The theme of change was very much in evidence at September’s Diocesan Synod and it was perhaps fitting that the synod was also the last time the Dean of Truro, The Very Roger Bush attended before his retirement.

Dean Roger led the opening worship with Holy Communion before Bishop Philip stood to thank Roger for his service. Speaking to members, Bishop Philip said: “I wish to publicly bear witness to the way Roger and Lois [Roger’s wife] have lavished love on the cathedral over the last ten years. I want to personally say thank you for all the support you have given me and wish you and Lois God’s richest blessings.”

Bishop Philip also paid tribute to Revd Canon David Miller, who is the diocese’s longest serving vicar and who, along with his wife Becky, will be moving to Southampton to take up a new position.

A Church that unashamedly embraces an innovative pioneering culture was the theme of the rest of the synod with parish representatives talking about work they are involved in of an innovative or pioneering nature (See Wild Church).

There were also presentations from the Diocesan Board of Education and the Safeguarding team, as well as agenda items such as clergy well being, general synod and an update from Bishop Hugh Nelson on the Next Steps On The Way.

You can read the Presidential Address here. You can read Bishop Hugh’s presentation on Next Steps on the Way here.

More information on the synod is available via the diocesan website.