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Synod 2021 was held as a virtual meeting earlier this year and the condensed timeframe meant the Service Of Tributes was not able to take place at that time.  A virtual Service of Tributes was held on Saturday, November 20.

This important event recognises the significance of ordained ministry in the life of the Church, and includes an Act of Thanksgiving for the life and witness of those Ministers who have died since the 2019 Synod. The service also honours and acknowledges Ministers who have:

  • been ordained.
  • celebrated 50, 60, 65 and 70 years since ordination or commissioning.
  • retired since the 2019 Synod.
  • been received from other denominations.

Rev Pam Kerr responded on behalf of the Ministers and offered a reflection on ordained ministry in the life of the Church.

The Service Of Tributes was livestreamed from Wesley Place Chapel on Saturday, November 20 at 2pm. You can watch a video of the full Service of Tributes here.

The Synod meets about 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, the impacts of COVID-19 forced the meeting to be deferred until February 2021 and held as a virtual (online) meeting from February 26-February 28.

The meeting was broadcast live for members of the wider church and you can watch recordings of all broadcast sessions here.

The Indicative Session Program (below) provides an overview of what was covered in each session. Daily written summaries can also be found at  Crosslight Online.

The next Synod meeting is scheduled to be held in mid-2022.


Bible studies

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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