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2014 Southern Province Synod

News from the 2014 Southern Province Synod, April 3-6 2014 in Black Mountain, N.C.

Southern Province Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

Every four years, the Southern Province of the Moravian Church brings together more than 200 delegates to “do the business of the church.” In April, those delegates approved a broad variety of resolutions that affirmed new opportunities, approved administrative and ministerial changes and provided direction for the next four years. The Provincial Synod has the […]

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Moravian polity at work–the (non)election of a Bishop

Synods are a special experience, one in which delegates listen for and discern the moving of the Holy Spirit in making decisions that affect the church. At the Synod of 2014, the Spirit seemed to be saying, “not now” in one area—the election of a bishop. One of the Synod’s key powers is the ability […]

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Synod resolution affirms spiritual solidarity with Honduras

In the midst of reports and discussions concerning numerous resolutions, the delegates to the 2014 Southern Province Provincial Synod unanimously passed Resolution 9, “Spiritual Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Honduras.” The resolution focuses on the homicide and other violent acts that are directly connected to the trafficking of illegal drugs in Honduras and invites […]

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Ecumenical Partners share thoughts on Southern Province Synod

The Synod of 2014 welcomed not only Moravians from across the Southern Province. Two leaders from ecumenical partners—the Episcopal Church and the Church of the Brethren in Texas—also witnessed the work of Synod. Each has provided their thoughts on being amongst Moravians. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop, Episcopal Church I very much enjoyed the Synod […]

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Synod delegates discern a vision for the future

While Synod is a time for legislating and governing, it is also a unique opportunity to take a look into the future of the Province. Synods harness the gathered creativity, experience, faith and ideas of delegates who only come together once every four years to discern a vision for the future. At the Southern Province […]

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Synod resolution results in Board of World Mission (BWM) constitution revisions

Both the Southern Province (SP), and soon the Northern Province (NP) are being asked to approve revisions to the Board of World Mission constitution. The Alaska Province and the Unity of the Brethren, official members of the BWM, will also need to ratify the proposed amendments. Much of the work of the BWM has changed […]

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Knitters’ work gives Synod more “heart”

A special gift greeted all attendees at the Southern Province 2014 Synod: hand-knit and felted heart shaped bowls filled with candy were placed at every attendees’ spot. The dream of the hearts began months before Synod was on the minds of the majority of folks in the Southern Province. The dream became a reality as […]

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Recognizing the undefinable: Establishing Manna Ministries

“We pray the Lord ever anew to point to us the way to reach our neighbors, opening our hearts and hands to them in their need.” Ground of the Unity How do we reach our neighbors in the midst of ever-changing communities? How do we sustain compassionate ministry amid the complexities of the world in […]

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2014 Synod Resolutions from Saturday, April 5

Delegates to the 2014 Synod debated and passed additional resolutions on Saturday, April 5, 2015.  These resolutions address many areas of ministry, administration and other areas of the Province.     Spiritual Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Honduras Synod resolved that the Southern Province, in solidarity with the people of Honduras, should raise awareness […]

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2014 Synod elects Provincial Elders’ Conference

During ballots on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, delegates to the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, elected the new Provincial Elders’ Conference. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in addition to the PEC president. The PEC is elected by Synod […]

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Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

During the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church in America Southern Province, delegates approved a broad variety of resolutions. This list represents resolutions approved through Saturday morning, April 5, 2014.  Approval of Revised Constitution and Book of Order of the Southern Province The Synod approved resolutions to adopt revisions to the Constitution and the Book […]

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Photos from 2014 Synod, Day 2

Friday, April 4 was a day filled with committee work (in groups called Pilgrimage Groups), elections, resolutions and worship during the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church in America Southern Province. Note: to view captions, select “Show Info” in the slideshow. If slideshow does not play on your device, please click here.   Additional information […]

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Synod elects directors, trustees for boards and agencies

One of the key components of the 2014 Southern Province Synod is the election of members to serve provincial boards and agencies. In the initial sessions, the following were elected to provincial service:  Board of Directors, Board of World Mission Donna Hurt Dan Nelson Board of Directors, Moravian Mission Society  Matthew Allen Scott Brent Scarlett […]

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Southern Province convenes 2014 Synod

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, convened on Thursday, April 3 at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C. More than 210 delegates from Southern Province congregations, fellowships and related ministries began their work to discern and legislate for the coming four years.   The Provincial Synod has the supreme legislative power […]

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Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, July 23 — Psalm 88:13–18
Deuteronomy 32:10–43; Luke 11:1–13

The Lord said to Isaac, “Through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.” Genesis 26:4 (NIV)

Many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 8:11

God of our ancestors, we are grateful for the blessings upon blessings that you bestowed upon Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and also upon us. Thank you for the promise of your unending faithfulness. Amen.

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