The Synod is the legislative body of the diocese, but Synod is more than just “business.” It’s a joy-filled opportunity to gather as a diocese for worship and fellowship and spiritual growth. There is always great music, Bible teaching and breakout sessions on topics central to our churches’ ministries and mission. In addition, many mission agencies are on hand in the exhibit area, offering us a wide range of resources.
It’s a great event, so much so that it draws even more guests than delegates!
As the legislative body of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic, Synod also adopts canons (our governing rules), approves the budget, and takes any other action necessary for the life and work of our diocese.
Synod meets annually and consists of the clergy order and the lay order. The clergy delegates include the bishop and the priests and deacons of the diocese. The lay delegates are those elected by the local congregations and missions, plus the lay members of the Standing Committee. The clergy are those under the authority of our bishop.
In addition, the Synod includes four youth delegates, nominated by our churches and chosen by the Standing Committee. They also have voice and vote.
Everyone is invited to Synod, so plan to join in this fall.Handy Canonical Definitions
Nov. 18-19, 2016
Nov. 13-14, 2015
Nov. 14-15, 2014
Nov. 15-16, 2013
October 12-13 2012
November 18-19, 2012