15 October 2013

This weekend - Synod 2013

Synod is the annual general meeting of the church. Each parish elects two or three delegates to attend synod, and all members of the clergy must attend.

At synod, delegates and members of clergy discuss and vote on matters of church business in formal business sessions. Members of the public and retired members of the clergy may watch from the public gallery.

While of deep interest to those who enjoy political debate, heavy duty proof-reading, calculus, instant coffee or arcane ritual, synod is not for everyone. Although synod experts are able to endure up to three hours of debate at a time, inexperienced practitioners are advised to experience synod in small doses only, until repeated exposure produces greater tolerance.

St Mary Magdalene's delegates will be attending synod Friday night, all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

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