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Melanesian Messenger Online distributed by the
Church of the Province of Melanesia
November 10, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Archbishop Sir Ellison Pogo urged the 12th General Synod to give way for an important archival project for the Church of Melanesia to proceed and facilitate proper housing of the Church’s historical materials by early next year.

Speaking at the Synod now underway in Honiara Solomon Islands, he said approval for the construction of a building to house the materials was made more than ten years ago but nothing has since been done.

“The Church cannot go on procrastinating over this project. We have so many valuable documents to be kept properly and stored."

"In emphasizing the importance of this project he quoted one of the Church’s own legends, Tasiu Charles Fox; “A nation without a history is like a tree without roots.”

“I know deep in my heart, that we do not want to end up being a tree without roots and I cannot express strongly enough to this General Synod the importance of this undertaking,” he said.

The Archbishop acknowledged The Rt. Rev Dr. Terry Brown; former Bishop of Malaita who have generously offered his services, without stipend, to start the work to establish the Church archives early next year.

The project is expected to complete in four years.