A RIFT in the Methodist Church from over two decades ago will finally be healed at the beginning of this year's Methodist Church in Fiji annual conference.
In the late 1980s, then church president Reverend Josateki Koroi's tenure came to a premature end with a split in leadership between Mr Koroi and Reverend Manasa Lasaro.
And Mr Koroi never had the chance to exercise his role as past president by officiating in the installation of a new president.
But that will change this year with Mr Koroi set to join immediate past president Reverend Ame Tugaue to install new president Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu.
In an interview with Radio Australia's Bruce Hill, church general secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra Banivanua said they wanted to heal the rifts and show there was unity in the church.
As part of the reconciliation process, another former president, Reverend Dr Ilaitia Sevati Tuwere, based in New Zealand, is expected to officiate in the closing service of the conference.
Mr Banivanua said the church was planning to hold a church-wide "washing of the feet" as part of next year's 50th anniversary celebrations. This process will see Mr Waqairatu washing the feet of the superintendent ministers and lay leaders of the church's 55 divisions. These leaders would then go back to their divisions and continue the process until every church has held a washing of the feet, as a sign of humility, servanthood and seeking forgiveness.
And the Methodist Church is also working to mend the perceived rifts between them and the government.
"The government has that idea behind them because they think the church now is the same church as then," Mr Banivanua said.
"We're trying to show them that no, this is a different church.
"We are moving into a different area now and they should trust us and work with us and we work with them.
"We are just trying to help them to trust us more because we are not enemies of Fiji."