General Synod 2007

News Release and media advisory
Anglicans gather in Winnipeg in June for historic General Synod

Toronto, April 4, 2007 -- About 400 Anglican delegates, staff and national and international partners will gather in Winnipeg in June with an agenda that includes the election and installation of a new national leader and resolutions on the same-sex blessings controversy that could affect the Anglican Church of Canada’s future status in the worldwide Communion.

The gathering of the Anglican General Synod, the church’s highest governing body, occurs every three years and brings together bishops, priests and lay people chosen from every Anglican community in the country. Hosting the event this time is the diocese of Rupert’s Land, based in Winnipeg. Anglicans are taking over two downtown hotels and parts of a third for the synod, which runs from June 19 to 25.

The General Synod meets to deal with specific issues of the day as well as to care for the housekeeping affairs of the church.

On the agenda of the Winnipeg meeting – the 38th General Synod – are the following key matters:

In addition to the regular agenda, a day of General Synod will be spent with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada which is having its convention in Winnipeg at

the same time. The Anglican and Lutheran churches have a close partnership which was formalized in 2001 when they signed an agreement to enter full communion.

The theme of the 38th General Synod is Draw the circle wide – draw it wider still – from an Anglican hymn. The reference is to promoting a church that is inclusive.

Media advisory

General Synod is open to news media.

In advance of the June meeting, a number of news releases will be issued, of which this is the first. A newsroom for accredited journalists will be maintained and staffed and news releases issued at regular intervals throughout the synod. However, space is limited, both on the General Synod floor of the plenary gathering, and in the newsroom. Journalists planning to cover all or most of the proceedings are therefore urged to register in advance. This will allow us to reserve space in the newsroom for you and to ensure that we have an adequate number of documents. A media information kit will be available at the start of synod for registered journalists.

The plenary hall is generally open to photographers, but they are limited in where on the floor of General Synod they can go. All photographers will be expected to comply with these limitations which are aimed at minimizing the disruptions for General Synod members.

Journalists may apply for registration online.

The newsroom will be staffed by the following people, for whom telephone numbers will be made available closer to Synod:

  • Josie De Lucia, Newsroom Manager, Media Relations
  • Keith Nethery, Media Relations
  • Brian Sarjeant, Writer, Media Relations
  • Vianney (Sam) Carriere, Director, Communications and Information Resources

For more information, please contact:

Vianney (Sam) Carriere, 416-924-9199 ext. 306, [email protected] or Josie De Lucia, 416 924-9199 ext. 294, [email protected]



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