2015 November Diocesan Synod
Before Synod got underway the Houses of Clergy and Laity met separately to re-elect The Revd Canon Jonathan Alderton Ford and Canon Michael Wilde as Vice Presidents of Synod respectively.
A New Triennium
This was the first Synod of the current triennium and it began with a Eucharist, Bishop Martin paying tribute in his sermon to the many lives lost in Paris the preceding evening and encouraging that we be “persistent in prayer” for peace, participating with God to achieve His justice.
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley then gave his Presidential Address leading members in their huge appreciation to Canon George Woodward who, after many years of faithful service to the diocese, is standing down as Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance.
The Bishop reflected on his first six months in office and all the good that he has seen. He also noted the challenges we face; most notably to address issues of finance. Watch the full video of Bishop Martin’s Presidential Address on our You Tube page here.
Also at Synod:
Bishop Martin gave an update on the Reform & Renewal agenda of the national church and talked Synod through the current work developing a diocesan strategy.
Canon George Woodward, outgoing Chairman of the Diocesan Board of Finance, presented the 2016 Budget and Centenary Share allocation. These were both accepted.
Our new General Synod representatives were introduced to Diocesan Synod. They are the Revd Canon Jonathan Alderton-Ford, the Revd Andrew Dotchin, the Revd Christopher (Tiffer) Robinson, Canon Anthony Allwood, Mrs Karen Galloway and Mr David Lamming. The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury, will also serve on General Synod as one of the representative Southern Province Deans.
Synod received an update on the Centenary Fund and the Foundation of St Edmund. Two separate funds which will support mission and ministry in our diocese. You can read more about these in the January East Anglican magazine.
The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, Dean of St Edmundsbury, gave an update on the archive of our centenary celebrations.
The next meeting of the Diocesan Synod will be on 12 March 2016.