August 26, 2013

Methodist Church Ministers, members urged to unite

Publish date/time: 26/08/2013 [08:12]

Church ministers and members of the Methodist Church in Fiji have been reminded to unite and move forward.

Former Church President Reverend Dr Ilaitia Tuwere said they should put away their differences and reconcile.

Reverend Dr Tuwere said members should listen to each other and work for a common goal for the betterment of the church and the nation.

He said members should reduce kava drinking as it brings laziness in the commitment of their duty.

Dr Tuwere was delivering his sermon during the induction service of the Church President Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu at the Centenary Church yesterday.

The induction of the President was conducted by two former Presidents Reverend Josateki Koroi and Reverend Ame Tugaue. 

Rev Waqairatu said Rev Koroi was invited to perform the induction yesterday as part of the church's reconciliation. 

Reverend Koroi was ousted from the Church President's post by Reverend Manasa Lasaro after the 1987 coup. 

Following this, the church supported the 1987 and 2000 coups. 

They also took a hardline approach after the 1987 coup and called for the Sunday ban.   

Reverend Waqairatu added the way forward for the church is to break barriers and build bridges.

Meanwhile the Methodist Church conference starts this morning. 

Story by: Watisoni Butabua

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