The weekend of Pentecost was deliberately chosen for the second session of our Diocesan Synod, with the continued hope that we will listen to, and be guided by, the Holy Spirit. We now know that there will be about 300 people gathered in the six hubs across our diocese, discerning if the content of the five foundations will provide us with a spiritual framework from which to imagine a way forward, to build the Kingdom of God together in our Diocese.
In less than two weeks, our second session of our Diocesan Synod will have been held, and hopefully celebrated as a positive and profound step in your synodal journey to Building the Kingdom of God Together in our diocese.
Here we are, less than 20 days out from our Diocesan Synod, so my last week has been spent with the staff from Pastoral Ministries and the members of the Synod Working Party busily refining the Synod documents and the Five Foundations Papers, thanks to the many valuable submissions, along with working on the practical reality of running the Synod across six hubs.
I am sure it will come as no surprise to my readers that what has occupied me during this past week has been the reading of the synod submission responses to our contemplative dialogue process during Lent – Building the Kingdom of God Together – Our Journey. On average there have been fifty submissions each week to the Five Foundations.
Our belief in the teachings and resurrection of Jesus prompts us to be a part of the Christian community. In turn, our experience of Christian community strengthens our faith. It was only when Thomas was with the other disciples that he met the risen Christ and came to believe in him. It is a simple truth that faith builds community and community builds faith.
I believe this is part of the very essence of our diocesan synod.