Fiji Commission To Hold Religion And State Seminar

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Third public forum organized by constitutional commission

By Reginald Chandar

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 31, 2012) – Fiji's Constitution Commission will host a seminar on Religion and State in Suva tomorrow where representatives from many religious institutions will discuss their views on the role of religion with regard to the state.

The seminar which is held in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education of the University of the South Pacific will have panelists from the Christian, Hindu and Muslim faiths.

Religion has been a highly-talked about subject during the public consultations held by the commission around the country in the last three months; some who submitted their views spoke on the importance of religion in their own lives and that of the nation as a whole.

This seminar is the third in a series of public forums being organized by the Commission as part of its on-going consultation and dialogue process, providing the Commission an opportunity to listen to expert views and engage the public on some very important constitutional issues such as this – religion and state.

The key speakers include Rev. Dr. Cliff Bird and Dr. Holger Szesnat of the Pacific Theological College,Abdul Qayyum Khan of the Fiji Muslim League, Vijendra Prakash of the Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Pastor Wame Sausau of Seventh Day Adventist Church, General Secretary Methodist Church in Fiji Rev. Tuikilakila Waqairatu, Elder Taniela Wakolo of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Fr Jim Kolodisi of the Catholic Church.

The seminar will be held at USP’s AusAid lecture theatre at Laucala campus.

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