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					      CHURCH OF NIGERIA, (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
                            PROVINCE OF ENUGU
                            DIOCESE OF NSUKKA

      RESOLUTIONS OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE SIXTH SYNOD
        OF THE DIOCESE OF NSUKKA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
          HOLDING AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, IBAGWA-AKA
      FROM SATURDAY, 24TH TO WEDNESDAY, 28TH OCTOBER, 2009.

1.0    PREAMBLE

       At the First Session of the Sixth Synod of the Diocese of Nsukka holding at
       St Andrew‟s Church, Ibagwa-Aka, Igboeze South Local Government Area
       under the guidance of the Holy spirit and presided over by the Lord Bishop
       of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Aloysius Eze Agbo, JP, from Saturday, 24 October
       to Wednesday, 28 October, 2009, with the theme “Making Disciples of all
       Nations”, (Matt. 28:19-20) the Synod resolves as follows:
       1.1   They Synod reaffirms, with implicit faith, that since our God is the
             only true God to whom belong all authority, power, dominion and
             salvation, and who has enjoined all believers to go and make disciples
             of all nations, it beholds us all to now carry the message of our
             knowledge of God to those who are still ignorant of the divine truth of
             the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
       1.2   The Synod in session thanks the Almighty God for guiding, protecting
             and preserving the Diocese of Nsukka, Anglican Communion, to this
             month of the year 2009 and for granting us a very successful 2009
             Synod.
       1.3   The Synod notes with joy and appreciation the warm reception,
             hospitality and generosity accorded the Synod President and delegates
             by the Ibagwa-Aka Anglican Community and His Royal Highness of
             Ibagwa-Aka, Sir Dr Hyacinth Eze, Agu I of Ibagwa-Aka and Sir

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      Igwebueze Ugwoke of Obukpa. It notes with profound appreciation
      the excellent efforts of the Diocesan Synod Planning Committee led
      by Ven. Dr Ab. C. Okorie, JP, the entire Ibagwa Archdeaconry led by
      the Archdeacon and wife, Ven. and Mrs G.U. Nnamani, and Sir J.C.
      Onuh, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee.
1.4   The Synod congratulates the people of Eha-Amufu Missionary
      Diocese and its pioneer Bishop, the Rt. Rev. & Mrs Daniel N. Olinya
      and commends them into the mighty hands of God for successful
      missionary exploits.
1.5   The Synod rejoices with His Grace, the Most Rev. Dr Amos A. Madu
      and his beloved wife for their new position as the Archbishop of the
      newly created Enugu Province, assuring them of its unflinching
      support and prays for their success.
1.6   The Synod very specially congratulates the Primate-elect of the
      Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr Nicholas
      Oko who will, as from 25th March, 2010, take over the mantle of the
      leadership of the Church under God. The Synod prays God to fill him
      afresh with His Holy Spirit and prepare him for the great task ahead.
1.7   Guest Speakers
      The Synod welcomes with joy and appreciation the esteemed presence
      of the Guest Preacher, Rt. Rev. Isaac Enenibyo Orama, JP, the
      Bishop, Diocese of Uyo, a man of unfeigned faith and indomitable
      zeal for the work of the Lord and the Guest Bible Study Leader, the
      Most Rev. Emmanuel Egbunu, JP, the bishop of Lokoja and the
      Archbishop of Lokoja ecclesiastical province for finding time to be
      with us throughout the Synod in spite of their crowded engagements.
1.8   The Synod welcomes with thankfulness to God the esteemed presence
      of the following Church leaders/Diocesans or their Representatives:

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               a)   The Most Rev. Dr Amos A. Madu, Archbishop, Enugu
                    Ecclesiastical province;
               b)   Rt. Rev. Dr J.C. Ilonuba, JP, Bishop Emertus, Diocese of
                    Nsukka;
               c)   Rt. Rev. C. Aneke, Bishop of Udi Diocese;
               d)   Representatives of the Bishops of Eche, Ihiala, Enugu, Enugu-
                    North, Nike, Ikwo, Mgbo, Afikpo and Niger-West Dioceses.
2.0   THE SYNOD THEME: “Making Disciples of All Nations (Matt:28:19-20)
      The Synod notes that it is the responsibility of the Church:
      i.     To preach the gospel.
      ii.    To baptize converts.
      iii.   To make disciples; and
      iv.    To teach believers
      The „being‟ of disciples should precede the „doing‟ of the disciple. The
Synod notes with dismay the superficiality that has characterized Christian
activities in our age pointing to the fact that Christianity of our time is thousands of
miles long but an inch deep. This proves the dire need of making every convert a
disciple.
In order to enhance the teaching ministry of the Church, the Synod welcomes the
Discipleship manuals that have been introduced in the Diocese for Baptism,
Confirmation and Marriage Counselling and all groups/prara-organizations within
the Diocese are mandated to produce their manuals which should be Christ-
centred. The manuals should be used in reviving the Friday Bible Study Class.
The Synod also resolves that all discipleship programmes should take special
cognizance of the widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society.
3.0   ORDINATIONS
      The Synod welcomes with joy and gratitude to God the Advent Ordination
of 11 (eleven) people as deacons at St Mary‟s Church, Opi-Uno on Sunday, 7th

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December, 2008 and the ordination of five people as deacons and eight priests at St
Paul‟s Cathedral, Nsukka on Sunday, 5th July, 2009 during Trinity Ordination. The
Synod wishes them well in their respective areas of service.
4.0        GIANT STRIDES IN THE DIOCESE
           The Synod notes with joy and thankfulness to God the following giant
strides in the Diocese:
      a)    Foundation Stone-Laying of the Cathdral; St. Luke‟s Church, Amufie
            Vicarage; and the Church building of St. Andrew‟s Church Orba Road,
            Nsukka.
      b)    Dedication of four parsonages – St Andrew‟s Church, Igbelle/Uroshi; St
            Bartholomew‟s Church, Obimo; St Phillip‟s Church, Umuida, Enugu
            Ezike; and St Luke‟s Parsonage, Ilike-Uno.
      c)    Dedication of two Churches – St Andrew‟s Church, Orba Road, Nsukka;
            and Christ Church, Eziani;
      d)    Inauguration of eleven parsishes.
      e)    Naming and Official opening of Church of Transfiguration, Enugu Road
            and Anglican Church of the Pentecost, Army Barracks, Nsukka;
      f)    Christian Fathers‟ Fellowship Conference which lasted for three days at St
            Bartholomew‟s Church, Amachalla, Enugu Ezike with the theme: “Called
            According To His Purpose” (Rom. 8:28b).
g)         Women Ministry:
           The Synod appreciates and congratulates Mama Nsukka, Mrs. Ifeoma A.
Agbo, JP, for her first Diocesan Women‟s Conference which was a huge success.
The Synod thanks the women of the Diocese for (i) undertaking to nurture three
baby churches; (ii) redeeming their pledge of one million Naira made during the
foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Cathedral; and (iii) their water-packaging
factory project.


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h.    Admissions and Confirmations
      The Synod notes with joy the phenomenal growth in the Diocese in respect
of admissions and confirmations within the period under review:
      136 candidates were admitted into Girls‟ Guild;
      189 candidates were admitted into Women‟s Guild;
        57 candidates were admitted into Mothers‟ Union;
       73 candidates were admitted into Christian Fathers‟ Fellowship and
      1,516 candidates were confirmed.
i.)   Diocesan Projects
      The Synod notes with joy that most of the diocesan development and
agricultural projects have commenced in full swing and are doing well. These
include the Nursery/Primary School, Cathedral building, printing Press, piggery,
Pineapple Orchard, the Hospital and the new Secretariat. The Synod appreciates
all those who have been labouring selflessly in these places and prays God to
richly bless them.
j.    Diocesan Website and magazine
      The Synod acknowledges with enthusiasm and joy the hosting of a Diocesan
website (www.nsukkangleicandiocese.org) and the inauguration of Diocesan
Magazine, “The Preacher” for information, education and inspiration.
k.    Appointments:
      The Synod congratulates the Diocesan and rejoices with the following
recipients of appointments in the Diocese:
      Barrister Onyinyechi Emmanuel Ugwuolor             -       Registrar
      Sir Barrister Chiuke J. Ngwu                       -       Deputy Registrar
      Barriter Nnaemke Ogbonna                           -       Legal Secretary
The Synod prays God to enable them to acquit themselves most creditably to His
praise and glory and to the joy of themselves and the Diocese.


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l.    Mission Training
      The Synod congratulates the Diocesan on the vision to establish a Mission
Leadership Institute in Nsukka for the purpose of raising missionaries/leaders who
will positively impact the nation. To this end, the Synod commends the Bishop for
sending Rev. Canon Chinedu Onah to Bethany International University, Singapore
and Ven. Ephraim Asogwa and Pastor Christian Orji who are currently in Ibadan
for 3 months training at Nigerian Inter-Cultural College of Mission. The Synod
prays for the realization of the vision.
m.    Ministers’ Welfare
      The Synod receives with unalloyed support the proposal for Ministers‟
Welfare programme in keeping with the biblical injunction of caring for the
ministers of God. The Synod calls on all faithful to support to support the laudable
scheme generally at all times in order to enable it to achieve the desired lofty ideals
of encouraging our ministers and families in their work and for the edification of
the Church of God.
n.    Ban on Bazaar Sales
      The Synod welcomes the directive banning bazaar sales in all churches in
the Diocese of Nsukka. The Synod enjoins all believers to always honour God with
their substance and embrace cash harvest.
o.    Evangelistic Campaign
      The Synod agrees with directive that all our evangelistic campaigns must be
for the sole purpose of winning coverts who will be made disciplines. The Synod
describes the prevalent trend whereby churches or ministers invite “marketing
evangelists” who make merchandise of the gospel by their “prophesies” and
religiously dupe unsuspecting people. The Synod therefore bans sowing of seed of
faith, pledging to support the programme, paying to receive miracles, marketing of
religious articles or special fund-raising etc. during crusades in the Diocese.
However, traditional offerings are allowed.

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p.       Angelical Traditional Rulers’ Council
         The Synod commends, with joy and acclamation, the Diocesan‟s proposal
for the establishment of an Anglican Traditional rulers, among others political
office holders, could be brought into the main stream of the church. The Synod
therefore congratulates the Diocesan for specially inviting to this Synod the 15
(fifteen) Anglican Traditional Rulers within the jurisdiction of Nsukka Diocese.
This is novel and commendable.
q.       Knights of Saint Paul.
         The Synod welcomes and congratulates the new executive of the Diocesan
Council of Knight under the leadership of Sir. Prof. Micah Osilike. The Synod
appreciates the immediate past executive of council of Knight under the leadership
of Dir. Dr. A. E. Onwurah for work well done and also appreciates the Knight and
ladies of St. Paul for their gallantry, services and deep commitment to the work of
the Diocese. The Synod is deeply grateful to the Council for quick accepting the
request of the Bishop to build a chapel at Nsukka Prisons for the spiritual welfare
of the prison inmates as requested if the Bishop by the Comptroller of Prisons
Enugu State Command, Mrs. V. U. Oweh, who gave the piece of land for same
within the prisons yard and pledged 1, 000 blocks towards the work. The Synod
notes with joy that the Council of Knight is poised to complete the building by
December 2009.
r.       New Archdeaconries
         The Synod congratulates the Bishop for creating 4 (four) more
archdeaconries in order to further reposition the Diocese for effective evangelism.
These are:
     - Uzo-Uwani Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. Mark‟s Church, Abbi;
       Adani, Umulokpa and Nkpologwu parishes. NB Nkpologwu parish:
       Nkpologwu, Akpugoeze and Uvuru.
     - Alor-Uno Archdeaconry with headquarters at Emmanuel Church, Alor- Uno;
       Alor-Uno, Okpuje parishes.

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 - Edem Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. John‟s Church, Edem-Ani:
   Edem and Ez-ani parishes and
 - Nsukka Central Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. Luke‟s Church,
   Nsukka. (St. Andrew‟s Orba Rd, St. Lukes Parishes and Lejja parish).
       The Synod notes that the former Nsukka South Archdeaconry with
headquarters at St. Thomas Church, Aku will now be known as and called Aku
Archdeaconry. Obukpa parish will now be in Nsukka Archdeaconry while Ede-
Oballa will join Lejja parish.
s.       Our Weaknesses
      1) The Synod condemns lapses in the remittances/payment of assessment and
         other Diocesan quota by the churches.
      2) The Synod in session approves that urgent measures be taken to forestall the
         dangerous incursions of Islam in our Diocese.
5.0      PROVINCE OF ENUGU NEWS
The Synod notes, with joy, the creation of Eha-Amufu Missionary Diocese out of
Nsukka Diocese and Udi Diocese out of Oji River Diocese at the General Synod in
Abuja in September 2008. The Synod also notes the consecration, on 11th January
2009, at the Cathedral Church of All Saints‟ Ughelli, 13 (thirteen) new bishops
including Rt. Daniel Olinya for Eha-Amufu and Rt. Rev. Augustine Aneke for Udi,
thereby 2 (two) Bishops to our province.
The Synod further notes the election of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Amos A. Madu, the
Bishop of Oji River Diocese as the First Archbishop of Enugu Province at Ife in
March 2009. The Province now has 12 (twelve) diocese.
6.0      NIGERIA AT 49
The Synod decries the state of Nigeria at age 49 amidst poor leadership, political
killings and property. The Synod recommends a re-orientation of political office
holders to the true meaning of leadership as opposed to rulership. The anti-


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corruption bodies should be made truly independent so as to positioned to
effectively deal with corruption in high places
6.1   Education
The Synod observes that the nation‟s education industry is in shambles with poor
infrastructure, inadequate manpower and funding resulting in incessant agitations
through strikes for improvement. The Synod calls on government at all levels to
sincerely address the problems in this sector to ensure industrial harmony.
Government should keep to agreements reached with all staff unions in the
education sector.
6.2   Electoral Reforms:
      The Synod decries the continued retention of Professor Maurice Iwu as the
Chairman of INEC amidst the many flaws and controversies around his person and
office which have undermined general confidence in our electoral processes.
Synod therefore wonders how there could be an effective electoral reform under
the circumstance. The Synod therefore calls for his removal in the interest of the
nation and for the full implementation of the Justice Mohammadu Uwais‟ Report.
6.3   Insecurity
      The Synod expresses concern over the prevailing state of insecurity to life
and property occasioned by the spate of robberies, assassinations, hostage takings
and kidnappings in the country. It further condemns religious riots in the Northern
states. The Synod urges the Federal Government to quickly address the root cause
of these insecurities to forestall further breakdown of law and order and assure
security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
6.4   Carnage on Our Roads
      The Synod continues to lament the deplorable state of Nigerian roads
especially in South East geo-political zone with the attendant loss of lives and
property. The Synod calls on the Government at all levels to properly address the


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dilapidation of these roads to reduce the mishaps on our roads and give the people
a sense of belonging.
6.5     The Power Sector
        The Synod regrets that despite the over 10 million U.S. dollars spent by the
Federal Government in the past ten years in the power sector to ensure
uninterrupted power supply, not much has been achieved, resulting in the closure
of over 850 companies, loss of over 600,000 jobs, etc. The Synod in session calls
on Government to embark on a massive programme to put an end the epileptic
power supply and other problems in the sector.
6.6     Change of Baton at UNN
        The Synod commends the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University
of Nigeria, Ven. Prof. Chinedu Nebo for a successful tenure that refocused the
University and congratulates the successor, Prof. Bartho Okolo and wishes him
well.
7.0     ENUGU STATE
        The Synod commends the present administration in Enugu led by Bar.
Sullivan Chime for its efforts towards equitable distribution of democracy
dividends. The Synod appreciates the rehabilitation work at Adani Rice Farm and
urges the Governor to extend same to Iwolo and Ette farms paying special attention
the access roads. The Synod commends the handover process of schools and prays
him to urgently complete the process of handing over ALL former mission schools
to their respective churches.
8.0     ENDOWMENT FUND
        The Synod approves that every living member contributes to this fund as
follows:
 (a) Children 0 – 12 years             N1,000 per annum
 (b) Youth 13 – 25 years               N 1,500 per annum
 (c) Adult 26 years and above          N 2,000 per annum

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9.0   APPRECIATION
      The Synod in session appreciates and commends the Diocesan, the Rt. Rev.
A. E. Agbo (JP) for his dynamic and spirit filled leadership of the Diocese, and the
landmark achievement so far made. May the Lord continue to bless his family and
ministry, our Diocese, the state, the nation and the world at large.
      Long Live the Diocese of Nsukka (Anglican Communion)
      Long Live the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
      Long Live Enugu State
      Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria




Rt. Rev. Aloysius E. Agbo                                   Rev. T. O. Ugwuishiwu
Bishop & President of Synod                                 Clerical Synod Secretary



                           For and on behalf of the Synod



Date: October, 28, 2009




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      CHURCH OF NIGERIA, (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
                             PROVINCE OF ENUGU
                             DIOCESE OF NSUKKA

              THE FIRST SEESION OF THE SIXTH SYNOD
        OF THE DIOCESE OF NSUKKA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
          HOLDING AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, IBAGWA-AKA
      FROM SATURDAY, 24TH TO WEDNESDAY, 28TH OCTOBER, 2009.

                            COMMUNIQUE

1.0    PREAMBLE
             ii)   At the First Session of the Sixth Synod of the Diocese of
                   Nsukka holding at St Andrew‟s Church, Ibagwa-Aka, Igboeze
                   South Local Government Area under the guidance of the Holy
                   spirit and presided over by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese, Rt.
                   Rev. Aloysius Eze Agbo, JP, from Saturday, 24 October to
                   Wednesday, 28 October, 2009, with the theme “Making
                   Disciples of all Nations”, (Matt. 28:19-20)
             The Synod hereby assembled expresses thanks to Almighty God for
             guiding and protecting this Diocese of Nsukka effectively throughout
             this year and granting us a successful 2009 Synod. The Synod in
             session sacrificious Lordship of Jesus Christ over His Church.
2.0 THE SYNOD THEME: “Making Disciples of All Nations”(Matt:28:19-20)
The Synod notes that it is the responsibility of the Church;
        i   To preach the gospel.
        ii To baptize converts
        iii. To make disciples, and


        iv. To teach believers,



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The „being‟ of disciples should precede the „doing‟ of the disciple.
The Synod notes with dismay the superficiality that has characterized Christian
activities in our age pointing to the fact that Christianity of our time is thousands of
miles long but an inch deep. This proves the dire need of making every convert a
disciple.
In order to enhance the teaching ministry of the Church, the Synod welcomes the
Discipleship manuals soon to be introduced and used in the Diocese for Baptism,
confirmation and marriage counseling and mandates all groups/para-organizations
within the diocese to follow suit. Such manuals should be Christ centered.
The Synod also resolves that all discipleship programmes should take special
cognize of the widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society.
3.0 ORDINATIONS
      The Synod welcomes with joy and gratitude to God the Advent Ordination
      of 11 (Eleven) people as deacons at St Mary‟s Church Opi-Uno on Sunday,
      7th December, 2008 and the ordination of five people as deacons and eight
      priests at St Paul‟s Cathedral, Nsukka on Sunday, 5th July, 2009 during
      Trinity Ordination. The Synod wishes them well in their respective areas of
      service.
4.0. GIANT STRIDES IN THE DIOCESE
      The Synod notes with joy and thankfulness to God the following giant
      strides in the Diocese:
            a)   Foundation Stone Laying of the Cathedral, St. Luke‟s Church,
                 Amufie Vicarage and the Church building of St Andrew‟s Church
                 Orba Road;
            b)   Dedication of four Parsonages – St. Andrew‟s Church,
                 Igbelle/Uroshi, St Bartholomew‟s Church, Obimo, St            Phillip‟s
                 Church, Umuida, Enugu Ezike and St Luke‟s Parsonage, Imilike-
                 Uno.

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            c)    Dedication of two Churches – St Andrew‟s Church, Orba Road
                  Nsukka and Christ Church, Eziani;
            d)    Inauguration of eleven Parishes.
            e)    Naming and Official opening of Church of Transfiguration, Enugu
                  Road and Anglican Church of the Pentecost, Army Barracks,
                  Nsukka;
            f)    Christian Fathers‟ Fellowship Conference which lasted for three
                  days at St Bartholomew‟s Church, Amachalla, Enugu Ezike with
                  the theme: “Called According To His Purpose” (Rom. 8:28b).
            g)    Women Ministry:
              The Synod appreciates and congratulates Mama Nsukka, Mrs Ifeoma A. Agbo,
     JP, for her first Diocesan Women‟s Conference which was a huge success. The Synod
     thanks the women of the Diocese for (i) undertaking to nurture three baby churches; (ii)
     redeeming their pledge of one million Naira made during the foundation stone laying
     ceremony of the Cathedral; and (iii) their water-packaging factory project.
i.    Diocesan Projects
       The Synod notes with joy that most of the diocesan development and
agricultural projects have commenced in full swing and are doing well. These
include the Nursery/Primary School, Cathedral building, Printing Press, piggery,
Pineapple Orchard, the Hospital and the new Secretariat. The Synod appreciates
all those who have been labouring selflessly in these places and prays God to
richly bless them.
j. Diocesan Website and Magazine
       The Synod acknowledges with enthusiasm and joy the hosting of a Diocesan website
(www.nsukkaanglicandiocese.org) and the inauguration of Diocesan Magazine, “The
Preacher” for information, education and inspiration.
k. Ministers’ Welfare
       The Synod receives with unalloyed support the proposal for Ministers‟
Welfare Programme in keeping with the biblical injunction of caring for the

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ministers of God. The Synod calls on all faithful to support the laudable scheme
generously at all times in order to enable it to achieve the desired lofty ideals of
encouraging our ministers and families in their work and for the edification of the
Church of God.
l     Ban on Bazaar Sales
      The Synod welcomes the directive banning bazaar sales in all churches in
the Diocese of Nsukka. The Synod enjoins all believers to always honour God wih
their substance and embrace cash harvest.
m.    Evangelistic Campaigns
      The Synod agrees with the directive that all our evangelistic campaigns must
be for the sole purpose of winning converts who will be made disciples. The Synod
decries the prevalent trend whereby churches or ministers invite “marketing
evangelists” who make merchandise of the gospel by their “prophesies” and
religiously dupe unsuspecting people. The Synod therefore bans sowing of seed of
faith, pledging to support the programme, paying to receive miracles, marketing of
religious articles or special fund-raising etc. during crusades in the Diocese.
However, traditional offerings are allowed.
n.    Anglican Traditional Rulers’ Council
      The Synod commends, with joy and acclamation, the Diocesan‟s proposal
for the establishment of an Anglican Traditional Rulers‟ Council as a forum where
by our Anglican traditional rulers, among other political office holders, could be
brought into the main stream of the church. The Synod therefore congratulates the
Diocesan for specially inviting to this Synod the 15 (fifteen) Anglican Traditional
Rulers within the jurisdiction of Nsukka Diocese. This is novel and commendable.
o.    Knights of Saint Paul:
      The Synod congratulates the new executive of the Diocesan Council of
Knights, and appreciates the Knights and ladies of St. Paul for their gallantry,
services and deep commitment to the work of the Diocese. The Synod is deeply

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grateful to the Council for quickly accepting the request of the Bishop to build a
chapel at Nsukka Prisons for the spiritual welfare of the prison inmates as
requested of the Bishop by the Comptroller of Prisons Enugu State Command,
Mrs. V.U. Oweh, who gave the piece of land for same within the prisons yard and
pledged 1,000 blocks towards the work.
The Synod notes with joy that the Council of Knights is poised to complete the
building by December 2009.
p.    New Archdeaconries
            The Synod congratulates the Bishop for creating 4 (four) more
            archdeaconries in order to further reposition the Diocese for effective
            evangelism. These are:
      - Uzo-Uwani Archdeaconry with headquarters at St Mark‟s Church, Abbi;
      - Alor-Uno Archdeaconry with headquarters at Emmanuel Church, Alor-
          Uno;
      - Edem Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. John‟s Church, Edem-Ani
          and
      - Nsukka Central Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. Luke‟s Church,
          Nsukka.
      The Synod notes that the former Nsukka South Archdeaconry with
headquarters at St. Thomas Church, Aku will now be known as and called Aku
Archdeaconry.
q .Preferments:
      The following preferments were made at the Synod:
Archdeacons:
      2. Rev Canon Chijioke Onyechi
      3. Rev. Canon Christian Eze
      4. Rev. Canon Clifford Ugwuanyi
Canons:

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      1. Rev. T.O. Ugwuishiwu
      2. Rev. Samuel Ugwu
      3. Rev. Ifeanyi Akunna
      4. Rev. Nnamdi Ijeudo




5.0 NIGERIA AT 49:
The Synod decries the state of Nigeria at age 49 amidst poor leadership, political
killings and poverty. The Synod recommends a re-orientation of political office
holders to the true meaning of leadership as opposed to rulership. The Synod
congratulate the Governor of the Central Bank, Mallam Lamido Sanusi on his
appointment and commends his efforts in trying to sanitize the banking industry in
the country.   The Synod also commends the chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs Farida Waziri for her commissions
effort towards the recovery of the said unperforming loans and other anti-
corruption strides. The Synod in session recommends that the anti-corruption
bodies should be made truly independent so as to be positioned to effectively deal
with corruption in high places.
6.0 Education:
The Synod observes that the nation‟s education industry is in shambles with poor
infrastructure, inadequate manpower and funding resulting in incessant agitations
through strikes for improvement. The Synod calls on government at all levels to
sincerely address the problems in this sector to ensure industrial harmony.
Government should keep to agreements reached with all staff unions in the
education sector.
6.1 Electoral Reforms:
      The Synod decries the continued retention of Professor Maurice Iwu as the
Chairman of INEC amidst the many flaws and controversies around his person and

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office, which have undermined general confidence in our electoral processes.
Synod therefore wonders how there could be an effective electoral reform under
the circumstance. The Synod therefore calls for his removal in the interest of the
nation and for the full implementation of the Justice Mohammadu Uwais‟ Report.
6.2 Insecurity:
The Synod congratulates the new Inspector General of Police Mr. O.O. Onovo on
his appointment as the Insp. General of police. The Synod prays and urges him to
effectively address the general insecurity in the country.
The Synod expresses concern over the prevailing state of insecurity to life and
property occasioned by the spate of robberies, assassinations, hostage takings and
kidnappings in the country. It further condemns religious riots in the Northern
states. The Synod urges the Federal Government to quickly address the root cause
of these insecurities to forestall further breakdown of law and order and assure
security of lives and property of all Nigerians..
6.3 Carnage on our roads
The Synod continues to lament the deplorable state of Nigerian roads especially in
the South East geo-political zone with the attendant loss of lives and property. The
Synod calls on the Government at all levels properly address the dilapidation of
these roads to reduce the mishaps on our roads and give the people a sense of
belonging.


6.4 The Power Sector:
The Synod regrets that despite the over 10 billion U.S. dollars spent by the Federal
Government in the past ten years in the power sector to ensure uninterrupted power
supply, not much has been achieved, resulting in the closure of over 850
companies, loss of over 600,000 jobs, etc.          The Synod in session calls on
Government to embark on a massive programme to put to an end the epileptic
power supply and other problems in this sector.

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6.5 Change of Baton at UNN
The Synod commends the immediate past Vice-chancellor of the University of
Nigeria, Ven. Prof. Chinedu Nebo for a successful tenure that refocused the
University and congratulates the successor, Prof. Bartho Okolo and wishes him
well.
7.0 ENUGU STATE
The Synod commends the present administration in Enugu State led by Bar. Sullivan Chime for
its efforts towards equitable distribution of democracy dividends. The Synod appreciates the
rehabilitation work at Adani Rice Farm and urges the Governor to extend same to Iwolo and Ette
farms paying special attention to the access roads. This body commends the hand over process
of schools and prays him to urgently complete the process of handing over ALL former mission
schools to their respective churches.
8.0     ENDOWMENT FUND
The Synod approves that every living member contributes to this fund.
Endowment fund Account No.4012030003094 (First Bank)
Account Name: Anglican Diocese of Nsukka
9.0 APPRECIATION:
The Synod in session appreciates and commends the Diocesan, the Rt. Rev. A. E.
Agbo (JP) for his dynamic and spirit filled leadership of the Diocese, and for the
landmark achievements so far made. May the Lord continue to bless his family
and ministry, our Diocese, the state, the nation and the world at large.
Long Live the Diocese of Nsukka (Anglican Communion)
Long Live the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
Long Live Enugu State
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria




Rt. Rev. Aloysius E. Agbo (JP)                   Rev. T.O. Ugwuishiwu
Bishop & President of Synod                     Clerical Synod Secretary



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                      For and on behalf of the Synod


Date:   October 28, 2009.




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      CHURCH OF NIGERIA, (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
                            PROVINCE OF ENUGU
                            DIOCESE OF NSUKKA

      RESOLUTIONS OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE SIXTH SYNOD
        OF THE DIOCESE OF NSUKKA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
          HOLDING AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, IBAGWA-AKA
      FROM SATURDAY, 24TH TO WEDNESDAY, 28TH OCTOBER, 2009.

2.0    PREAMBLE

       At the First Session of the Sixth Synod of the Diocese of Nsukka holding at
       St Andrew‟s Church, Ibagwa-Aka, Igboeze South Local Government Area
       under the guidance of the Holy spirit and presided over by the Lord Bishop
       of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Aloysius Eze Agbo, JP, from Saturday, 24 October
       to Wednesday, 28 October, 2009, with the theme “Making Disciples of all
       Nations”, (Matt. 28:19-20) the Synod resolves as follows:
       2.1   They Synod reaffirms, with implicit faith, that since our God is the
             only true God to whom belong all authority, power, dominion and
             salvation, and who has enjoined all believers to go and make disciples
             of all nations, it behoves us all to now carry the message of our
             knowledge of God to those who are still ignorant of the divine truth of
             the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
       2.2   The Synod in session thanks the Almighty God for guiding, protecting
             and preserving the Diocese of Nsukka, Anglican Communion, to this
             month of the year 2009 and for granting us a very successful 2009
             Synod.
       2.3   The Synod notes with joy and appreciation the warm reception,
             hospitality and generosity accorded the Synod President and delegates
             by the Ibagwa-Aka Anglican Community and His Royal Highness of
             Ibagwa-Aka, Sir Dr Hyacinth Eze, Agu I of Ibagwa-Aka and Sir

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      Igwebueze Ugwoke of Obukpa. It notes with profound appreciation
      the excellent efforts of the Diocesan Synod Planning Committee led
      by Ven. Dr Ab. C. Okorie, JP, the entire Ibagwa Archdeaconry led by
      the the Archdeacon and wife, Ven. and Mrs G.U. Nnamani, and Sir
      J.C. Onuh, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee.
2.4   The Synod congratulates the people of Eha-Amufu Missionary
      Diocese and its pioneer Bishop, the Rt. Rev. & Mrs Daniel N. Olinya
      and commends them into the mighty hands of God for successful
      missionary exploits.
2.5   The Synod rejoices with His Grace, the Most Rev. Dr A mos A. Madu
      and his beloved wife for their new position as the Archbishop of the
      newly created Enugu Province, assuring them of its unflinching
      support and prays for their success.
2.6   The Synod very specially congratules the Primate-elect of the Church
      of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Dr Nicholas Oko who
      will, as from 25th March, 2010, take over the mantle of the leadership
      of the Church under God. The Synod prays God to fill him afresh
      with His Holy Spirit and prepare him for the great task ahead.
2.7   Guest Speakers
      The Synod welcomes with joy and appreciation the esteemed presence
      of the Guest Preacher, Rt. Rev. Isaac Enenibyo Orama, JP, the
      Bishop, Diocese of Uyo, a man of unfeigned faith and indomitable
      zeal for the work of the Lord and the Guest Bible Study Leader, the
      Most Rev. Emmanuel Egbunu, JP, the bishop of Lokoja and the
      Archbishop of Lokoja ecclesiastical province for finding time to be
      with us throughout the Synod in spite of their crowded engagements.
2.8   The Synod welcomes with thankfulness to God the esteemed presence
      of the following Church leaders/Diocesans or their Representatives:

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               h)   The Most Rev. Dr Amos A. Madu, Archbishop, Enugu
                    Ecclesiastical province;
               i)   Rt. Rev. Dr J.C. Ilonuba, JP, Bishop Emertus, Diocese of
                    Nsukka;
               j)   Rt. Rev. C. Aneke, Bishop of Udi Diocese;
               k)   Representatives of the Bishops of Eche, Ihiala, Enugu, Enugu-
                    North, Nike, Ikwo, Mgbo, Afikpo and Niger-West Dioceses.
2.0   THE SYNOD THEME: “Making Disciples of All Nations (Matt:28:19-20)
      The Synod notes that it is the responsibility of the Church:
      v.     To preach the gospel.
      vi.    To baptize converts.
      vii.   To make disciples; and
      viii. To teach believers
      The „being‟ of disciples should precede the „doing‟ of the disciple. The
Synod notes with dismay the superficiality that has characterized Christian
activities in our age pointing to the fact that Christianity of our time is thousands of
miles long but an inch deep. This proves the dire need of making every convert a
disciple.
In order to enhance the teaching ministry of the Church, the Synod welcomes the
Discipleship manuals that have been introduced in the Diocese for Baptism,
Confirmation and Marriage Counselling and all groups/prara-organizations within
the Diocese are mandated to produce their manuals which should be Christ-
centred. The manuals should be used in reviving the Friday Bible Study Class.
The Synod also resolves that all discipleship programmes should take special
cognizance of the widows, orphans and the less privileged in the society.
3.0   ORDINATIONS
      The Synod welcomes with joy and gratitude to God the Advent Ordination
of 11 (eleven) people as deacons at St Mary‟s Church, Opi-Uno on Sunday, 7th

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December, 2008 and the ordination of five people as deacons and eight priests at St
Paul‟s Cathedral, Nsukka on Sunday, 5th July, 2009 during Trinity Ordination. The
Synod wishes them well in their respective areas of service.
4.0        GIANT STRIDES IN THE DIOCESE
           The Synod notes with joy and thankfulness to God the following giant
strides in the Diocese:
      g)    Foundation Stone-Laying of the Cathdral; St. Luke‟s Church, Amufie
            Vicarage; and the Church building of St. Andrew‟s Church Orba Road,
            Nsukka.
      h)    Dedication of four parsonages – St Andrew‟s Church, Igbelle/Uroshi; St
            Bartholomew‟s Church, Obimo; St Phillip‟s Church, Umuida, Enugu
            Ezike; and St Luke‟s Parsonage, Ilike-Uno.
      i)    Dedication of two Churches – St Andrew‟s Church, Orba Road, Nsukka;
            and Christ Church, Eziani;
      j)    Inauguration of eleven parsishes.
      k)    Naming and Official opening of Church of Transfiguration, Enugu Road
            and Anglican Church of the Pentecost, Army Barracks, Nsukka;
      l)    Christian Fathers‟ Fellowship Conference which lasted for three days at St
            Bartholomew‟s Church, Amachalla, Enugu Ezike with the theme: “Called
            According To His Purpose” (Rom. 8:28b).
g)         Women Ministry:
           The Synod appreciates and congratulates Mama Nsukka, Mrs. Ifeoma A.
Agbo, JP, for her first Diocesan Women‟s Conference which was a huge success.
The Synod thanks the women of the Diocese for (i) undertaking to nurture three
baby churches; (ii) redeeming their pledge of one million Naira made during the
foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Cathedral; and (iii) their water-packaging
factory project.


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h.    Admissions and Confirmations
      The Synod notes with joy the phenomenal growth in the Diocese in respect
of admissions and confirmations within the period under review:
      136 candidates were admitted into Girls‟ Guild;
      189 candidates were admitted into Women‟s Guild;
        57 candidates were admitted into Mothers‟ Union;
       73 candidates were admitted into Christian Fathers‟ Fellowship and
      1,516 candidates were confirmed.
i.)   Diocesan Projects
      The Synod notes with joy that most of the diocesan development and
agricultural projects have commenced in full swing and are doing well. These
include the Nursery/Primary School, Cathedral building, printing Press, piggery,
Pineapple Orchard, the Hospital and the new Secretariat. The Synod appreciates
all those who have been labouring selflessly in these places and prays God to
richly bless them.
j.    Diocesan Website and magazine
      The Synod acknowledges with enthusiasm and joy the hosting of a Diocesan
website (www.nsukkangleicandiocese.org) and the inauguration of Diocesan
Magazine, “The Preacher” for information, education and inspiration.
k.    Appointments:
      The Synod congratulates the Diocesan and rejoices with the following
recipients of appointments in the Diocese:
      Barrister Onyinyechi Emmanuel Ugwuolor             -       Registrar
      Sir Barrister Chiuke J. Ngwu                       -       Deputy Registrar
      Barriter Nnaemke Ogbonna                           -       Legal Secretary
The Synod prays God to enable them to acquit themselves most creditably to His
praise and glory and to the joy of themselves and the Diocese.


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l.    Mission Training
      The Synod congratulates the Diocesan on the vision to establish a Mission
Leadership Institute in Nsukka for the purpose of raising missionaries/leaders who
will positively impact the nation. To this end, the Synod commends the Bishop for
sending Rev. Canon Chinedu Onah to Bethany International University, Singapore
and Ven. Ephraim Asogwa and Pastor Christian Orji who are currently in Ibadan
for 3 months training at Nigerian Inter-Cultural College of Mission. The Synod
prays for the realization of the vision.
m.    Ministers’ Welfare
      The Synod receives with unalloyed support the proposal for Ministers‟
Welfare programme in keeping with the biblical injunction of caring for the
ministers of God. The Synod calls on all faithful to support to support the laudable
scheme generally at all times in order to enable it to achieve the desired lofty ideals
of encouraging our ministers and families in their work and for the edification of
the Church of God.
n.    Ban on Bazaar Sales
      The Synod welcomes the directive banning bazaar sales in all churches in
the Diocese of Nsukka. The Synod enjoins all believers to always honour God with
their substance and embrace cash harvest.
o.    Evangelistic Campaign
      The Synod agrees with directive that all our evangelistic campaigns must be
for the sole purpose of winning coverts who will be made disciplines. The Synod
describes the prevalent trend whereby churches or ministers invite “marketing
evangelists” who make merchandise of the gospel by their “prophesies” and
religiously dupe unsuspecting people. The Synod therefore bans sowing of seed of
faith, pledging to support the programme, paying to receive miracles, marketing of
religious articles or special fund-raising etc. during crusades in the Diocese.
However, traditional offerings are allowed.

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p.       Angelical Traditional Rulers’ Council
         The Synod commends, with joy and acclamation, the Diocesan‟s proposal
for the establishment of an Anglican Traditional rulers, among others political
office holders, could be brought into the main stream of the church. The Synod
therefore congratulates the Diocesan for specially inviting to this Synod the 15
(fifteen) Anglican Traditional Rulers within the jurisdiction of Nsukka Diocese.
This is novel and commendable.
q.       Knights of Saint Paul.
         The Synod welcomes and congratulates the new executive of the Diocesan
Council of Knight under the leadership of Sir. Prof. Micah Osilike. The Synod
appreciates the immediate past executive of council of Knight under the leadership
of Dir. Dr. A. E. Onwurah for work well done and also appreciates the Knight and
ladies of St. Paul for their gallantry, services and deep commitment to the work of
the Diocese. The Synod is deeply grateful to the Council for quick accepting the
request of the Bishop to build a chapel at Nsukka Prisons for the spiritual welfare
of the prison inmates as requested if the Bishop by the Comptroller of Prisons
Enugu State Command, Mrs. V. U. Oweh, who gave the piece of land for same
within the prisons yard and pledged 1, 000 blocks towards the work. The Synod
notes with joy that the Council of Knight is poised to complete the building by
December 2009.
r.       New Archdeaconries
         The Synod congratulates the Bishop for creating 4 (four) more
archdeaconries in order to further reposition the Diocese for effective evangelism.
These are:
     - Uzo-Uwani Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. Mark‟s Church, Abbi;
       Adani, Umulokpa and Nkpologwu parishes. NB Nkpologwu parish:
       Nkpologwu, Akpugoeze and Uvuru.
     - Alor-Uno Archdeaconry with headquarters at Emmanuel Church, Alor- Uno;
       Alor-Uno, Okpuje parishes.

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 - Edem Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. John‟s Church, Edem-Ani:
   Edem and Ez-ani parishes and
 - Nsukka Central Archdeaconry with headquarters at St. Luke‟s Church,
   Nsukka. (St. Andrew‟s Orba Rd, St. Lukes Parishes and Lejja parish).
       The Synod notes that the former Nsukka South Archdeaconry with
headquarters at St. Thomas Church, Aku will now be known as and called Aku
Archdeaconry. Obukpa parish will now be in Nsukka Archdeaconry while Ede-
Oballa will join Lejja parish.
s.       Our Weaknesses
      3) The Synod condemns lapses in the remittances/payment of assessment and
         other Diocesan quota by the churches.
      4) The Synod in session approves that urgent measures be taken to forestall the
         dangerous incursions of Islam in our Diocese.
5.0      PROVINCE OF ENUGU NEWS
The Synod notes, with joy, the creation of Eha-Amufu Missionary Diocese out of
Nsukka Diocese and Udi Diocese out of Oji River Diocese at the General Synod in
Abuja in September 2008. The Synod also notes the consecration, on 11th January
2009, at the Cathedral Church of All Saints‟ Ughelli, 13 (thirteen) new bishops
including Rt. Daniel Olinya for Eha-Amufu and Rt. Rev. Augustine Aneke for Udi,
thereby 2 (two) Bishops to our province.
The Synod further notes the election of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Amos A. Madu, the
Bishop of Oji River Diocese as the First Archbishop of Enugu Province at Ife in
March 2009. The Province now has 12 (twelve) diocese.
6.0      NIGERIA AT 49
The Synod decries the state of Nigeria at age 49 amidst poor leadership, political
killings and property. The Synod recommends a re-orientation of political office
holders to the true meaning of leadership as opposed to rulership. The anti-


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corruption bodies should be made truly independent so as to positioned to
effectively deal with corruption in high places
6.3   Education
The Synod observes that the nation‟s education industry is in shambles with poor
infrastructure, inadequate manpower and funding resulting in incessant agitations
through strikes for improvement. The Synod calls on government at all levels to
sincerely address the problems in this sector to ensure industrial harmony.
Government should keep to agreements reached with all staff unions in the
education sector.
6.4   Electoral Reforms:
      The Synod decries the continued retention of Professor Maurice Iwu as the
Chairman of INEC amidst the many flaws and controversies around his person and
office which have undermined general confidence in our electoral processes.
Synod therefore wonders how there could be an effective electoral reform under
the circumstance. The Synod therefore calls for his removal in the interest of the
nation and for the full implementation of the Justice Mohammadu Uwais‟ Report.
6.3   Insecurity
      The Synod expresses concern over the prevailing state of insecurity to life
and property occasioned by the spate of robberies, assassinations, hostage takings
and kidnappings in the country. It further condemns religious riots in the Northern
states. The Synod urges the Federal Government to quickly address the root cause
of these insecurities to forestall further breakdown of law and order and assure
security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
6.4   Carnage on Our Roads
      The Synod continues to lament the deplorable state of Nigerian roads
especially in South East geo-political zone with the attendant loss of lives and
property. The Synod calls on the Government at all levels to properly address the


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dilapidation of these roads to reduce the mishaps on our roads and give the people
a sense of belonging.
6.5     The Power Sector
        The Synod regrets that despite the over 10 million U.S. dollars spent by the
Federal Government in the past ten years in the power sector to ensure
uninterrupted power supply, not much has been achieved, resulting in the closure
of over 850 companies, loss of over 600,000 jobs, etc. The Synod in session calls
on Government to embark on a massive programme to put an end the epileptic
power supply and other problems in the sector.
6.6     Change of Baton at UNN
        The Synod commends the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University
of Nigeria, Ven. Prof. Chinedu Nebo for a successful tenure that refocused the
University and congratulates the successor, Prof. Bartho Okolo and wishes him
well.
7.0     ENUGU STATE
        The Synod commends the present administration in Enugu led by Bar.
Sullivan Chime for its efforts towards equitable distribution of democracy
dividends. The Synod appreciates the rehabilitation work at Adani Rice Farm and
urges the Governor to extend same to Iwolo and Ette farms paying special attention
the access roads. The Synod commends the handover process of schools and prays
him to urgently complete the process of handing over ALL former mission schools
to their respective churches.
8.0     ENDOWMENT FUND
        The Synod approves that every living member contributes to this fund as
follows:
 (a) Children 0 – 12 years             N1,000 per annum
 (b) Youth 13 – 25 years               N 1,500 per annum
 (c) Adult 26 years and above          N 2,000 per annum

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9.0   APPRECIATION
      The Synod in session appreciates and commends the Diocesan, the Rt. Rev.
A. E. Agbo (JP) for his dynamic and spirit filled leadership of the Diocese, and the
landmark achievement so far made. May the Lord continue to bless his family and
ministry, our Diocese, the state, the nation and the world at large.
      Long Live the Diocese of Nsukka (Anglican Communion)
      Long Live the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
      Long Live Enugu State
      Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria




Rt. Rev. Aloysius E. Agbo                                   Rev. T. O. Ugwuishiwu
Bishop & President of Synod                                 Clerical Synod Secretary



                           For and on behalf of the Synod



Date: October, 28, 2009




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