A few short thoughts on this years Synod.
The Charge/Vision was a positive and needed challenge to increase the health of the local churches. I pray God’s blessing on the outcome. There look to be some good opportunities to review property assets and re-use them strategically in different places.
The increase of late term abortions as a result of state government legislation two years ago is horrific. The general number of abortions is horrific. The failure of Melbourne Anglicans to demonstrate biblically informed conviction on this matter is horrific. We have condoned sin and the cost has been bloody indeed.
Why is it that the diocese can get manage a pro-life motion regarding the end of life but not the start of life? Synod has forfeited any right to speak for the marginilised and the oppressed.
I was encouraged that some from my church had been to the “March for the Babies” (also on last Saturday) – and I remember two years ago a large group from Holy Trinity Doncaster participated. Amongst Bible-believing ultrasound-viewing Christians there is little confusion.
There were so many great things that did happen at the synod, unfortunately this lament overshadows them all.
One small theological reflection – it seemed strange hearing Synod referring to as “the church” and then the local church referred as “the parish”. This seems to overemphasise the Synod. The NT and also Article 19 would ground the church in the local congregation. Let’s refer to Synod as Synod and refer to the local congregation as Church. This is not congregationalism, but merely putting things where the Anglican articles put it.
XIX. Of the Church.
The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men, in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the Sacraments be duly ministered according to Christ’s ordinance, in all those things that of necessity are requisite to the same.