The Synod meets approximately every 18 months to hear reports, discern proposals, and discuss matters that concern the general oversight, direction and administration of the life of the Church.
Originally scheduled for November 2020, due to the impacts of COVID-19 it was decided that the Synod meeting be deferred until February 2021 and to be held as a virtual (online) meeting from February 26-February 28.
Rather than a challenge, the Synod Business Committee invited the Church to see the opportunities which this new way of meeting presented and to view Synod 2021 is an opportunity to gather together the breadth of today’s Church.
The entire Synod 2021 meeting was broadcast live for members of the wider church.
You can watch the recordings of all broadcast sessions, including the Synod Worship Service here
The Indicative Session Program (below) provides an overview of what was covered in each session.
Daily written summaries of Synod 2021 can also be found on Crosslight Online
The next Synod Meeting is scheduled to be held in mid-2022.
Videos of the Bible Studies shared by Rev Dr Kylie Crabbe at Synod 2021 are now available (see below).
The set of three studies explores readings of scripture inspired by disability studies, prompting us to consider how we return from the pandemic experience and using all we have learned. Things to consider include the nature of our community, shared vulnerabilities, the biblical text’s challenge about who we put at our community’s centre as we rebuild, as well as “the terror of the miracle tradition”.
Congregations, faith communities and agencies might consider using these as the basis for their own series of studies, joining together to read the central passage for each session, watch the video, and then share in discussion.
The sessions focus on: (1) Jeremiah 31.1-14; (2) Matthew 21.8-17; and (3) Luke 14.7-24. A handout with suggestions of further reading is also available (see Related Documents below).
Kylie Crabbe is a Uniting Church Minister, Senior Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University, and Associate Teacher at Pilgrim Theological College.
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