Synod Observer Our Synod 2023 guest and observer is Bishop Michael Pryse of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.

Bishop Pryse is fervently committed to the cause of Christian unity and is a strong advocate for increased ecumenical and multi-faith co-operation. He has co-chaired the Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission from 2001 to 2013 and the Anglican Lutheran International Coordinating Committee since 2013.

He has led and participated in a wide variety of ecumenical and multi-faith delegations both here in Canada and abroad. He has travelled extensively in many parts of the world on delegations to strengthen development partnerships that address basic human rights in places such as India, Guyana, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Israel and Palestine, to mention only a few. He is an advocate for responsibility of churches to publicly address issues of global justice, human rights, international development and issues related to the full inclusivity of all people.