Governance Meetings of the Diocese of New Westminster

119th Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster
May 24 and 25, 2019 at the Italian Cultural Centre

The theme for Diocesan Synod 2019 (May 24 & 25) is Love One Another: Christ’s Body, the Church. Love one and other comes from John 15:12.

It is the reading for the day and the beginning of the verses our Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, uses as foundational scripture.

We are fortunate that our Primate will be with us at our 119th Synod, preaching at Morning Prayer and speaking to us about our church’s ministry and witness nationally and globally.

Bishop Sidney Black (the Indigenous Bishop of Treaty 7 territory, within the Diocese of Calgary) will attend the Synod. It is hoped that Bishop Black will preside at the opening Eucharist and engage in a structured dialogue with Jerry Adams to introduce the motions around Indigenous ministry which will be considered by General Synod, taking place in Vancouver July 9-16, 2019.

Part of the focus at Synod will be a look at the General Synod document, "A Word to the Church: Considering the proposed amendment of Marriage Canon XXI". A copy of the document can be found linked here.

As one faithful body we embrace the opportunity to learn about the remarkable work taking places in ministries around our diocese including the revision and updating of our Constitution and Canons. Interactive presentations, table discussions and feed-back will be used to encourage an atmosphere or learning, discovery and discussion.

Here is a link to the Constitution and Canons page on this website referred to by Kevin Smith in the above video.

Suzanne Rumsey from PWRDF in Toronto will be present with us as will the Venerable Alan Perry, Executive Archdeacon of the Diocese of Edmonton who has been consulting on the revisions to the diocesan Constitution and Canons.

Information for Synod will be posted on this page, please check back regularly for updates!

Documentation for Synod

Convening Circular

Convening Circular for the 119th Synod (final version: May 17)

Audited Financial Statements for 2018

Amended Budget for 2019 and Vision Budgets for 2020 & 2021

General Information for Synod Delegates

Notice of the 119th Session of Synod

Information Letter for Delegates including details on location, meals, childcare and resolutions at Synod


Nominations received (final list)

Letter from the Nominations Committee


Resolutions received

Link to the Constitutions & Canons page of the website, containing the latest draft of the Revised Constiution, Canons and Rules of Order document for consideration at Synod 2019

For Information about upcoming diocesan synods.