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Melanesian Messenger Online distributed by the
Church of the Province of Melanesia
November 9, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Church of Melanesia today officially opened its 12th General Synod in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The General Synod is the Church’s highest decision making body of the Church comprising of bishops, clergy and lay members as well as heads of the church’s administration and selected institutions in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

It opened this morning with a liturgical service at the St. Barnabas Provincial Cathedral with the Archbishop Sir Ellison Pogo presiding with the the Diocesan Bishops.

The Rt Rev. John Paterson, Bishop of Auckland and Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council preached at the worship service and also gave the synods Keynote Address.

Archbishop Sir Ellison in his Charge to synod members highlighted key areas the Church needs to properly and effectively address in order to continue to build up the Church of God in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

These includes areas on education, human resource training for both clergy and lay, Church workers welfare, ecumenism, womens ministry and family and marriage.

He also highlighted two important projects; the university establishment by the Church and the archival of important historical documents of the Church.

Governor General of Solomon Islands His Excellency Sir Nathaniel Waena and and wife Lady Waena, Prime Minister Dr. Derek Sikua and Mrs Sikua, along with other Ministers of the Crown, the Most Rt Rev Adrian Smith of the Roman Catholic Church, diplomatic representatives, ecumenical partners and private sector representatives were also in attendance at the opening.

Sixty seven members, for the next two weeks starting tomorrow when the synod proper commences will sit to talk and discuss important issues pertaining to the life and work of the church in the next three years.

The Diocese of Central Melanesia is the host of this years 12th General Synod.