Election Synod set for May.
Nominations open for Archbishop’s election “We now have a way forward that... allows delegates to meet”: Diocesan secretary Daniel Glynn.
Names are being put forward members will then move to the large gatherings,” says diocesan as nominees for the Synod that will elect the next Archbishop of Sydney. The Archbishop’s summons was issued on January 25 laying out the times, dates and venue for a one-day “ordinary” session of Synod, followed by the Election Synod. Due to changing COVID restrictions in the past few months, the summons differs from what was originally foreshadowed last year. The message, sent to all eligible Synod members, calls them to an ordinary session of Synod on Monday, May 3. The session will be preceded by a service at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Synod
International Convention Centre secretary Daniel Glynn. “But (ICC) at Darling Harbour for the I am pleased that we now have a ordinary session, at which Bishop way forward that complies with Peter Hayward will preside and current health requirements give the address. and allows delegates to meet in Bishop Hayward, as the as safe a manner as possible to longest-serving bishop, will fulfil the responsibilities of the act as the Administrator of the Synod.” Diocese with powers normally Synods in Sydney comprise given to the Archbishop. The hundreds of elected delegates, sessions from May 4-7 have been both lay and clergy, from every set aside for the Election Synod, parish as well as diocesan as needed. organisations. “Bookings needed “The electoral process is to be made at the ICC instead of governed by ordinance and has the usual venue, Wesley Theatre, proved difficult to manage given to allow enough space to comply the unprecedented restrictions with COVID-safe practices,” Mr of COVID-19 and changing Glynn says. public health orders regarding Now that the summons has
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been issued, nominations are open. The process has changed slightly from previous years in that nomination forms can be submitted by a single Synod member (rather than two or more) – although a nominee still requires the support of 20 Synod members in order to be formally nominated. While people may be anxious to know who has been nominated, the names will not be made public until they have been confirmed. Confirmation involves the required number of nominators, plus safe ministry checks and the agreement of the person nominated that their name may go forward. Archbishop Glenn Davies will retire on Friday, March 26. His term was extended from his original retirement date of July 2020. “Determining the time and location for these sessions has been a significant challenge for our diocesan secretary,” Dr Davies says. “I am grateful for his navigating the changing regulations for a gathering of up to 800 people in a COVID-safe manner. “It has been a demanding exercise and we are in Mr Glynn’s debt for securing the ICC for such an important week in the life of our Diocese, as we seek God’s guidance in electing the next Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney. I am sure all Sydney Anglicans will be in prayer for the work and outcome of the Election Synod.”SC
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