Churches Look Forward

by Michael Ford last modified 31 Jan, 2011 12:22 PM

Over 100 church representatives from across Wiltshire and Dorset will meet for Diocesan Synod on Saturday 5 February at St Nicholas Church Centre Corfe Mullen (10am-3pm).

Churches Look Forward

Discussions at Diocesan Synod

Changes to church practice being discussed include greater involvement of non-ordained church members in church work and in local communities. The proposal is the result of studying church practice in the French Catholic Diocese of Évreux, and will have particular relevance in rural areas.

The Revd John Cowburn, Diocesan Chaplain to the Deaf, will describe the development of ‘Deaf Church’ across the diocese, addressing the pastoral, spiritual and welfare needs of the deaf community.

The Anglican Communion Covenant, which seeks to unify Anglicans around the world, will be presented in detail for consideration by the wider diocese. The Covenant emphasises the need for dialogue, collaboration and accountability, directly addressing issues of church division.

Diocesan Secretary Lucinda Herklots said today, “We will be addressing an interesting range of subjects at this meeting. We will hear of the work with Deaf people in our parishes and then move to considering how the experience of one of our linked dioceses, Evreux, can help us to plan how our local ministry teams can be sustained”.

“At the international level we will be discussing how the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant might be a way by which the Church of England and other members of the Anglican Communion can work together while acknowledging their differences”.

Diocesan Synod will meet three times in 2011: Saturday 5 February, Saturday 25 June and Saturday 5 November.



What Diocesan Synod does:

Considers matters concerning the Church of England

  • Makes provision for these matters in relation to the Diocese
  • Considers and expresses an opinion on matters of religious or public interest
  • Advises the Bishop on matters on which he may consult Synod
  • Considers and expresses an opinion on any matters referred to it by the General Synod

In addition, the Diocesan Synod is responsible for:

  • Keeping Deanery Synods informed on policies, problems and Synod business
  • Delegating some executive functions to Deanery Synods
  • Keeping itself informed through Deanery Synods of opinions and events in the parishes
  • Discussing matters raised by Deanery Synods and Parochial Church Councils

The Diocese of Évreux has been twinned with the Diocese of Salisbury since 1987.
Official page here

The Anglican Communion Covenant

Contact for more information
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
01722 438651,


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