For dedicated Synod-related assistance for the 2021 online sessions:
For Synod eNews updates for delegates, visit the News page.
In order to use the functions required to fully participate during the online sessions, delegates will need to have the latest version of Zoom on their devices. The following video links will show you how to find your current version and how to update.
Note that, as expected at a face-to-face meeting, delegates should check in (log in) before the commencement of each day’s first session. This is very important for the purposes of establishing a quorum for the conduct of business and to ensure that all delegates are included in the voting process.
Voting (elections and proposals) during the online sessions of Convention of General Synod will be conducted via the OpaVote system. This voting system was used at the recent General Pastors Conference with great effect and success. The OpaVote system will invite delegates to vote by sending links to their LCA email address. This system works on any device on which you can access your email (eg PC, smartphone or tablet). Note that if you are using the same device to access the online Synod sessions and your LCA email account, you will need to be familiar with minimising your screen. When an election is required, you will receive an email from OpaVote with details about that specific election. There will be a link to click to proceed to vote. You can only vote once and the OpaVote server will block anyone trying to vote more than once. All votes are anonymous and secure. Here is an example of what OpaVote will look like on your device: OpaVote Demonstration
So that the chair can easily identify you, your display name must be changed to one of these formats:
To set your name and status: (1) click on Participants (bottom of your screen); (2) in the screen that opens, find your name at the top of the list; (3) hover until you see the More… button; click and then on Rename; (4) in the screen that opens, type in your name and status using one of the examples above. Please do not include titles (Dr, Pastor, Pr) etc.
To keep the online sessions uncluttered and clear, please change your screen background to either:
To install a Synod-themed background:
For all three ways, you should start by stating your name, status (eg ‘lay delegate, Smithville NSW’) before asking your question as briefly and clearly as possible.
To ask a question during the online sessions:
To raise a point of order, click on the red cross (in the Reactions function). When acknowledged by the chair, state your name, then status (eg ‘lay delegate, Smithville NSW’), then the point of order.
We are grateful for the support of the LLL, the major sponsor of Convention of General Synod.