118th Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster - Special Synod
The primary purpose of the synod was to consider changes to Canon 2, the set of rules which govern how a bishop is elected in the Diocese of New Westminster.
The Canon 2 Task Force was created to address these concerns and to recommend changes to the Canon to allow for a better, less frantic timeline and a more transparent and fair process.
The proposed revisions comprised the main agenda for the October 13 Synod.
Documents and Information
At its June 13, 2018 meeting, Diocesan Council reviewed the report and recommendations of the Canon 2 Task Group and referred the matter to the Constitution and Canons Committee for preparation of the appropriate Canon(s).
The following resolution was sent out by The Constitution and Canons Committee to members of Diocesan Council via email poll on August 9, 2018:
THAT Synod hereby repeals and replaces Canons 2 and 3 with the new Canons 2 (Vacancy in the Office of Diocesan Bishop) and 3 (Coadjutor or Suffragan Bishop) circulated herewith
The motion was carried. Primary changes to the Canons include the development of an Episcopal Election Committee to oversee the election process, and a number of small changes to clarify procedures and aid an Electoral Synod in discernment. The complete texts of the proposed documents are available for downloading in the Report of the Canons and Constiutions committee linked above.
Synod Delegates elected earlier this year at parish Vestry Meetings will receive email correspondence about the call to Synod.
Regional Pre-Synod Seminars
Four regional seminars were held on the proposed changes to Canon 2 (Vacancy in the Office of Diocesan Bishop) & Canon 3 (Coadjutor or Suffragan Bishop) in mid-September. A report on these sessions can be read by clicking the news story below: Special Synod Preparation Sessions Report