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Church apologises

Serafina Silaitoga
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

THE Methodist Church has apologised to a family in the North for a misunderstanding over funeral arrangements in Saqani last week.

Yesterday, church communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said although he did not have the facts of what transpired between the church minister in Sese, Saqani, and the family, it was only right to apologise.

His comments follow concerns raised by Maraia Diwaqa and relatives who accompanied the late Christian Mission Fellowhip pastor Viliame Vono to the village for the funeral.

"Pastor Vono is from Naboutini and his relatives and family had taken his body to the village to bury him there and have a church service in the Methodist church building," she said.

"But when we got to the village, the Methodist church pastor refused to allow us into the church to have the funeral service of our CMF pastor.

"He told us to sit in the shed outside and conduct the service there and we were told that the church was the property of the Methodist Church and no other religious bodies could use it."

Ms Diwaqa added that an argument broke out between her and the pastor.

"I told him straight that the church was built by our fathers and grandfathers from our royalty money of the yavusa Nautosolo for all the villagers and the different religious groups," she said.

"It was really sad for us and it hurt because no church gave money to build the church but us, the members of the yavusa Nautosolo from our royalty money."

Mr Bhagwan reminded his church pastors that the 12 pillars of the Methodist Church included inter-church relationship.







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