#984 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 26 Oct 2014.
The five-day Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney ended on Wednesday with votes on a range of social issues, including a call for the refugee cap to be lifted and children to be freed from immigration detention.
Earlier, the 800-member synod called for affiliated organisations to divest of any investments in any company whose revenue from gambling exceeds either 10 per cent of revenue or $50 million per annum.
The synod sent a strong message on the crisis in the Middle East, passing two motions on Iraq and supporting Archbishop Glenn Davies’ call for refugee limits to be expanded to cope with Christians and religious minorities fleeing the region.
“We must open the doors of our hearts and of our country to those who are suffering, Christians and otherwise.” Bishop Rob Forsyth told the Synod.
The Synod also passed a five year mission and vision statement to guide the diocese until 2020.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.