Members of the Uniting Church WA will come together for the 45th Annual Meeting of the Synod of Western Australia at Scotch College from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 September.
An opening worship, to which everyone is welcome, will be held at 7.00pm on Friday 10 September in the Scotch College Chapel.
At the Annual Meeting, lay and ordained members appointed by reporting bodies meet over two days to worship together, share experiences, receive reports and make decisions about the direction of the church. In the Uniting Church, every effort is made to reach decision by consensus, that members come to a common mind about the wisest way forward. This is done using voting cards – orange indicates warmth to the proposal, blue indicates coolness and yellow indicates a question or request for more information.
Susy Thomas, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, chose the theme ‘Trust in God’ for the meeting, which is based on Romans 15:13 NIV: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.
It is anticipated that at this Annual Meeting the Synod Standing Committee will bring forward a name of someone who they have determined to be suitable to take on the role of General Secretary. The Synod will then decide whether to appoint this person into the role. Members of the Synod Standing Committee are elected at the Annual Meeting. In between Annual Meetings the Standing Committee act on behalf of the Synod and deal with specific issues that come out of the Synod Meeting.
All reports, proposals and other information on the meeting is available at unitingchurchwa.org.au.