AWAKENING - Synod 2016

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Photo from left to right: Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, OSB
The Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi, OON
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Julian Dobbs of CANA-east

AWAKENING
Our fourth annual Synod this year, AWAKENING, was held in Newark, New Jersey from July 21-23 at the famed Robert Treat hotel and conference center. The weather was hot and clear, with the Manhattan skyline sparkling in the distance. The Friday evening ordination service, for five ordinands, was held at the site of the newly acquired Igbo Anglican Church, a few miles from the conference center.

SPECIAL GUEST PREACHER
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Our special guest preacher was the Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi, OON, Archbishop of Jos Province, Nigeria. His addresses to the synod were filled with sober charges to do the work of Evangelism and Church Planting in North America. His candor and humor created a warm bond between himself and those attending these events. Archbishop Kwashi is a powerful speaker with much to say about the Gospel and the need for faithful Spirit-filled ministry in these trying times.

HOST RECTOR FOR OUR ORDINATION SERVICE
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Our host rector for the ordination service was the Reverend Canon Chukwuma Ubadinobi, who, on the ordination evening, was also appointed Archdeacon by our bishop, his grace, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, OSB. The church erupted with joyous praise for the honor and blessing being bestowed on their beloved rector.

ORDINANDS INTO PRIESTS
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Goodluck Onuekwusi, Timothy Obiagwu, John Kolawole, Obidi Onyekachukwu, and Jonathan Okpukpara were ordained during the service by his grace, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, OSB.

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And, here they are with their beautiful wives, who joyfully placed their priestly stoles on them after they had signed their oath of allegience to the bishop and had been fully ordained to the priesthood.

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IGBO ANGLICAN CHURCH
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The Igbo Anglican Church facilities in Irvington, New Jersey, formerly the home of a Presbyterian congregation, is a significant inner-city campus that retains an architectural old-world charm. With exposed wooden-beam arches to create its cathedral ceiling, stained glass windows to beautify the nave, a refectory and undercroft for fellowship and meals, offices and classroom for ministry and education, this facility maintains a stable platform for ministry in the midst of an intensely urban setting.

The beauty of its artful construction is a delight to see, and its location provides a high potential for successful church growth and effectiveness of service to the whole community. The location of this church's placement creates a vital connection to the city’s neighborhoods and diverse population.

CHURCHES, DELEGATES AND OBSERVERS
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Those attending the synod included churches from the US and Canada. The role call revealed an excellent participation by the churches and leaders of congregations all across the diocese.

OUR BISHOP'S BLESSINGS
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PRESENTERS
Diocesan leaders and presenters included The Rev. Onyedinma Mogbo – Master of Ceremony; Hosting bishop: Rt. Rev. Dr. Felix Orji, OSB; The Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi, OON; The Rt. Rev. Dr. Julian Dobbs of CANA-east; Chancellor: Christopher Milner; Ven. Dr. Myles Calvin, canon to the ordinary; Ven. Dr. Godson Nzeh; Ven. Layne Hansen; Sir Charles Napier; The Rev. Dr. Katherine Martin; Ven. Dr. Ben Nworie; and Canon Scott Seely.

AND A FEW MORE PICTURES OF PARTICIPANTS IN THE SERVICE

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Venerable Dr. Myles Calvin

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Chancellor Christopher Milner

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Reader: Constance Rice - Emmanuel - Seattle

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Canon Scott Seely - Three Streams Church,
San Antonio, TX - Church Planting Leader

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Delegates from Emmanuel - Seattle, far right,
Tyler Marshal and Cory Adam Baker.

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Postulant Tyler Marshall