The Scottish Episcopal Church will hold its first ever online General Synod later this year, following the postponement, because of the coronavirus epidemic, of the meeting originally due to have taken place in June 2020.
Under current Scottish Government guidelines, a physical meeting of Synod is not possible, and there remains considerable uncertainty as to what the position might be in the months ahead.
The provincial Standing Committee does not wish to expose Synod members to having to travel unnecessarily to a physical meeting, nor to expend time and resources in organising such a meeting which might have to be cancelled at short notice.
For those reasons, the Committee has decided to arrange a virtual meeting of Synod on Saturday 5 December 2020. Video conferencing software will be used for the online meeting, and possible voting systems are being analysed.
At this stage, specific details about the meeting remain under consideration but the Committee intends that the agenda will be restricted to a single day. A Saturday has been chosen to maximise attendance.
The meeting will focus on business of an essential nature and which can be addressed in a virtual format.
More information will be available in time at the General Synod pages on the Provincial website here.