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The Archbishop-elect Bishop David Vunagi. Sitting (l-r) Former Moderator of the United Church the Rev Philemon Titi, Bishop of the United Church, Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena, Archbishop of the Catholic Church and Senior Bishop Charles Koete.
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Governor General host function for Church and Government leaders.
 
MELANESIAN MESSENGER 090306-1
March 6, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Governor General of Solomon Islands Sir Nathaniel Waena last night hosted a function to mark the successful election of the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia the Rt Rev. David Vunagi.

Bishop David Vunagi who is currently the Bishop of Temotu Diocese was chosen on Wednesday this week to head the Anglican Church in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

At the occasion, Sir Nathaniel congratulated the Archbishop-elect on his new appointment and wish him Gods guidance and due diligence in assuming his spiritual leadership, responsibility and authority over Gods Church in Melanesia.

He said the occasion was also to allow for the spiritual heads of the other Christian denominations under Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICCA) and Solomon Islands Full Gospel Association (SIFGA) and also the government to meet the new Archbishop-elect.

“We feel, it is crucial, for you all to be here, to meet the new Archbishop-elect, who would in due time, be working in partnership with each of you, as Heads of your denominations.”

The attendance of Government representatives he said “signifies the importance in the partnership between the State and the Church in the Solomon Islands as we prepare our people and nation, towards the spiritual and physical reconciliations being made possible within the programme of government.”

The Arcbishop-elect thanked the Governor General for the opportunity to allow for Church leaders to be together to once again be reminded of the important responsibility they each hold to their respective churches and the country as a whole.

“It is my wish and prayer that the mission of the church to lead and to care for the people of this nation will continue to be the priority of the church.”

In response to the Governor Generals call for all churches to work hand in hand in addressing a lot of social issues attributed to drugs and alcohol in the country the Archbishop-elect said “it is the duty of the church to teach salvation to our people.”

“I believe once we are able to do that, and do it effectively, the mission of the church will grow from strength to strength.”

He said he is looking forward to working closely with all churches and government to face head on the many challenges that lie ahead.

The Archbishop-elect ended by reitering the call “I need your support.”

The two Bishops of the Diocese of Banks and Torres and the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, its clergy and lay representatives also attended the function.