There is a sacred call to creativity, witness and love for the world at the heart of who we are as followers of Jesus. How do we speak and live this call?
May 12-15, 2016, representatives from the churches and ministries of the Canadian District will gather for District Synod at Van-Es Camp and Conference Center with the theme, “You yourselves are the letters” (2 Cor. 3:2-3).
With this theme in mind, synod delegates will reflect on the call of the Spirit to live the Gospel message with our whole beings. How will we, as a district, embody this call to be letters of proclamation and demonstration of God’s love for the world?
The synod planning committee looks forward to the leadership of keynote speaker Reverend Nick Trussell, priest in mission in the Anglican diocese of Edmonton and Associate priest at Christ Church in Edmonton, as a keynote speaker. Rev. Trussel will offer us encouragement, experience and energy for finding “fresh expressions” in our congregational lives and as a district. The Anglican Church in Canada has been exploring how to foster new expressions of community, ministry and evangelism alongside established congregations for a number of years. (http://www.freshexpressions.ca/)
Nick brings his own experience of this work to share with our district and to invite us into conversations about how God might be calling us into greater experimentation for the future. The committee hopes that this educational and interactive approach to exploring a synod theme will empower and encourage our congregations and ministries with a vision of hope for the next four years.
Epistles from Synod
Canadian District Synod will also borrow an idea from our sisters and brothers in the Western District. Each committee will be invited to write a letter to the churches of the Canadian District in the way of St. Paul’s epistles.
Every Epistle will reflect on the work and ministry of the previous four years and encourage congregations in their future ministry. The planning committee believes that the act of acknowledgement, gratitude, and encouragement through letters has the power to remind and engage each member of the Canadian District of their God-given gifts for ministry in the world. These letters will be shared throughout the district as reminders that as followers of Jesus, we are the letters of love, encouragement, challenge and hope to the world as we live each day with Christ as our guide. n
The Rev. Rebecca Craver is pastor of Edmonton Moravian Church and a member of Canadian District Executive Board. The 2016 Canadian District Synod will be held May 12-15 at Camp Van-Es in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. Coverage of the Canadian District Synod will be available on www.moravian.org.