The 2013 Synod of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf took place at the Lordos Beach Hotel, Larnaca between 4 and 8 February.

Synod 2013 Official Photograph

Bishop Peter teachingThis 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.

Other guests at Synod included the Rt Rev Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev Dr Gideon Githiga, Bishop of Thika and the Rt Rev Azad Marshall, Bishop of Iran.

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.

Chaplaincy Presentations

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.

Unity in Diversity - St Andrew's Abu Dhabi
Unity in Diversity - St George's Church, Baghdad, Iraq
Unity in Diversity - Chaplaincy of Dubai and Sharjah with the Northern Emirates
Unity in Diversity - Diocese of Exeter for the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
Unity in Diversity - presentation by the Diocese of Thika in Kenya to the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
Unity in Diversity - St Barnabas, Limassol
Unity in Diversity - Church of the Epiphany, Doha, Qatar
Mission to Seafarers - Bahrain - 2013
Mission to Seafarers - Limassol - 2013
Unity in Diversity - South East Cyprus
Unity in Diversity - St Paul's, Kuwait
Unity in Diversity - Paphos Chaplaincy 2013
Unity in Diversity - St Andrew's Church, Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus
Unity in Diversity - St Mark's Church, Famagusta
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