synod

noun
syn·od | \ ˈsi-nəd also -ˌnäd \

Definition of synod 

1 : an ecclesiastical governing or advisory council: such as

a : an assembly of bishops in the Roman Catholic Church

b : the governing assembly of an Episcopal province

c : a Presbyterian governing body ranking between the presbytery and the general assembly

d : a regional or national organization of Lutheran congregations

2 : the ecclesiastical district governed by a synod

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Other words from synod

synodal \ˈsi-nə-dᵊl, -ˌnä-; sə-ˈnä-dᵊl \ adjective

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On Tuesday, the Vatican released details of the upcoming bishops’ synod, the third in a series of major global gatherings about the family. Michelle Boorstein, BostonGlobe.com, "For the first time, Vatican uses the term LGBT in an official document," 21 June 2018 She was ordained in 2001, worked in clergy development for the synod, and founded Yeadon’s Spirit and Truth Worship Center congregation in 2006. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Lutheran minister from Philly overcame misgivings to make history as first black female bishop," 23 May 2018 The issue of women’s roles in the church is already on the agenda for the next two upcoming synods of bishops — the regular meetings of church leaders at the Vatican. Washington Post, "Vatican panel: Bishops should meet on women’s role in church," 12 Apr. 2018 The Delaware-Maryland synod, which governs more than 170 congregations in its two-state territory, has had mixed success in dealing with the trend. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Closure of 166-year-old church in South Baltimore 'the end of an era in that corner of the kingdom'," 18 May 2018 The local synod is one of the most diverse in the ELCA, according to Burkat. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Lutheran minister from Philly overcame misgivings to make history as first black female bishop," 23 May 2018 The synod recently consolidated eight of its struggling Baltimore churches into three. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Closure of 166-year-old church in South Baltimore 'the end of an era in that corner of the kingdom'," 18 May 2018 Davenport will succeed the Rev. Claire Schenot Burkat, who was elected in 2006 and has served two six-year terms as bishop of the local synod. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "S.E. Pa. Lutheran Synod elects first African American woman as bishop in denomination history," 7 May 2018 Among other things, the bishops will select four representatives to participate in a second meeting of bishops and cardinals in Rome, called a synod, scheduled to take place in October 2015. Taylor Wofford, Newsweek, "Will American Bishops Follow Pope Francis’s Progressive Lead? We’re About to Find Out," 13 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of synod

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for synod

Middle English sinod, from Late Latin synodus, from Late Greek synodos, from Greek, meeting, assembly, from syn- + hodos way, journey

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synod

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English Language Learners Definition of synod

: a formal meeting of church leaders

: a group of church leaders who are in charge of making decisions and laws related to the church

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