On Wednesday, crews began turning Johnston Hall on the Moravian College campus into the site of the 2010 Northern Province Synod. Behind the scenes, Northern Province staff moved in documentation, supplies, computer equipment and more to prepare for the event. By 1:00 Thursday, more than 300 delegates and guests will be on hand to make decisions that will guide the ministry, mission and workings of the Moravian Church.
The Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America will convene its 41st Synod on Thursday, June 17, 2010. Nearly 300 delegates from more than 90 congregations across the northern United States and Canada will meet at Johnston Hall on the campus of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for this five-day conference.
The 2010 Synod will convene at 1 p.m. with an opening worship led by Bishop C. Hopeton Clennon, chaplain of Moravian College & Moravian Theological Seminary. The call to order for Synod is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m. Plenary and mission team meetings will be held throughout the following days, with Synod closing Monday evening, June 21.
Provincial Synods are held every four years. During the 2010 Synod, delegates will come together for discussions, decisions and policy-making for the Northern Province.
Among the many resolutions expected to be addressed during this Synod, delegates will take up a proposal to enter into a relationship of full communion with the Episcopal Church; establishment of committees to focus on specific ministries; changes to Church policies and procedures; and resource allocations to Moravian projects.
In addition, delegates will elect new Provincial leadership, including the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and the PEC president. Current Northern Province President David L. Wickmann, who has held the post for eight years, will retire following this year’s Synod.