Next Monday there will be a celebration at Davuilevu, near Nausori for the hundred years of the Methodist Theological College. Davuilevu is a place where there has been a long history of education - a secondary school, Baker Hall, theological studies, a Bible school, a Lay Training institute. I lived there one time when teaching at Lelean Memorial School and living at Veitalacagi with Lillian (Nabulivou), Marj Bollen, both from Australia and Vivienne Gash from New Zealand. Peceli spent several years there training. The Davuilevu website is up and running at last: and here's a bit from the Centenial Celebrations and next week's programs which co-incide with the Methodist Conference meetings. Not a whisper of politics in all of this eh! Peceli and I hope to be there too. The website won't allow me to look at pictures for the moment.
five talatala who trained at Davuilevu.
NEXT MONDAY AT DAVUILEVU – 100 YEARS ON
Celebrations will begin at the College at 10am on the 18th of August, usually the first day of the Ministerial Session of the annual “Bose ko Viti” or annual Methodist Church Conference.
At the Celebrations, which is expected to be attended by Methodist Ministers from around Fiji, as wells as descendants of former Principals; the Chief Guest, the President of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, Rev. Laisiasa Ratabacaca will officially open the latest development at the College, its Multipurpose Hall which will house the Community Hall, Women’s Programme, College Canteen and College Bookshop.
The celebration includes the release of a special publication looking at the history of the College, documenting the establishment of the theological training institute at Davuilevu and the century that followed.
An unveiling of the Centennial Monument and cutting of the Centennial Cake will complete the official ceremonies.
From Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd August, the celebration will continue at Furnival Park in Toorak, Suva as part of the Annual Methodist Choir Festival and Solevu event. Between 1pm and 2pm daily, special worship services will be held to commemorate 100 years of training ministers at Davuilevu Theological College.