International and Regional Bishop’s conference underway in Fiji

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Arch Bishop of Cantgerbury Most Reverend Justin Welby conducting the service, photo by James Mauriasi.
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BY BEN BILUA
In Suva, Fiji

INTERNATIONAL and Regional Arch Bishops are gathered here in Fiji to attend one of the important meetings in the Anglican Church Calendar.

Arch Bishop of the Anglican Church Melanesia Right Reverend George Takeli and delegations from Solomon Islands arrived last week to be part of the meeting.

Official opening of the meeting was held yesterday at the Holy Trinity Church in Suva.

Arch Bishop of Cantgerbury Most Reverend Justin Welby conducting the service, photo by James Mauriasi.

Chief Guest, the Arch Bishop of Canterbury Most Reverend Justin Welby led the induction ceremony.

Bishop Welby said the meeting is very important as it will shape the performance, review intervention and look at the roles of that the Anglican Communion can play to make the world a better place to live.

He told the people that the Church has an important role to play as such close collaboration and partnership in spiritual, physical and economically development is paramount.

Bishop Welby stressed that the threats brought by climate change is increasing and it is important for the Anglican Communion to establish frameworks that would alien with the work of other international governing body to mitigate climate change risks.

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“This meeting will help us shape what action to take in the fight against climate change. Our establishment as a church gives us an opportunity to help the world fight this threat,” he said.

ACOM Solomon Islands USP students after displaying a traditional performance during the gospel procession, Photo by James Mauriasi.

Bishop Welby adds that the meeting will also look at violence and other related matters that pose threat to unity, peace and well-being of mankind.

He again reminds the Anglican community to preach the good news and also advocates for peace, unity and prosperous future for the generation to come.

Bishop Welby continues to say that the meeting will also discuss how the church can help when natural disasters strike.

He said the outcome of the meeting will be presented to the International Anglican Communion meeting that will be held in 2020.

In an interview with Island Sun, General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Melanesia Dr Abraham Hauriasi said ACOM is pleased to be part of the meeting.

He said discussions from the meeting will help the Anglican Church of Melanesia to figure out important and correct programmes against climate change and violence.

Dr Hauriasi said climate change and violence are common issues affecting most Melanesian countries including Solomon Islands and that ACOM’s contribution during the meeting is very important.

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