The Bi-Annual Governance Meeting of the Diocese of New Westminster

Synod is the AGM of the Diocese of New Westminster. The Bishop is the Chair of Synod. Synod 2017, the 117th Synod  took place at the Italian Cultural Centre on May 26 and May 27, 2017.

Co-Chairs of Synod Planning, Simon Johnston, ODNW and Frances Fagan began meeting with Bishop Skelton and others to plan the theme and content of the 117th Synod in the fall of 2016.

The theme for the Synod was “Hold Fast to What is Good” a quote from 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

Downloads for Synod appear on this page. This will include the Synod Circular, information for delegates and the nominations / results of elections.

Convening Circular

Convening Circular for the 117th Synod

Audited Financial Statements for 2016

Amended Budget for 2017 and Vision Budgets for 2018 & 2019

General Information for Synod Delegates

Notice of the 117th Session of Synod

Information Letter for Delegates including details on location, meals, childcare and resolutions at Synod


Report of the Returning Officer

Final nominations list

Letter from the Nominations Committee

Nominations form





Resolution 9 Follow Up

In following up to Resolution 9 that was carried at the 117th Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster, Bishop Skelton has written and sent the attached letter to The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of... Read More


Synod 2017 Summaries/Photos/Links on FB and Website

Facebook albums with photos, captions and links of the two days of activity at the 117th Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster are available here: Friday, May 26th, Day 1 Opening Worship Focus Day 1 Synod... Read More


Resolutions - Synod 2017

There were 12 Resolutions passed at the 117th Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster held May 26 and 27. Although they covered a wide variety of issues, the most complicated Resolutions and the ones that had the... Read More


Synod Sermon Video Links

Here are the links to the two Synod sermons on the "media module" of the diocesan website. Opening Eucharist, 9am, May 26, 2017 - Bishop Melissa Skelton Morning Prayer, 9:30am, May 27, 2017 - Archbishop Fred Hiltz.... Read More


Report of the Returning Officer

Returning Officer Susan Tufts assisted by Synod Staff and volunteers tabulated the Saturday, May 27th votes for Diocesan Officers.  The elections took place between 8 and 9:15am and there was a tie for Clerical... Read More