Molly McGinley, 15, was one of several young people who served Provincial Synod delegates at dinner on Friday night at St. John the Evangelist Church in Nashwaaksis. The teenagers were earning money for a trip to Tidal Wave, a youth event later in the summer. Here she is with the Most Rev. Percy Coffin, metropolitan and bishop of the Diocese of Western Newfoundland.
Provincial Synod votes for change
Some would have preferred to disband altogether
By Gisele McKnight
FREDERICTON—The Ecclesiastical Province of Canada wound up its 47th session of synod with a motion that was as close to disbanding as it could get.
Late in the day Saturday, June 27, a motion was put forth by the Ven. Edward Simonton of the Diocese of Quebec, seconded by the Rt. Rev. Ron Cutler, bishop of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island. It passed with two or three nay votes and no discussion by synod members.
Cutler said that after some research, they realized they could not move to disband. Instead the motion to alter and modernize synod rules was put forward.
“We have become slaves to the creatures we have fashioned,” said Cutler. “We cannot vote ourselves out of existence, but we can vote ourselves into relevance.
“Did your friends know what you were coming to? The vast majority of Anglicans have no clue what we are,” said Cutler.
Delegates arrive at Christ Church Cathedral Sunday morning.