September 17, 2002The last day of Synod began with a concluding service of the Lord's Supper in St John's Cathedral. The unusual feature was the jazz band, including a bishop on a double bass, which accompanied the singing and responses. Professor Haire once again provided a challenging sermon as a fitting finale.
September 17, 2002Women bishops was finally dealt with, by allowing the proposed Canon to lapse. This was coupled with a request that Standing Committee prepare a report on the issues raised in the debate for consideration by diocesan provincial Synods and the Bishops Conference. In the light of these responses it is expected that new legislation will come to the next session of General Synod.
September 17, 2002Wednesday was a shorter, more relaxing and less eventful day than many of the others. Again we began with a thought-provoking Bible study from Professor James Haire, pointing out that being one in Christ is the primary aim for a body like General Synod.
September 17, 2002What I have found helpful about Professor Haire's Bible studies is that he always gives a challenge to us in Synod. This time he asked 'How do the rule makers and the prophets operate in General Synod?' He is not giving us a Bible study; he is teasing out reflections that are pertinent to our Synod. It is not the usual model of Bible exegesis, but is nevertheless a challenging model in this context. He is very forceful, stimulating and thought provoking. He teases out the issues that are underlying or tangential to the text.
September 17, 2002This morning's Bible study from Professor Haire was bold and forthright. He asked the question, 'What is the gospel?' and identified that the source of the gospel is God and not humans. That was very helpful.
September 17, 2002Sunday morning of General Synod gave Synod members the chance to attend church at parishes around Brisbane. This morning I attended St Andrew's, South Brisbane, where the Rev Alan Moore leads the congregation. It was a contemporary Anglican service - Anglican in doctrine and contemporary in form - with about 80 people present, including multicultural and indigenous people.
September 17, 2002A major focus of today's General Synod proceedings was the opening Presidential Address from the Primate, Archbishop Peter Carnley.