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Some of the Provincial Mothers' Union Leaders at their Council Meeting in Honiara preceding the Women's Consultation.
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Provincial Council members of the Church of Melanesia Mothers' Union
at their meeting on 21 and 22 September
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Consultation to Strengthen Women's Ministry in Melanesia
September 23, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Church of Melanesia is hoping to strengthen further its mission and ministry for women within the church through a consultation to be held in Honiara starting next week.

Discussions and deliberations of the four-day meeting will focus on the theme "Empowerment in faith for effective participation and ministry".

The consultation is an opportunity for women and their leaders to discuss important issues of concern and to identify areas of need for women so as to help reinforce their faith, participation and ministry at all levels within the Church.

It was felt that most women have not participated well in their mission to provide vital leadership efforts in the community that would enable others to gain essential skills, develop and encourage sustainable self-help projects, and run training programmes for local members and the wider community.

By reviewing and looking critically at these issues, the consultation hopes to help stimulate spiritual, physical and social development and enhance programmes at the provincial, diocesan, parish and village levels.

Women with leadership roles and responsibility within church institutions and the Mothers' Union as well as clergy wives and diocesan bishops have been invited to share their knowledge, visions and plans in this important meeting.

More than eighty participants from both Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are expected at the consultation, which will run from 24 to 27 September 2007.

Immediately before this consultation, the Provincial Mothers' Union leaders from all Dioceses in both Solomon Islands and Vanuatu gathered for a Council Meeting in Honiara on 21 and 22 September.