Dogs at the Table

...or to put it another way, "Perish, priest!"

Monday, June 01, 2009

The Dog at General Synod

Well this is an extraordinary thing -- I was elected as a delegate to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, which will convene in Halifax in June 2010.

In this diocese, clergy delegates are elected by clergy, which is the surprising part. I have tended to annoy my clergy colleagues, yet for some reason, I am sufficiently trusted to express the mind of the clergy of the diocese (together with the others elected to this position). Curiously, the general sense that I have is that those elected as clergy delegates are 'liberal' -- in favour of diversity in the church, against an Anglican covenant -- more on that later -- and wanting the Church to move in a progressive way that moves beyond tolerance to acceptance. General Synod is an opportunity I have to see the larger vision of the church.

Nevertheless, I'm not sure that our church is ready to move.

Today's weigh-in: Unknown Because there is no scale at Synod. Just votes.