Not quite the usual Methodist Conference, but at least they are meeting this year, even with the provisos set by the regime - no bazaar, no choir competition, no soli (offering). Only three days allowed, and of course the discussions will be monitored for any suspicious political comment! Well, they've kicked off with the installation yesterday of leaders chosen four years ago but not installed then.. The discussion meetings will take place after the Hibiscus Festival finishes - another proviso.
(added later: I think the title is misleading. It should read 'inducted' not ordained. There is rather an important difference. 'Ordained' is a significant step for a candidate for the minister to be accepted and blessed. 'Inducted' means to be blessed when accepting a position - of leadership in this case.)
from Fiji Times:
from Fiji Village:
|Reverend Tugaue installed as Methodist Church president|
|Publish date/time: 19/08/2012 [17:03]|
More than 500 members of the Methodist Church were present at the Centenary church when Reverend Ame Tugaue was installed as its church President today.
Reverend Tugaue was elected to the position during the annual conference in 2008 and since then the Methodist church annual conference was canceled which led to no installation.
Other senior executives of the church who were installed today include the General Secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu and Deputy General Secretary Reverend Tevita Nawadra.
Also present at the service was Reverend Dr Bishop Warner Brown Junior from California/Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist church.
The three day annual conference of the Methodist church will be held at the Centenary church next week.
Story by: Watisoni Butabua