This year’s guest speaker was the Rt Rev Dr Peter Selby, retired Bishop of Worcester and a former Bishop of Kingston-upon-Thames. As a member of the Church of England’s Doctrinal Commission (1991-2003), Bishop Peter was co-author of ‘Being Human: A Christian Understanding of Personhood’ upon which the themes of his four addresses to Synod were based.
In his closing remarks, Bishop Michael, thanked delegates for the “even higher than normal” quality of their participation and their contributions . “It’s been a huge pleasure to be together. We come from such varied backgrounds and from varied current locations.” The bishop also offered special thanks to the clergy of the diocese for “your faithfulness, your devotion and for your ministry, sometimes in lonely places. You can’t have a bishop without clergy; and you can’t have a bishop and clergy without people. We belong together. And if there’s one message that we want to live out in our congregations it’s that we belong to one another because we belong in God.”
- Presidential Address
- Report of the Standing Committee (Bishop’s Council)
- Director of Ordinands & Training Report
- Budget Plan 2013-2014
- Trustees Report
- Crawford Commission Report
- Spirituality Development Report
- Vulnerable Persons Report
- Communications Group Report
- Proposed Companion Diocese Meeting in 2013
- Mission Development Questionnaires (Summary)
- Scene@Synod – a summary of Synod this year.
For 2013 each Chaplaincy produced a media presentation on the theme of “Unity in Diversity”. This year the project was coordinated by Rev Tim Heaney, Associate Chaplain of Holy Trinity Church in Dubai in the Chaplaincy of Dubai and Sharjah with the Northern Emirates.