priorities and Plans 2021-2022 and Budgets for 2022
  • Section E – Assessment Rate for 2022
  • Section F – Constitution and Canons Committee

As sections of the Convening Circular are finalized, they will be posted on this page with the complete Circular being posted by Sept. 24, 2021.