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Methodists To Develop Inter-Faith Policy

Te Methodist Church in Fiji plans to develop a policy for engaging with communities of other faiths. The church’s general secretary, Reverend Tevita Banivanua said they were a community of
02 Oct 2014 07:36
Methodists To Develop Inter-Faith Policy
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Te Methodist Church in Fiji plans to develop a policy for engaging with communities of other faiths.

The church’s general secretary, Reverend Tevita Banivanua said they were a community of faith with the right to hold firm to their doctrines and theological perspectives. He adds they are able to share their faith and learn from other faiths on their traditions that uphold the common good.

“However we have not yet developed a policy on multi-faith worship in our context. Until we do so, we are being cautious so as not to compromise our doctrinal beliefs and tradition for the sake of political expediency or political correctness,” Rev Banivanua said.

He said over the past year the church had been working hard to restore relationships within its community and among other Christian communities.

“We have, as a community of faith and as the wider Christian community, begun to see the fruit of our collective efforts,” Rev Banivanua said.

He said the church’s standing committee of had resolved that research on interfaith issues be undertaken for discussion in the 2015 conference.

“One of the key strategic areas in the church’s soon to be launched connexional plan is ‘Healing of the Nation through Strengthening Intra-Church, Inter-Church and Inter-Religious Relationships’,” Rev Banivanua said.

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