Alane Evans Synod 2017
Report from Mrs. Alane Evans on Synod 2017
CANA East is a diocese that is truly blessed by the Spirit of God. Each year at synod, I am struck by the unwavering commitment to the Gospel and sincere joy and enthusiasm of worship expressed by the people and leadership of this diocese.
This year’s synod celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Our speakers helped us to reflect on the importance of the Reformation in our lives as Christians and as Anglicans. Archbp. Beach called us to imagine what our lives would have been like prior to the 16th century. We would not have had Bibles, might have rarely received the Sacrament, and would have been wholly reliant on local clergy to dispense their knowledge of Scripture. The Reformers brought the Word to the people and taught that we ought to hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest that Scripture in order to have a firm, five-finger grip upon its undeniable truth. Likewise, Dr. Gatiss spoke to us about both the historic Anglican Reformation and the importance of continual reformation in the church today. The humor, honesty, and humility of both of these men is commendable, and I am grateful to our bishops to have been given the opportunity to hear from them.
One of my favorite parts of synod every year is hearing about the ministries of those in our diocese. This year we had interviews and presentations from several parishes, The Pocket Testament League, and The American Bible Society. We were also honored and humbled to hear the testimonies of Bishop and Mama Dogo. While we face the rise of secularism in the West, the Dogos face militant Islam in northern Nigeria. I am in awe of the Lord’s work in their lives, and how He has grown His church so rapidly in the face of such brutal persecution.
In the wake of synod this year I am ever more thankful for God’s gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and I pray the He would strengthen each of us, as he did the Reformers, to stand for Gospel truth within the church and in the world.