Notice of Meeting
The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto, has signified his intention to assemble the Synod of the Diocese of Toronto for the 160th Regular Session of Synod on:
- Thurs., Nov. 25, 2021 from 7 pm to 9 pm
- Fri., Nov. 26, 2021 from 10 am to 5 pm (lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm), and
- Sat., Nov. 27, 2021 from 10 am to 12 noon
The meeting will be held virtually using an Online Event Platform. Watch your email for a link and password to access the webpage.
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.”
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
The meeting will be held virtually using an online event platform.
To join the Pre-Synod meeting: https://app.livecastmedia.com/event/synod
Password: PreSynod (case sensitive)
Feel free to visit the online portal between now and the meeting. However, if multiple people try to access it at the same time, you may get an error message. The online portal will be open 30 minutes prior to the start time of your Area Pre-Synod Meeting. To learn more about how to join, basic commands, voting instructions, and how questions and answers will work, read the manual.
Call for expressions of interest to serve on Synod Council or one of its Committees
The Nominating Committee is issuing a call for expressions of interest from people across the Diocese who would like to serve on the Synod Council or one of its Committees should Synod approve the Governance Pilot Project.
The Synod Council would be an amalgamation of the Diocesan Council and the Executive Board. The Synod Council would generally exercise the executive powers of the Synod between sessions except those of a legislative character.
The Committees include:
- Finance – provide financial and technology oversight.
- Property – consider and make recommendations to parishes regarding their proposed significant capital projects and renovations and report on the same to Synod Council.
- Human Resources – provide oversight support to the Synod Council on personnel policies and practices including succession planning, compensation and recruitment practices.
- Risk & Governance – assist in identifying, mitigating, managing and accepting risk and assessing and ensuring appropriate governance structures of the Diocese are operating effectively. The Committee also reports on the disposition of real property, gifts, requests for grants, trusts, and major alterations to church property, fulfilling the statutory requirement for particular fiduciary oversight in some issues.
To learn more about the new governance proposal, see:
To learn more about the original governance proposal, see:
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.
- Section A – Notice of Meeting, general information, etc.
- Section B – Diocesan Council’s Report to Synod
- Affordable Housing (starting on page 74)
- Diocesan Environmental Plan and Single-Use Plastics (starting on page 76)
- Section C – Financial Report for 2020, Financial Statements for the Incorporated Synod and Financial Statements for the Cemetery Fund
- Section D – Priorities and Plans and Budget for 2022
- Section E – Assessment Rate for 2022
- Section F – Constitution and Canons Committee
- Section G – Governance Pilot Project
- List of Synod Members: Lay Members of Synod (by congregation), Lay Members of Synod (by surname), Youth, Ex-Officio, Bishop’s Appointees, Administrators, Lay Canons, Courtesies of the House, Clerical Members of Synod (by surname)
- Diocesan Apportionment Calculations
- Diocesan Statistical Return for 2019
- Minutes of the previous meeting
- Other Reports to Synod
Q: I have an iPad, not a computer. Will that be an acceptable device to use?
A: Yes, you can use an iPad to join Synod and Pre-Synod events. However, it’s not ideal especially if you are a voting Synod member. The screen proportions shift a little and the link to vote, to the help buttons and the phone in number won’t be as easy to see or access as it would in a computer, however you can get used to it.
Q: Will you be providing close captioning at this year’s Synod?
A: Yes, we will be providing close captioning at all area Pre-Synod meetings and Synod.
Q: Is November 25th going to be the Eucharist and celebration of FaithWorks all in the evening?
Q: Will there be voting business to attend to as well on Thursday evening?
A: No voting business has been booked for Thursday, November 25th.
Q: Is there any current layout/structure for the 26th and 27th days?
A: The Agenda Committee is currently working on the Agenda for Synod, so we do not have confirmation regarding timing. However, please note that we are planning to have a shorter Synod on both Friday and Saturday.
Q: We were considering watching and participating together in the church hall, but I wonder how that might effect voting? Would everyone need to be signed in separately to vote?
A:Multiple people watching Synod together on one large screen will not impact voting, provided each voter uses their device (phone, iPad/tablet, etc.) to cast their vote when the time comes.