CAPTION: Christopher Futcher and Sue Parks represented the Diocese of Exeter

Diocese represented at Cyprus and the Gulf Synod

Posted: 28th February, 2018

Christopher Futcher and Sue Parks represented the Diocese of Exeter at the annual synod of our companion link diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. The Synod brings together clergy and lay participants from the chaplaincies which are spread across a huge geographical area of the Middle East.

Synod business is conducted and there is also a pattern of worship which includes daily services, a Quiet Morning at an Orthodox monastery, spiritual addresses and the Chrism Eucharist so that the oils blessed by the bishop are taken back to each chaplaincy and ministers renew their commitment to their calling.

Christopher Futcher, The Archdeacon of Exeter, said: “The theme this year was ‘Social Liturgy: Doing God, Doing Good’.  As well as members of synod, many of the chaplaincies send visitors who are observers. So while not participating in formal synod business they do take part in worship, workshops and discussion groups: a great opportunity for many to learn about the life of the diocese.”

Archdeacon Christopher led the Quiet Morning and was the chaplain to the five day synod. Sue and Christopher were also able to issue Bishop Robert’s invitation for the diocese to send participants to a gathering in July in Exeter with our other companion diocese of Thika.

Each year the synod receives reports of their life and work from a number of the chaplaincies. This is done by making a video which can be viewed here: