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Melanesian Brothers' Great Conference Gets Underway
 
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October 18, 2007

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The 11th Great Conference of the Melanesian Brotherhood and Companions is currently underway at the Melanesian Brothers Headquarters at Tabalia on west Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.

The Conference, which brings together hundreds of delegates from all regions where the Melanesian Bothers are present and working locally and overseas started yesterday (17 October 07).

The theme of the conference is "Empowering the Brothers and Companions for effective ministry in the Church through loving service, nurturing of believers, stewardship of creation, proclamation of the Gospel and social and spiritual transformation".

The conference was preceded by a retreat conducted by the Most Revd James Ayong, Archbishop of Papua New Guinea, and a seminar conducted by the Rt Revd Terry Brown, Bishop of Malaita and Senior Bishop of the Church of Melanesia, which began last week.

Among other things, the Conference looks at ways in which the life and work of the Brothers would be enhanced and strengthened so that they can become an effective tool for the mission and ministry of the Church within the Church of God in Melanesia and the Anglican Communion.

An election of new Leaders for the Brotherhood for the next four years will also be made at the Conference. This will be followed by a retreat of the third-year Novices who are preparing for their admission to the Brotherhood on the Day of St Simon and St Jude on Sunday 28 October 2007.

Members of the Brotherhood will also renew their vows and be commissioned by the Father of the Brotherhood, the Most Revd Sir Ellison Pogo, Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia, to go out into the field where they will carry out their work.
Those who are not renewing their promises will be released from their service that same day.

The programme on Sunday will be the final act of the two weeks of intensive spiritual and social gathering of Brothers, Clergy, Bishops and Archbishops and leaders in the Church.

The Great Conference is held every four years.