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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 2) – The Bishop of the Diocese of Central Solomon Islands, Right Reverend Charles Koete, has taken a bold step to stop logging activities in his diocese.

Last Sunday Bishop Koete paid a visit to a newly constructed logging campsite near Bola village, on South Gela and raised a wooden cross with a public notice demanding a halt to further work at the site.

[PIR editor’s note: Gela is a small island off the northern coast of Guadalcanal, visible from the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara.]

The Bishop took the action in accordance with the resolution passed by the recent Diocesan Synod held at Nagotano Village, Gela, in July 2005, which declared that "logging is not development but destruction."

Bishop Koete said his diocese further declared that logging be stopped because it causes destruction to God’s creation.

He said the church in the Diocese of Central Solomons condemns logging in all its forms, so the benefits arising out of logging is cursed and could not help in the building up of the kingdom of God in our islands.

Bishop Koete who is also the Paramount Chief of Gela said all people on Gela are Christians, there are no heathens there so they must take heed not to continue with any work.

The action taken by the Diocesan Bishop was welcomed by the Mothers Union of the Church of Melanesia who are currently meeting in Gela.

The Provincial Mothers Union Conference meet once every three years. This week about 60 Mothers Union leaders from all eight dioceses in the Church of Melanesia are gathering for their meeting in Gela.

[PIR editor’s note: The Mothers Union - started Mothers’ Union in 1876 by founder Mary Sumner - is the largest Christian women’s organization in the world with a membership of 3.6 million in 76 countries.]

November 3, 2005

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