Members of the North-West Archdeaconry Synod, who began their meeting in Leuven, near Brussels, on Thursday evening were given encouraging news of practical developments in their missions and ministry.
Canon Mark Collinson, Area Dean of the Netherlands told delegates that the following morning´s Eucharist would see the first use of a dual language service in Dutch as well as English which could be trialled by churches with Dutch speakers. It is hoped it will go forward to the House of Bishops for more formal approval in the future.
Rev Jack Macdonald who is Priest-in-Charge of Leuven, a major Belgian University City reported on developments in working for the appointment of a Chair in Anglican Studies with possible candidates already being approached. Links are being developed with St Miletus College and could be used to help train clergy and Readers from the Archdeaconry. A pblic theology project, currently known as TheoCafe will be organized next year.
Thea Price told about a visit she and her husband Roland made last year to the Ugandan Diocese of Luweero which is linked to the North West Archdeaconry. In conjunction with the Healthy Vine organization cycles and motorbikes are being provided for clergy and readers who must travel long distances over difficult terrain. Farming, educational and anti-malaria initiatives are proving successful as the practical and financial support keeps coming.
The Synod continues until Saturday 13 October and will be considering how to present a confident church in an age of crisis.