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Women on the Frontline Training – Mrs Welby and Team in Honiara

Mrs Caroline Welby and her small team from Lambeth Palace in the United Kingdom, England were in Honiara last week.

The purpose of their one-week visit was to conduct training called “Women on the Front Line” for ACoM Bishops’ wives and other women in the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) as well as joining with them in prayer, sharing and to encourage each other.

Mrs Welby was accompanied by Jane Namureye, Keren Lewis and Canon Rev. Sarah Snyder.

The Archbishop of ACOM the Most Reverend George Takeli, his wife and the President and members of the ACOM Provincial Mothers Union met the team at Henderson International Airport before they left for TNK, where the one-week program was held.Mrs Welby 02

Tete Ni Kolivuti or TNK for short, is the Headquarters of the Sisters of the Church and is located on the eastern side of Honiara, around Tenaru School and Foxwood.

“We have been waiting for this day, and here it is,” Rev Sr. Veronica, Sister Provincial of the Community of the Sisters of the Church said at a welcome ceremony held at TNK.

“We are happy to be your host and we are looking forward to providing you the best hospitality we can offer you this week,” she said to the visiting team including the Bishops’ wives.

As part of the programme Mrs. Welby led a retreat for Bishops’ wives for three days. The group was then joined by other women from the church to share reflections and discussions on the topics centred around conflict, violence, counselling, meditation and reconciliation.

Archbishop Takeli also delivered an address during the week, for participants to discuss and reflect on.

News story and pictures from ACoM Communications