More than 60 clergy of the diocese gathered at the Synod Offices on Thursday, January 19, 2017 for an all-day session that focused on a draft of Bishop Melissa Skelton’s “Guidelines for Clergy in the Diocese of New Westminster”.
In the opening paragraph Bishop Skelton outlined the purpose of the guidelines which are intended “to assist us all as ordained people in living out our ministry in ways that express our faithfulness, strengthen our integrity and sustain our health.”
Specific topics discussed included: Self Care; Personal Conduct; Training and Formation; Serving in a Parish or Other Place of Diocesan Ministry; Staying Connected to and Serving in the Diocese; The Broader Church.
Bishop Skelton was assisted in the facilitation of the day by staff members and laity of our diocese expert in areas addressed in the draft guidelines.
The meeting was a very positive one and there was a great deal of enthusiasm for the content of the document and its purpose.
The day was also an opportunity for diocesan communications to update the headshot archives with 25 diocesan clergy striking as pose for photographer Wayne Chose.