GG Igbinai Synod 2018
A Relfection on Synod 2018
Although clergy and their delegates from the diocese of CANA East gather each year under his Lordship, Rt. Reverend Julian Dobbs for their annual Synod, each event is unique in it’s own way and the 2018 synod was no different.
Hosted at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, from May 3th to 5th, we were imbued with inspiration, good food & sweet spirit.
In his pastoral address, Rt. Reverend Julian Dobbs expressed his joy at the cordiality in the diocese as he received letters of felicitations from The Most Reverend Dr. Nicholas Okoh (Archbishop & Primate of Nigeria), Most Reverend Foley Beach( Archbishop & Primate of ACNA), Bishop Felix Orji (CANA West), Bishop Amos Fagbamiye (ADoTT), Anglican Chaplains, etc reassuring the gathering that despite what the contrary may seem, “we do not stand alone”, gleefully revealing his ‘reformation socks’ that has “Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God” inscribed on it in German. He also had a brief meeting with the Nigerian Clergies, encouraging unity in diversity & respect for one another as coworkers in Christ.
The guest speaker and renowned authority on Thomas Cranmer, speaking on the theme, “THE DIVINE ALLUREMENT OF GOD”, revealed how God in His Love, ‘lured’ sinful man from unrighteousness unto righteousness, to reveal His glory in him, extolling that this message of God’s allurement be not lost, in our quest to maintain the tradition and structures of the Anglican communion.
In the homilies, we were encouraged to “keep focus, avoid the serpent’s sermon”, as we take the gospel of God’s love to the world.
In a very solemn service, four deacons were ordained to the diaconate, three new congregations received and four archdeacons collated.
The synod ended on a high with a thanksgiving service dance with music led by our Nigerian brethren.