Indo-Fi­jian Methodists want name change

Fiji Sun - - Business - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

The Bose Ko Viti has asked the In­dian Divi­sion of the Methodist Church to give fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion to the name they would pro­pose for their church. This was af­ter a mo­tion was moved by the In­dian Divi­sion to change their name be­cause it is a race based name. The church’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion sec­re­tary, Rev­erend James Bhagwan said the church as part of its new Ex­o­dus was go­ing back in his­tory to look at its work. Rev­erend Bhagwan said over the past few years they had gone back to us­ing the name Methodist Church of Fiji which was the of­fi­cial name. “Over the year things has been added, some re­fer to it as Methodist Church in Fiji, Ro­tuma or Methodist Church of Fiji, Kioa and Rabi,” he said. Rev­erend Bhagwan said the chal­lenge was how to be­come an inclusive church. He said the un­der­stand­ing in our cur­rent so­ci­ety that peo­ple know that Fiji en­com­passed ev­ery­body. He said the church was mov­ing to­wards that style of un­der­stand­ing. Rev­erend Bhagwan said over the last decades the In­dian Divi­sion of the Methodist Church had been look­ing at sym­bols that gave its iden­tity. He said 50 per cent of the Divi­sion was non-Indo Fi­jian mem­bers.

“We have a lot of peo­ple who like the dif­fer­ent styles of wor­ship that we have in our ser­vices. We have a num­ber of ser­vices that have con­tem­po­rary ser­vices you could say they are the pilot for con­tem­po­rary wor­ship,” Rev­erend Bhagwan said. He said it had been in dis­cus­sion for the last few years in the In­dian Divi­sion.

“Also recog­nis­ing the wider group that we ex­ists with and the sym­bol of the diya which is the lit­tle bowl that has the ghee and the light has been a sym­bol of the In­dian Divi­sion in many years now, first used by the for­mer pres­i­dent of the Methodist church, Rev­erend Daniel Mustapha,” he said. He said they had been look­ing at what sort of name for the Divi­sion. Edited by Maraia Vula

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