The bonding of the Christian churches with the people and the government of the Solomon Islands.
Yesterday, the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s St Barnabas Provincial Cathedral Parish celebrated the country’s 42nd independence anniversary.
The event that was held at St Barnabas Cathedral compound in Honiara and was the first of its kind
The Archbishop, the Most Reverend Leonard Dawea, stated during the occasion that he wished the government and the people of the Solomon Islands a happy anniversary, adding that the Anglican Church of Melanesia remains a loyal stakeholder in national development endeavours.
Religion has a significant impact on Melanesian culture, especially contrasting to the situation in many countries where an ethos of secularism and a separation from religion is seen as normative.
The continuance of church and state relations is important for the good of the Solomon Islands and it pleasing to see that bonding continuing.
It was particularly pleasing to have learned last week that the Catholic Church Archbishop, Chris Cardone, had said his church was willing to look after and raise unwanted children in the Solomon Islands.
A timely and important reminder that all lives matter.