On the 25th of April the LCiGB should have held its Synod-meeting in Leeds with St. Luke’s congregation as the host.
We had looked forward to this opportunity to come together sharing news and looking forward, “building on our roots”. Next year will be the 60th anniversary of LCiGB, established as the United Lutheran Synod in Great Britain in 1961.
This year we had planned for a tree-planting event in the garden of St. Luke’s, following up a project connected with the Luther-garden in Wittenberg, marking the Reformation jubilee in 2017. We are, indeed, proud of our roots!
We were also looking forward to listening to a message from the bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Bains.
However, due to the limitations on travelling and gathering in this time of the Coronavirus pandemic we have had to postpone the Synod-meeting.
It has now been decided that the Synod will take place on the 27th of June instead. And if the travel restriction still is in operation we will have a virtual Synod!
As the new bishop, I had very much looked forward to my first meeting with the synod, but this situation of crisis reminds all of us how vulnerable we are as human beings. Fortunately the Easter message gives us a living hope, telling us that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:39).
+ Tor B Jørgensen
Photo: Sarah Farrow’s screenshot of Virtual Clergy Meeting 24th of April 2020.