[Bishop Atagotaaluk] said the synod also had lengthy discussions on the issue of human sexuality, in response to General Synod's request for dioceses and churches to have more effective dialogue about the issue. "This was the most extensive (discussion) where people could break out into groups and talk about situations in their communities," he said. "It opened a lot of awareness of what might really be involved even if you're living in a small community where (it) has been a hush-hush issue for many, many years."The synod invited as speakers Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan,i who made a presentation on "Thinking as Christians about our intimate personal relationships;" Rev. Stephen Andrews, president of Thorneloe University and prolocutor of General Synod, who gave a presentation on the principles for interpreting the Bible; Bishop Larry Robertson, who talked about the biblical basis for marriage; and Rev. Dawn MacDonald, who made a presentation on the Zaccheus Fellowship, which consists of people who experience samesex attraction but "hold to the church's historic view on sexuality," according to its Web site.