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Melanesian Messenger Online distributed by the
Church of the Province of Melanesia
November 10, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Archbishop of the Church of Melanesia Sir Ellison Pogo expressed disappointment that the ministry of women receives less support than it should be from some parts of the Church.

He said this when giving his Charge at the official opening of the Church of Melanesia 12th General Synod in Honiara on November 9.

“I am sad that we have not been able to achieve agreement to the ordination of women, but even more than that, I believe that we neglect the fact that our women are the backbone of the Church and we fail to include them at all levels of the Church.

He said the current General Synod have done much worse than the few sessions.

“Out of the 45 elected members to the General Synod, only one of them is a woman.

“If it were not for the Mothers Union, there would be no women at all in our General Synod this year,” he said.

Experiences overseas he said is that women bring to any forum a perspective and a dynamic that men cannot bring.

“Just as God recognized that Adam was not a whole person until he created Eve, so we must admit that our Church is not complete until women are full partners at every level.”

The synod is expected to talk about some of the issues affecting women and leadership in the two weeks deliberation.

The Synod proper starts on November 10 and ends on 22 at the St Nicholas School in Honiara, Solomon Islands.