Members of the Unity Executive Committee met in Bethlehem, Pa., in September to pray for and conduct business on behalf of the Unity Board of the Worldwide Moravian Church. The three days of meetings focused on matters that pertain to the Unity provinces, mission provinces and mission areas around the Moravian world.
During our meeting in September, we received reports from the Unity Commission on Theology, the Unity Mission and Development Board and the work of the Unity Business Administrator. We addressed concerns raised by tensions in Eastern Tanzania, Honduras and Alaska. We discussed matters that may be brought before the Unity Board meeting in 2014.
Two developments of the past several years have significantly impacted how the UEC does its work. The 2009 Unity Synod authorized the hiring of a Unity Business Administrator to organize and coordinate the work of the Unity. The Rev. Dr. Jørgen Bøytler has brought a tremendous amount of communication and coordination with all provinces of the Unity.
The other significant development is email and the capacity to scan documents. Whereas weeks would often pass between an event and the communication of that event, now members of the Unity Executive Committee learn of it within hours. This allows the UEC to spend less meeting time on sharing information and more on developing solutions to address situations.
The Unity Executive Committee includes one representative of each of the four regions of the Unity. Br. Robert Hopcroft represents the European Region and serves as President of the Unity Board. Br. Nosigwe Buya represents the African Region and serves as Vice-President of the Board. Br. Cortroy Jarvis represents the Caribbean Region; Sr. Betsy Miller represents the American Region. Each representative is elected by his or her region at the Unity Board meeting. Br. Jorgen Boytler, Unity Business Administrator, lives in Denmark.
Betsy Miller is president of the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference and a member of the Unity Executive Committee. Above: Cortroy Jarvis, Jørgen Bøytler, Robert Hopcroft, Nosigwe Buya and Betsy Miller.
From the November 2013 Moravian Magazine