General Synod members gathered online on Thursday 10 June and Friday 11 June for the annual meeting of the governing body of the Scottish Episcopal Church. The Synod papers, annual report and associated documents can be accessed on the Provincial website.
Jane Haining added to SEC liturgical calendar
Scottish missionary Jane Haining is to be included in the Scottish Episcopal Church’s liturgical calendar ‘on account of her faith-filled life and example that saw her die in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau’.
Synod gives backing to Saint Andrew Declaration
The proposed Saint Andrew Declaration between the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Church of Scotland is to go ahead after it was backed by a majority of members at General Synod. The Declaration gives formal recognition of the way that both churches have ministered to the whole of Scotland for many years, and how they will continue to work together.
Strategic vision to state what Church stands for
An “expressive and inspiring” vision is to be worked on, to state what the Scottish Episcopal Church stands for and what the Province’s priorities will be over the next ten years, including objectives such as how to grow membership.
Climate change guidance plan welcomed by Synod
General Synod members have backed a ten-point guidance plan on the first step towards the Scottish Episcopal Church achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
New personnel policies approved after debate
Complaints Procedures and Bullying and Harassment Policy will need further work over the next year.
Primus highlights message of love as Synod opens
In his Charge to Synod before formally constituting the meeting, the Primus, The Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness, addressed the fear that so many have suffered over the past year and a half, and said he had spent much of that time meditating on the psalms.