This week Synod met, and one of the items on the agenda was the Diakonia Remixed Report. I was eager to find out what would be decided and so I ended up streaming Synod online! The advisory committee for the Diakonia Remixed report presented on the last day - which meant I ended up listening to a whole week of Synod, hearing a lot more of it than I had been anticipating! People who dropped by my office were confused when they took a listen, and most gave me a funny look when I let them know that it was a denominational meeting.
If you want to listen to the Diakonia Remixed Synod discussion you'll find it under Thursday PM 2 session and it starts at 45:20.
There was a significant discussion about the report. Ultimately what the study committee had recommended was not what the advisory committee wanted to bring forward to Synod. Working together, the study committee decided to allow the advisory committee's report to be discussed on the Synod floor, rather than the original Diakonia Remixed Report.
If you would like to read a synopsis of the discussion's end result, it is posted here on the denominational website.
Part of the new recommendation involved a delayed implementation of the church order changes so that the roles of both elders and deacons could be explored. A new task force to study the office of elders and deacons was set. The list of candidates, as well as their mandate, can be found here. You can also watch the discussion about the task force and the names that were selected by viewing the Friday Closing Session 1 starting at 1:14:58.
What are your thoughts about what was proposed by Diakonia Remixed? How do you feel about the changes made by the advisory committee (which the study committee graciously supported)? What do you hope will come forward from the new task force?