THE Methodist Church yesterday celebrated a historical event when church members took part in a reconciliation program similar to the washing of the feet mentioned in the Bible.
Members of the 56 Methodist divisions attended the emotional event which was described by many as "the only way forward".
"It is important as a church or as a community of faith, whilst we reflect on the last 50 years of our being an autonomous or self-governing conference as we prepare to look forward to the next journey we are taking, we should take stock and reflect on our journey on our history for the last few years," the church's communication secretary, Reverend James Bhagwan, said.
"Our knowledge is that there have been moments in our church lives that have strained or broken relationships.
"We have damaged the relationship not only between us and God but between us and our fellow brothers and sisters and before the church can engage in any kind of reconciliation with the wider society, it is important that we do this within ourselves.
"It is important that we take care of our own family before we go to our extended family and so that is the significance of today's reconciliation."
The reconciliation process also featured every individual present at Furnival Park receiving holy communion signifying the importance of forgiving and accepting the apologies from people who have wronged you. Mr Bhagwan said the reconciliation process within the church had been an ongoing process which started some years back where the church had been involved in reconciling its members who had differences with each other.
"We have been having reconciliation processes going on, notably in the 56 divisions as the washing of the feet, that was part of the reconciliation process," he said.
"So we have taken it from the leadership level to the grassroots level and back up to the national level."