This month’s 32nd Synod in Session offers a wealth of activities to inspire and enjoy. Journey suggests seven great things to look out for.
Ever had a risky or dangerous idea for our church that you weren’t quite brave enough to name? Unchained is a festival where some of those dangerous ideas will be set free. Listen and share in conversations, contribute a poster and have your say.
4.00 pm–9.00 pm, Saturday 21 May
For the first time, Bible studies will be presented by the Synod’s Multi-Cross Cultural Reference Group so it’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the scriptures through different cultural lenses.
8.30 am each morning
Hear more about the church’s health, aged care, disability and community services including how individual funding models have impacted the aged care and disability sectors, and how health and community services are delivered in some of the most remote areas of the country.
2.00 pm, Monday 23 May
The Synod listens to reports and proposals, participates in Bible studies and worship, and members speak and engage in prayerful dialogue. On the last day of Synod, members will undertake a final discernment process to tie together the themes that have emerged to guide the church for future work as the people of God.
Dr Neil Preston on being a “Christian witness in a post-Christian era”. Neil’s expertise includes helping faith-based organisations remain true to purpose, facilitating effective joint ventures, and helping organisations and individuals grow in health and fruitfulness.
4.00 pm, Saturday 21 May
The 32nd Synod introduces a new cross-platform approach to presbytery reports which will be available to members in both written form and short videos. During the Synod meeting a presbytery Q&A forum will allow members to interact with presbytery leaders.
Q&A forum, 2.00 pm, Saturday 21 May
The General Secretary Selection Panel will bring recommendations to the 32nd Synod and Synod members will vote to appoint a new general secretary to provide leadership for the Synod. A moderator elect will also be chosen to lead the church from the 33rd Synod in 2017 through to 2020.
Keep an eye on the UnitingChurch Queensland Facebook page for Synod updates.