[ACNS source: Diocese of Toronto] The Diocese of Toronto, Canada, is celebrating an important milestone in the life of the Anglican Communion as it holds its 150th regular session of Synod from 20-22 November 2003 in Toronto.
In 1853, the Diocese of Toronto held the first Synod in the Anglican Communion where the Bishops and clergy of the church shared legislative authority with the laity or non-ordained members of the church. That historic Synod opened a new chapter of growth and development in Anglican Church history.
This week, Synod members are meeting again to celebrate their life in Christ and to discuss matters before the church. The event began at a service at St James’ Cathedral, Toronto on 20 November at 8pm, and included an opening address by the Archbishop of Toronto, Terence Finlay. The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Revd Michael Peers, and many other bishops and ecumenical guests are present for the Synod.