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Churches Unite At Service

Leaders the Methodist and Catholic Church in Fiji yesterday led a church service to celebrate the ecumenical service of three of Fiji’s late church leaders. About a hundred people joined
08 Dec 2014 10:34
Churches Unite At  Service
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong during the rememberance church service for Archbishop Petero Mataca of the Catholic Church Dr Tuikilakila Waqairatu of Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma and Bishop Jabez Bryce of Anglican Church at Centenary Church yesterday. Photo: Rama

Leaders the Methodist and Catholic Church in Fiji yesterday led a church service to celebrate the ecumenical service of three of Fiji’s late church leaders.

About a hundred people joined the Methodist Church General Secretary Reverend Tevita Banivanua, and the Catholic’s Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, at the Centenary Church in Suva.

The service was to commemorate the contributions of the late Archbishop Jabez Bryce of the Anglican Church, the late Archbishop Emeritus Petero Mataca and the late Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu to ecumenism in the country during their years of service to the churches.

The service was facilitated by the Methodist Church in conjunction with the Catholic and Anglican churches in Fiji.

Reverend Banivanua said they had invited the other two denominations because they were their brothers and sisters in Christ and were a part of them.

“This service was designed to pay due respect to the church leaders that have left us. They were great leaders in ecumenism, bringing the church together, they fought for that in their own lives and what we are doing here today is to remember them and also to focus our attention on how we can continue this journey to bringing other Christian denominations together,” Reverend Banivanua said.

“Their contribution is a walk towards unity and we will continue to pursue this line of working towards the unity of the churches.”

Archbishop Chong said the service united the three churches.

“This is basically about the contribution of the late Archbishop Mataca, Reverend Tuikilakila and Archbishop Bryce to the ecumenical movement,” Archbishop Chong said.

“Ecumenical movement is the belief we hold among Christian churches that God calls us to unity. The Catholic, Methodist and Anglican share that common teaching that we need to work towards Christian unity because it is founded in Jesus’ teaching himself so that basically is what we are doing here.”

As part of the service, testimonies and stories about the late church leaders were also shared.

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