CHURCHES in Fiji have proclaimed that the path to democracy must be inclusive and participatory and walked in humility and love.
They affirmed their commitment to work with civil society organisations in the walk towards a truly democratic, peaceful and prosperous Fiji.
The resolution was reached at the end of the World Association for Christian Communication Pacific's Communication Rights for Peace Symposium in Suva on Friday.
WACC Pacific president Reverend Akuila Yabaki said: "The outcomes statement also reaffirmed the commitment of church leaders to speak with one voice in society and also within the church community and to speak for peace as we face the next 12 months leading up to the scheduled September 2014 election together."
The outcomes statement noted true democracy in Fiji included the changing of power structures from patron-client to one in which people participate freely and responsibly in the nation's political affairs.
"True democracy in Fiji exists when the culture of silence has been transformed into a culture of dialogue in which all people are empowered to speak up, voice their concerns and express themselves," the statement said.
"Faith, both in its personal and public expression, can help us move towards democracy."
The participants reaffirmed ongoing collaboration through a joint calendar of peace messages and peace-building initiatives.