Audio files from the 2016 ACL Synod Briefing

Posted on October 5, 2016 
Filed under Resources, Sydney Diocese

synod-briefing-2016On Wednesday 5th October, the Rev. Craig Roberts, Rector of St Augustine’s Neutral Bay, Standing Committee member, and ACL Vice-President, discussed the main issues coming up at this year’s Sydney Synod.

The event was organised by the ACL as a service to members of Synod.

If you weren’t able to be present, here are the audio files. To listen to each section, click on the link under “Audio file”. Each file will open in a new window.

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Introduction and prayer from the Rev. Jason Ramsay.

Ordinances from Standing Committee

Schools, Archbishop’s election, Synod membership, Conduct of Synod business, Parental leave for clergy. Requests for something to happen: funding church plants, Licensing incumbents, Professional development.

Social Action

Asylum seekers in detention, Same sex marriage.


Our Reformation heritage, Growth in churches, Restoring faith, hope and trust in our society, Thanksgiving motions, Community chaplains, Renumeration of Anglicare, Youthworks, Schools Corporation Chairs, Equipping Rectors in leadership, Restricting the length of sermons.


Proposal to fund ministries in new growth suburbs, New churches for new communities fundraising drive, Reinvigorating ministry in small congregations, Funding projects in low socioeconomic parishes, Drawdown of diocesan endowment ($3.5m), 

Thinking Theologically

Thinking theologically about voting in Synod.