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 and engage in educational activities on how the sale and consumption of illegal drugs in North America deeply affect the people of Honduras and results in much violence. The resolution urges pastors and leaders of the church to give voice to the Honduran people’s plight and to hold Hondurans and global partners in prayer..
Synod resolved that the Southern Province’s Cornerstone Campaign be continued for the next inter-synodal period and that the PEC is authorized to establish policies and procedures; to use Cornerstone Campaign funds for such general financial support of new and emerging ministries; and encourage congregations to consider the Cornerstone Campaign in their budgeting process.
Liturgical and Sacramental Unity and Liberty
In order to cultivate creative expressions of worship according to need, Synod charged the Interprovincial Faith and Order Committee to develop guidelines for evaluating changes to liturgies, litanies, rites, and sacraments, while maintaining official doctrines and our theology of the heart, so that we may continue to celebrate both the unity and variety of our liturgical life and that if agreeable to both provinces, the guidelines be subject to review by the clergy and bishops of the Northern and Southern provinces.
Unity Women’s Desk Fundraising Campaign
Synod resolved that upon approval of the Provincial Elders’ Conference of the Southern Province the Unity Women’s Desk be authorized to establish and execute a fundraising campaign, encouraging the support of churches within the Province.
Establishment of Manna Ministries
Synod resolved that the Southern Province recognize the role and value of “Manna Ministries,” new and emerging ministries that do not otherwise fit into the existing models and categories of ministry; and that the Provincial Elders Conference determine how to develop guidelines for Manna Ministries that promote sustainability, offer accountability, and foster collaboration and discernment.
Further details on these resolutions will be posted to the Southern Province website following Synod.