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Kava on church agenda

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Monday, February 24, 2014

THE Methodist Church hopes to balance church and tradition in terms of the kava ban proposal that was put in place by late church president Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu.

Church communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said they would continue to honour Waqairatu's views, however, the church standing committee is working on ways to balance the ban and culture and tradition.

"One way in which people can honour the late president's memories is to respect his views," Mr Bhagwan said.

"There have been a lot more hits or views on our You Tube page on him explaining his views on kava. And since his passing there has been an increase in people who are trying to understand him better.

"From the church perspective, our standing committee last year endorsed that there is to be no grog on Sundays and it calls for moderation on kava drinking."

Mr Bhagwan said a sub committee was looking into the issue.

"The committee understands that we have to look at things in terms of culture and balance our cultural tradition with our faith but at the same time we recognise that in some villages, for example, the only place for gatherings is the church gathering.

"We have a committee of very capable people trying to work our way through and come up with some recommendations and this will be discussed at the next meeting."

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