Saturday, November 15, 2014
All Saint's Church, Woodbridge, VA
UPDATE: Click here to see the Synod 2014 Photo Collection
4:08 p.m. Bishop Guernsey announces that next year's Synod 2014 will be November 13-14, 2015. Thank you one and all! To God be the glory!
3:59 Sharon Steinmiller, Executive Director of Wineskins is recounting the amazing participation of Anglicans in global mission. "We see an increase in commitment to the Great Commission," she says. "Missionaries from all nations go to all nations."
3:45 p.m. We are now hearing an engaging report from the Rev. Jack Grubbs of the Ordination Committee, about the process of ordination in the diocese.
3:30 p.m. The Rev. Becki Neumann is reporting on the implementation of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic Protection of Children Policy. The policy is now the industry standard in the Anglican Church in North America. She thanks everyone for the wonderful attitude and "can-do" outlook during the rollout of the policy.
Results of the Election of new members of the Standing Committee: Dan Morgan, Rick Wright, Erin Blair, Jeff Walton, George Ward, and Graham Walker.
2:00 p.m. The Bishop is instructing the Synod delegates and clergy on the Breakout Sessions (2:15-3:30 p.m.). All of them are being recorded will be available online.
1:55 p.m. Erin Blair, Chair, is presenting Amendments to the Constitution and Canons. All Amendments are adopted.
1:50 p.m. Results of the Standing Committee Elections: Dan Morgan, Rick Wright, Erin Blair and Jeff Walton are elected to Standing Committee. There is a runoff election now underway for the last lay opening.
1:30 p.m. Gary French presents the Budget, which is voted on and adopted by Synod 2014.
1:00 p.m. The Lunch Break is underway and includes two Lunch Gatherings where it is standing-room-only in both locations. Here are the two Lunch Gatherings:
Networking: Ministry Among the Poor
The Rev. Patti Brown
This informal session is a networking opportunity to share what your church is doing, and to hear what others around the diocese are doing, to reach those in need in our communities (the poor, homeless, addicted, prisoners, etc.). This will be a time to share ideas, ask questions, make connections among those with a similar vision and calling, and explore the possible formation of an on-going DOMA Network of people engaged in these ministries.
Natural Church Development
The Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick
Natural Church Development is about releasing the potential God has already implanted in our lives to emphasize church health. NCD assists churches in rediscovering central Biblical concepts and helps relate them to the everyday life and mission of the church through the use of assessment tools, planning and coaching to improve the 8 essential qualities of healthy churches. Included will be testimonies of churches that have greatly benefitted from NCD.11:30 a.m. Bishop Guernsey introduces the Rev. Dr. Tom Herrick as the new Canon for Church Planting for the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic. The audio and video of Dr. Herrick's presentation will be available.
Synod 2014 honors the Rev. Clancy Nixon and his sacrificial service as Chair of the Great Commission Committee and his leadership in Church Planting.
11:00 a.m. The Rev. James Swynford and The Rev. Jay Baylor share their stories of the planting of their mission churches. James Swynford is the pastor of Incarnation Church in Williamsburg, VA. Jay Baylor is the pastor of what today officially became Church of the Apostles in the City, Baltimore, MD.
10:00 a.m. Synod is running ahead of schedule, so the delegates and clergy are informed that they are getting an extended break - we'll be back at 10:55 a.m. (EST).
Synod 2014 is officially called to order by Bishop John Guernsey. Chloellen Miller is appointed Secretary of the Synod, with Lynn Milograno appointed as the Assistant Secretary. Scott Ward is appointed Synod Parliamentarian. A resolution guiding the adoption of the Rule of Order is passed. The resolution ratifying an amendment regarding the Standing Committee nomination process also passes.
Bishop Guernsey now delivers his Synod Address. It will be available on both video and audio.
Morning Prayer - the Rev. Becki Neumann preaches at Morning Prayer this morning. It's exciting to see the growth of the diocese this past year, as illustrated in the number of clergy and delegates assembling this morning. It is encouraging to begin the new day with worship, bible teaching, and prayer.
It's a cold November morning, crisp but with clear blue skies - a lovely day! Clergy and delegates and guests are arriving, holding their steaming cups of coffee and visiting the mission and ministry tables in the narthex. In the sanctuary the retrospective video of the past year in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic is up on the screens. Here is the video: