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PMU General Conference opened in Honiara
June 15, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] The Church’s Provincial Mothers Union officially opened its General Conference with a special service at the St Barnabas Provincial Cathedral in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The General Conference is the highest decision making body of the Mothers Union that make policies, rules and guidelines on the affairs of the organization.

Patron of the Mothers Union Archbishop of Melanesia the Most Rev. David Vunagi opened the Conference last night.

In his address he said the main aim of the Mothers Union is to uphold and defend the sanctity and sacredness of marriage, therefore it has an important role to protect perfect relationships within marriage.

“In this age of secularism, marriage has simply become a contract of convenience where a man and a woman can live together until one of them decides to walk out and that is it."

He said that kind of marriage is very common today and there is a lot of pain, hurt and uncertainty especially on the children who are innocent victims of marriage break-ups.

“In his teachings, Jesus said marriage involves a permanent and an intimate bond which only death can separate.”

So it is that teaching that the Mothers Union must uphold and defend he said.

“It is my prayer that this Conference will make some bold decisions as to how the Ministry of the Mothers Union can continue to be relevant in defending the sanctity of marriage in this age that lacks order.”

Archbishop Vunagi said the Anglican Church of Melanesia has been described as a sleeping giant because it has the structure, the different baptismal ministries, the religious communities and the three fold ordained ministries but is not working hard enough.
“So it is our prayer that the different ministries of the Church will carry out a mission that is dynamic in purpose and nature. So may it be your task and my task to work faithfully in collaboration with each other in order that we may be able to wake up the sleeping giant,” he said.

The conference proper starts this morning and will run for the next two weeks.
More than 100 members and observers from Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are mapping a new path for the organization.

The Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia was not able to host this years conference due to logistical and financial difficulties so the Diocese of Central Melanesia was given the opportunity. Two thirds of the members are from Solomon Islands therefore accommodation and travelling costs have been a hindrance.

The conference is held every three years.