Radio Fiji ran this story today: they had better get organised quickly as the timing of meetings needs to be in the next school holidays! Have the Labasa people planted enough kawai to feed the visitors from nearby churches? Koniferedi means Conference of course. The media has often portrayed this as mainly about fund-raising but that is not the main purpose. Surely such meetings are to affirm relationships with God and with the community. Money matters are not the priority.
Church proposes to extend committee
Friday, August 07, 2009
The Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma has put forward its new proposal to government to approve for the extension of its Standing Committee. Church assistant General Secretary Rev. Tevita Nawadra says the understanding with government is for the standing committee to hold the Bose Ko Viti and discuss appointments of pastors, the church’s institutions and other church matters. Rev. Nawadra told FBC News the church has requested for an expanded committee and are awaiting a response from government.
He says they have also sent a request to the Commissioner of Police Commodore Esala Teleni for a permit to hold the meeting and also a permit to hold the church festival in various church divisions and not in the usual manner where the congregations from around the country converge at one venue as normally is the practice.
Rev. Nawadra says the church is awaiting a response to a request put forward to both Government and the Police Commissioner.
Meanwhile in an interview the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said the Methodist Church will hold their conference – but on a smaller scale. In an interview he says the mini-conferences will be held in each division and will not be as spectacular as the Annual Church Conference – as is the usual. “They will have their mini-conferences in their won divisions. It’s not going to be a conference like that was planned. They’ll go to their own divisions like one in Labasa – Savusavu, Bua and Macuata.”