Agenda: 2023 in-person sessions

Key Topic: Ordination

The documents on this page were mailed to General Synod delegates and alternates in late October 2022 and are also presented here for access by all church members. Along with your delegate or alternate, you are encouraged to read and discuss these documents in your local contexts.

  1. Ordination of Women and Men
    This document includes an overview of the proposals about ordination that are before the 20th Convention of General Synod, as well as an explanation of the Theses of Agreement.
  2. Thesis I and Thesis VI of the Theses of Agreement
    These two are included in some proposals to the Convention of General Synod. Thesis VI includes our church’s teaching on ordination at clause 11.
  3. The paper produced by our Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations (CTICR) on the question of ordaining both women and men or ordaining men only, tabled to the Convention of General Synod in 2000
    Many more documents were published subsequent to this CTICR 2000 paper, but this one summarises the key matters under consideration in our church. Other useful documents are listed below.
  4. A history of the ordination conflict in the LCANZ
    This is and updates the version of the history published as ‘QNA 1’ for the 2018 Convention of General Synod.
  5. Respectful Dialogue
    This document includes the Five Principles of Dialogue, which were produced for the church by an appointed dialogue team in 2013. These five principles have guided our conversations throughout this past decade. The document also contains some guidelines for personal reflection on the Five Principles.
  6. LCANZ Standards of Ethical Behaviour
    Approved by General Church Board in 2015, this document is used widely in our church, as a guide to Christlike behaviours in our words and deeds.
  7. Bishops’ Reflections
    This is a devotional guide for the church as it prepares to engage in the ordination conversation again. The guide is based on personal reflections of the LCANZ bishops as they studied 1 Corinthians 13 during a retreat.
  8. General Pastors Conference Advice to General Synod
  9. Amendments to Ordination Proposals
  10. St Paul’s Box Hill Amended Proposal
  11. Queensland District Amended Proposal
  12. Extracts from Constitution
  13. Transaction of Business

'Town hall' sessions

Three online ‘town hall’ (repeated) sessions were held in late November and early December on the topic of the ordination proposals. They provided delegates with information about the proposals and an opportunity to ask questions, so that they are prepared to fully engage with the debate at General Synod.

Questions asked during the sessions were recorded, and answers have been prepared for the questions that were asked. They are available on the Town Halls page.


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