Presidential Address – Synod 2020

Theme: The God of Surprises Acknowledgement of Country: As we meet today for this, the first session of the Fortieth (40th) Synod of the Diocese of  Wangaratta,  I  acknowledge  all  Aboriginal  people,  the  traditional  owners  of  the various lands on which we meet throughout the Diocese and pay my respects to their elders past, present…

Bishops Sermon – Synod 2020

Synod Eucharist – The Signs of the Time Rev 2:1-7 & Luke 21:29-36 Clarence E Bester We are heading into a time of the year, as we have heard in the readings of the past three Sundays, that invites us to be ready for the coming of the Kingdom of God – being ready, being…

Presidential Address – Synod 2019

Introduction I bid you a very warm welcome to this third session of the thirty-ninth Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta, my 11th and last. I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. I acknowledge Auntie Betty who…

Matthew McInnes Memorial Award

Each year since 1998 the Matthew McInnes Award has been presented during Synod to recognise outstanding service to youth of the Diocese of Wangaratta. The recipient in that first year was Ria Voorhaar from Albury. Ria’s name and those of all recipients since are recorded on an honour board located on near the baptistry of…

Presidential Address – Synod 2018

Welcome to Country I acknowledge the B/Pangerang people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet for this 2nd session of the 39th Synod of the Diocese of Wangaratta, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. I pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging and the Elders from…