"Synod" is a word that contains the idea of a gathering of people walking a journey together. When a diocese holds a "synod," it simply refers to a gathering or assembly of its members. A Diocesan Synod is held every two-three years. It is a gathering of representatives from all the parishes in the Diocese of Edmonton (the area roughly between Whitecourt and Cold Lake in the north to Ponoka in the south, from the Saskatchewan border in the east to the BC border in the west). The representatives include all clergy in the diocese, elected delegates from each parish, plus specific people appointed by the Bishop.

For delegates, Synod is an opportunity to get to know others from around the diocese, to share experiences and resources and to learn a bit about the church outside your own parish. Delegates also represent their parishes by voting on any matters coming before the Synod.