How old is “youth”? That’s a question that will return to Diocesan Synod next year.
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Youth delegates as well as others were split on the motion, some arguing that raising the age would eliminate teenagers from delegate status at synods. They said including teens was the point of creating youth delegates about 20 years ago. Others argued that many participants in youth groups in the diocese are in their early 20s.
The synod resolved that in the choice of youth delegates parishes would be asked to give “preference” to teenagers. Exactly how that would be done was left to the Constitution and Canons Committee, which was asked to bring a draft revision of the delegate selection canon to synod next year.
The Synod also accepted the recommendation of a Task Force on Reconciliation within the diocese as delegates agreed individually to write to clergy and wardens of the five parishes that remain within the diocese but are refusing to participate in most diocesan activities – including synods – as they continue to protest the 2002 decision to bless same sex unions.
In other resolutions, Diocesan Synod did the following:
Two items were sent to Diocesan Council for action after time ran out: