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Snapshot From The North-west Europe Synod

The North West Europe archdeaconry Synod has been meeting at the Old Abbey of Drongen near Ghent. At the opening session Rev Dr. Guy Liagre, General Secretary of the Council of European Churches (CEC), spoke about "Forging our Future: European Churches on a Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. 

Bishop Robert shared the diocesan strategic plan "Walking together in Faith: a Strategy for the Diocese in Europe" with the Synod. Members then had the opportunity to make inputs in shared group conversations. Canon William Gulliford, Diocesan Director of Ordinands threw light on "Vocations in the Diocese". At the evening eucharist, Bishop Robert commissioned two new Area Deans for North-West Europe archdeaconry, Rev Samuel van Leer as Area Dean of the Netherlands, and Rev Stephen Murray as Area Dean of Belgium and Luxemburg. The synod also offered an opportunity for the two AGMs of the Anglican Council of Belgium/Luxemburg and that of the Netherlands to meet separately.

Reporting by Rev Augustine Nwaekwe