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‘Value Your Tradition’

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, yesterday reminded members of the Anglican Church in Suva to value their tradition. Dr Sentamu was overwhelmed with the traditional iTaukei ceremonies of
06 Aug 2015 10:54
‘Value Your Tradition’
From left: Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, his wife Margaret Sentamu and Diocese of Polynesia, Archbishop Winston Halapua during the traditional welcoming ceremony at the Anglican Church in Suva yesterday. Photo: Aqela Susu

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, yesterday reminded members of the Anglican Church in Suva to value their tradition.

Dr Sentamu was overwhelmed with the traditional iTaukei ceremonies of welcome he was accorded on his first day of visit to the country.

He said what he witnessed during the welcoming ceremony showed that the Fijian people had not forgotten their tradition.

“You are keeping a tradition and I hope it will continue to be kept alive. It’s been wonderful that we’ve been able to keep what I call ‘Living Tradition’ and all these living tradition adapt; it doesn’t simply stay in the past otherwise it becomes a traditionalism,” Dr Sentamu said.

“Let no one rob you off your tradition, cherish it, love it.

“Keep your memory alive, keep your tradition living, keep adapting in order that it will luckily encompass your future and not just the past,” he said.

He encouraged the chiefs who conducted the welcoming ceremony to incorporate the reality of God as a part of their lives and being servants to others.

Dr Sentamu also spoke on the importance of women as the backbone of the church and our community today.

He said upon his return to England he would pray for peace to continue to prosper in Fiji and that all communities continued to live together in harmony.

“You live in a country that have gone through some of its rather trying, trying days; I have heard about them; I have known about them and security being very, very high at one point and all I can say to you is peace is a fantastic gift which every citizen of every nation ought to be possessive of, particularly the younger ones.

“Whatever we as adults may be doing to ourselves, we must remember all the time that our children, some yet to be born, need to be protected, to be loved, to be cared for because they are our present as well as our future,” he said.

Dr Sentamu is being accompanied by his wife, Margaret Sentamu. As part of their three-day visit in Fiji, Dr Sentamu will be making a courtesy call on the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, today after visiting the Pacific Theological College. He is also expected to be meeting with church leaders at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

Mrs Sentamu will be visiting Young Mothers at Newtown today and addressing the Anglican Association of Women tomorrow.

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