Members urged to speak up

Members vote during the 2019 Synod Meeting.

As next year’s Synod Meeting draws closer, Uniting Church members are being invited to have their say.

Younger members and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply to take part next year.

Those keen to get involved should contact their Presbytery or congregation Minister, who can then nominate them.

Burwood Heights Minister Sylvia Akauola-Tongotongo was nominated by the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra to attend the 2019 Synod Meeting and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It is a forum where decisions about the life, welfare and wellbeing of the Synod are made,” says Sylvia.

“I was one of four Moderator’s Chaplains (who attended) and I was also a Synod Chaplain.

“I learnt a lot more about alternative insights and multiple ways of embracing, respecting and appreciating diversity in a multi-intercultural Uniting Church and I would recommend the Synod Meeting as a worthwhile experience for any young and CALD Uniting Church members.”

Belinda Clear from Glen Waverley has been to a number of Synod Meetings.

“We are certainly encouraged by the leadership … in the Synod and by a lot of our ministers, as well, to have a voice, so I think that empowers us,” she says.

“I think there was a sense of hope and, moving forward, thinking outside the box and creativity.”

Next year’s Synod Meeting begins on June 30 at Wesley Church with opening worship and the installation of Moderator David Fotheringham, with the meeting itself to be held from July 1-3 at Box Hill Town Hall.

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