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.
What happens at Synod?
At Synod, members determine, at a high level, the priorities for Diocesan Council and its boards and committees, and refocus the mission of the Church throughout the Diocese. Synod gatherings are a time of worship, inspiration and education, as well as a forum for affirming the direction of our ministry together.
To carry on the work of Synod between its sessions, Diocesan Council meets on a regular basis. Learn more about Diocesan Council and its committees.