In her opening remarks to the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller, who served as Provincial Elders’ Conference president for the past four years, offered “Glimpses of God” at work in the Moravian Church Northern Province. Miller highlighted efforts throughout the province in the areas of identity, healthy congregations, care and nurture of clergy, finance & administration and relationships with others.
The 2014 Northern Province Synod convened this afternoon at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
The synod, which brings together delegates from 13 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces is the “highest judicatory in the Northern Province with supreme legislative powers in all matters not committed to by the Unity Synod.” In other words, synod is where the key decisions about the Northern Province are made.
More than 270 delegates and guests from the province’s 93 congregations and emerging ministries will address, discuss, and decide on a broad array of programs, initiatives and challenges facing the Church. Synod also elects provincial leadership for the coming four years, may elect bishops of the Unity, and sets direction for the province for the next inter-synodal period.
The 2014 synod will address resolutions on provincial restructuring, mission and ministry initiatives; legislation concerning ordination of gay and lesbian persons, whether single, married, or in covenanted relationships; and more.
“I know that many are concerned about how we will respond at this synod – and I acknowledge that anxiety,” said Miller. “I believe we can offer an example to the world of how a deeply relational body of brothers and sisters can discern God’s leading and walk gracefully together. I also want to affirm that our witness and faith is broader than one issue and includes proclaiming the gospel, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting those in prison. The church before us has faced challenges in the past. I trust in the power of God’s Holy Spirit to guide us and hold us together, by faith into a future filled with promise and grace.”
Synod continues through Monday, June 23.
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