On Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., the following members of Synod gathered at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax for the 149th session of the Synod of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island:

The Most Rev. Ron Cutler, Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada, Chair

Mrs. Daphne Beeler, St. Mark’s, Halifax, Chair of the Episcopal Search Committee

Mrs. Jan Connors, St. George’s Halifax

The Rev. Canon Gordon Redden, Acting Executive Secretary of Synod

The Very Rev. Paul Smith, Dean of the Cathedral Church of All Saints



Mrs. Connors was asked to take notes of the proceedings.

The Metropolitan led in prayer.

Given that the state of emergency existing in response to the Covid 19 pandemic prohibited the gathering of any groups of more than 10 people, it was deemed impossible to obtain a quorum of members to conduct the work of the Synod, the Metropolitan read Canon 1, section 12(2) to the members of the Electoral Synod present:

“If a quorum is not present at the time appointed for the opening of an electoral synod, the members present may adjourn from time to time until a quorum is obtained and it is not necessary that any further summons be sent to the members of the electoral synod.”

It was then moved by Canon Redden, seconded by Dean Smith that “According to Canon 1 section 12 (2),  an absence of a quorum being noted, it is resolved that the Electoral Synod be adjourned to September 12, 2020, and if a quorum not be present at that time, a further adjournment shall occur to a date to be determined.”

The resolution was passed unanimously by those present.