Synod 2016 Information
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.
What happens at Synod?Synod begins Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., with the Eucharist followed by a reception in the Atrium where the exhibits will be on display. Saturday morning begins with Morning Prayer followed by the business portion of Synod. Lunch is provided to all who register. The business portion concludes in the afternoon, if necessary, followed by breakout sessions.
Who can attend?
Anyone one may attend any of the sessions of Synod as well as the Friday night Eucharist. However, only clergy resident in the diocese and lay delegates from DOMA churches can vote.
Yes • If you would like attend Synod as a guest or observer and stay for lunch on Saturday please register so we have an accurate count for lunch. There is no charge for this event. Everyone who registers will receive a nametag and packet. Clergy and delegates are asked to register so that ballots can be prepared for them. An announcement will be made when Synod 2016 registration will open.
No • If you plan to come to the Friday night Eucharist or the Saturday breakout sessions, or just drop by a look at the exhibits, no registration is needed.
A special rate ($89.00/night +tax) is available at the Comfort Suites Hotel (14525 Gideon Drive, Woodbridge, VA). When making your booking, requet the group rate for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. Deadline is Tuesday, August 18, 2016. Click here for reservations or call 703-490-4100.