September 13th, 2003



Today was the first day of our Synod. The weather forecast promised a sunny day, but it wasn't. It rained and we could see a very rough sea from the conference centre.
The day started with some fairly pedestrian procedural motions, but after an insubstantial lunch, the excitement started with the motion about the definition of "marriage". After a little to-ing and fro-ing, this motion was left to lie upon the table as it was seemed unreasonable for Synod to vote either for or against the motion.
Five o'clock saw the end of the day's business and an evening at the Anglican Chinese Mission, where we were treated to an exhibition of dancing and a Chinese banquet. It was an enjoyable evening, but did not go on too late, which is probably just as well as it will be another early start tomorrow.