UPDATED (See below). On Saturday (25 July 2020) General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui met using Zoom. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia covers the South Pacific – Aotearoa/New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, and the Cook Islands. Covid 19 restrictions meant that the meeting of General Synod Te Hīnota Whānui, scheduled 9 – 14 May in Nelson, was changed to a Zoom meeting with an In Real Life (IRL) meeting hopefully later this year.
Has there been any other such a virtual General Synod meeting anywhere else on the planet? Are there any being planned? The recording of the procedures meant that anyone, anywhere could follow it live, and anyone could look back at it (skipping some parts, putting it to run at a faster speed,…). Unfortunately, the video has now been set to private.
Update: The Church of England General Synod also met online, and its meeting is still viewable. H/t John Tasker
The meeting dealt with the Three Tikanga structure, the way that complaints are dealt with, and finance.
General Synod / Te Hīnota Whānui documents on the Church’s official website
The charges from the three archbishops:
- put General Synod online
- IRL Ministry Done Virtually
- New Prayer Book Defies General Synod
- Evangelism Anglo-Catholic Style
- General Synod Day 1