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Women Catechists; Diocese of Malaita
Women’s Empowerment in Malaita Diocese November 18, 2020

It is a joy to share with you my story about women’s empowerment in the diocese of Malaita. For the last three years we have focused on the training on the ministry of Catechists in the church of God. The diocese of Malaita agreed on the formation of Catechists Association… Read more

Boy In A Boat
Your Faith And You – Part 2 November 18, 2020

‘Your Faith and You’ is a series of teachings put together by the ACoM Board of Mission through the Evangelism office to help and strengthen church members in our spiritual journey, especially during these times of challenges and uncertainty. Fr Nigel takes us through the second session. Let us begin… Read more

Christian Care Centre
News from the Christian Care Centre November 18, 2020

This year at the Christian Care Centre we have Sister Ruth Hope, as the coordinator, Sisters Daisy, Sister Mary, and Sister Aneath are the new members of staff. There are also three Sisters from the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia, who are also part of the staff. Shortly the… Read more

Guadalcanal
New Bishop of Guadalcanal November 18, 2020

The Diocese of Guadalcanal Electoral Board has elected the Reverend Benedict Loe as the second Bishop for the Diocese of Guadalcanal. He was elected at Tete Ni Kolivuti (TNK), Tenaru area East Guadalcanal on Saturday 14th November 2020. Revd Benedict, 43, succeeds the Rt Revd Nathan Tome who officially retired… Read more

The Feast of St Simon and St Jude 2020
The Feast of St Simon & St Jude 2020 November 2, 2020

As UK Companions to the Melanesian Brotherhood were unable to gather for this year’s St Simon and St Jude services due to COVID-19, UK South West Companions organised an online service and meeting on 28th October. Seventeen Companions from across the UK were joined by Revd Br Nelson, MBH, who… Read more

Synod delegates and guests after the opening Eucharist service
Diocese of Ysabel Synod October 20, 2020

MORE than 150 synod participants, observers and guests gathered at Kia Parish, in the Diocese of Ysabel (DOY) for their 16th Diocesan synod. The tri-annual meeting was officially opened on Sunday 26th and ended on Thursday 30th July. The 16th Diocesan synod brought together representatives of the Church, Government (both… Read more

Melanesian Chapel
Your Faith And You – Part 1 October 20, 2020

‘Your Faith and You’ program is a series of teachings put together by the ACoM Board of Mission through the Evangelism office to help and strengthen church members in our spiritual journey, especially during these times of challenges and uncertainty. Let us begin with a word of prayer. Holy God,… Read more

Melanesian Brotherhood
The Arrival of Anglican Religious Orders in Melanesia October 15, 2020

This year SSF and CSC were due to hold services to celebrate 50 years working in Melanesia. Postponed due to COVID-19, it is hoped to have these events in 2021. In the meantime, MMUK’s Archivist Canon Brian Macdonald-Milne, looks at the history of the religious orders in the region. The… Read more

Mary Sumner Day
Mary Sumner Day October 15, 2020

Mothers’ Union Provincial President, Pamela Abana, looks back at how Mary Sumner Day was commemorated across Melanesia. Mary Sumner Day was celebrated in a number of ways across the Solomon Islands, with some events under tighter COVID restrictions than others. In the capital Honiara because of COVID, gatherings were restricted… Read more

Bishop Tome and Bishop Karibongi
Council of Bishops – Farewell Brother Bishops October 15, 2020

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) the Most Reverend Leonard Dawea together with members of the Council of Bishop held a farewell Dinner for their retiring brother bishops; Bishop Alfred Karibongi and Bishop Nathan Tome and their wives at the at the Archbishop’s residence at Bishopdale, west… Read more

Sam Rylands and Friends
Now The Adventure Begins October 15, 2020

Many enjoyed Sam’s talk at our AGM in September about his time in the Solomon Islands in March of this year. Although this article appeared in our summer 2020 magazine, here it is again with more pictures from Sam’s trip. Sam Rylands Ordination at St Paul’s On Holy Saturday I… Read more

Bishop Nathan Tome Retires
Bishop Nathan Tome’s Last Diocesan Synod October 7, 2020

CHANGE OUR MINDSET AND RENEW OUR FAITH: BISHOP TOME “The way forward for us the leaders and people of Guadalcanal especially in the Diocese of Guadalcanal is to change from negative attitude and accommodate positive attitude and mindset”. The Right Reverend Nathan Tome, Bishop of the Diocese of Guadalcanal uttered… Read more

Bishop Alfred Karibongi Retirement
Right Reverend Alfred Karibongi Retires As Bishop Of Hanuato’o October 7, 2020

The Right Reverend Alfred Karibongi officially retired as the Bishop of the Diocese of Hanuato’o (DOH) at a Liturgical Farewell Service in August at the Saint Peter Diocesan Cathedral, Kirakira. Bishop Karibongi turned 65 on the 9th of June and had served the diocese for 13 years since his consecration… Read more

COVID-19 Awareness Training
Resilience course launched by Anglican Alliance & Episcopal Relief & Development October 7, 2020

We were delighted to hear that five ACoM participants from the Solomon Islands and one from Vanuatu will be attending this new online course designed and facilitated by the Anglican Alliance and Episcopal Relief and Development. Please pray for the participants and their trainers as they journey together over the… Read more

Icon at Chester Cathedral
ICON to Martyred Brothers Unveiled at Chester Cathedral September 29, 2020

The martyrdom of seven Melanesian Brothers in 2003 sent shockwaves through the world church. Attempting to make peace in a violent conflict on the island of Guadalcanal, Brothers Nathaniel Sado, Robin Lindsay, Francis Tofi, Alfred Hill, Ini Paratabatu, Patteson Gatu, and Tony Sirihi were brutally killed. Today, we still remember… Read more

Sea Sunday Poster
The new Chaplain for the Mission to Seafarers introduces us to his work September 29, 2020

Rev Bobby Chuchuni Hi, my name is Rev Bobby Chuchuni. I am currently the Chaplain to seafarers, Honiara International Seaport.  Upon taking up my Mission to Seafarers (MTS) duties in January this year, maintaining pastoral duties was my first priority. My first immediate task in office was providing pastoral care… Read more

CSM General Conference
Community of the Sisters of Melanesia – September 2020 Update September 29, 2020

Dear Associates, Friends and supporters of the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia Greetings from the Sisters, Novices, Chaplain, staff and families. We have a few updates to inform you of with regards to the mission and ministry, life and service here for year 2020. Mission The Community of the… Read more

AGM & Festival 2020 Zoom Gallery
AGM & Festival 2020 September 24, 2020

On Monday 21st September, the Melanesian Mission held its first online AGM and Festival, with over 70 attendees from across the UK, Australia and Melanesia. The event was due to have taken place in London in July with all the Bishops from Melanesia, just before they were to attend the… Read more

Archbishop Leonard Dawea
Archbishop of Melanesia’s AGM & Festival 2020 Address September 24, 2020

The Most Revd Leonard Dawea, Archbishop of Melanesia, gave this address at the Charity’s AGM in September. It is good to talk to you at this Annual General Meeting. It is a shame that we cannot see each other more often, however we applaud this technology, and how it enables… Read more

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Do Justice: Justice is Action August 10, 2020

Minister General for the Society of St Francis, Brother Christopher John, writes about environmental justice. Franciscans are rightly concerned with the needs of the environment in which we live. Francis might have turned into the saint of birdbaths in popular thought, but his approach to creation was much richer than… Read more

Diocese of Ysabel Synod
Diocese of Ysabel Holds its 16th Diocesan Synod August 10, 2020

More than 150 synod participants, observers and guests gathered at Kia Parish, in the Diocese of Ysabel (DOY) for their 16th Diocesan synod. The tri-annual meeting was officially opened on Sunday 26th and ended on Thursday 30th July. The 16th Diocesan synod brought together representatives of the Church, Government (both… Read more

Honiara Central Market
Climate Change – Unforeseen Effects on Diet and Health August 3, 2020

The impacts of climate change can be surprisingly far reaching, affecting families in unexpected and complex ways. Here, Tagolyn Kabekabe, the Anglican Alliance’s Pacific facilitator, talks about some of these impacts in the Solomon Islands, describing a chain of consequences that include a change in the types of diseases affecting… Read more

New Melanesian Sisters
New Chapel Appeal for The Community of the Sisters of Melanesia August 3, 2020

PLEASE HELP THEM RAISE MONEY FOR A MUCH NEEDED NEW CHAPEL The Community of the Sisters of Melanesia (CSM) is an order of women in the Anglican Communion. They train young women for ministry and mission and provide teaching, pastoral and social care plus prison ministry. They also give essential… Read more

Church Observatory
News from the ACoM Environment Observatory July 6, 2020

Communities in Solomon Islands have been identified to be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and associated sea-level rise. Some evidence of these impacts is already visible. For example, the artificial island of Walande, located off the coast of South Malaita, has been submerged by rising sea-levels in… Read more

Honiara School Children
The Side Effects of COVID-19 in The Solomon Islands July 6, 2020

Revd Sr Veronica reports on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 in the region. School children The most affected victims of COVID-19 in the Solomon Islands are the students in Honiara and on Guadalcanal. Their education has been disturbed, because schools are closed down and the government moved them to their… Read more

Bishop of DOVNC, the Rt Rev James Tama, with Vanuatu Disaster Relief Team
ACoM Vanuatu Disaster Team Visits Pentecost July 2, 2020

A six-member team from the ACoM Office in Vanuatu and Diocese of Vanuatu & New Caledonia (DOVNC) are currently in Pentecost following reports received from the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold in April 2020. Team Leader Fr. Benjamin Tosiro said: “During the visit, the team will be running training… Read more

Remembering Sister Helen Barrett July 2, 2020

MMUK friend and film maker Alex Leger, sent his memories of Sister Helen Barrett following the tribute in our Summer 2020 Melanesia News. I was very sad to read that Sister Helen had died but at 98 she had quite a long innings. I last saw her in 2000 in… Read more

MU Members and Freshly Boiled Ferns
Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Families in the Solomon Islands June 18, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic, needless to say, is having a huge impact on the lives of people, families, communities and the nation, as it is globally. At the outset, the State of Emergency placed on the country, as declared by His Excellency the Governor General Sir David Vunagi and the Prime… Read more

Project Trust Volunteers
Half English, Half Solomon May 21, 2020

Before her evacuation from the Solomon Islands, Project Trust volunteer, Ellen wrote this for the Anglican Church of Melanesia My time at St Stephen’s Community College, Pamua, has been better than I ever dreamed of. My friend Cerys and I arrived in Pamua at the end of August 2019 and… Read more

Cosimo Lewis with Melanesian Brothers at Chester Rest House
My Time With The Melanesian Brotherhood May 21, 2020

A little over a year ago, two members of the Melanesian Brotherhood came to my school to give a sermon during our morning chapel service. They talked about some of the history of the Brotherhood, the work it does now, and closed off by encouraging us to spend part of… Read more

Cross, Isabel
Archbishop Leonard Dawea – Easter Address April 16, 2020

SERMON DELIVERED ON EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 12TH, 2020 John 20: 1-18 – “New life begins while it was still dark” Alleluia, the Lord is risen – He is risen indeed, Alleluia. May I warmly welcome you all again to this Easter service. I am indeed delighted to welcome, on your… Read more

Sunrise Boy In Boat
Good Friday Message from Rt Revd James Tama April 14, 2020

To all good people of God (DOVNC) Greetings in the name of our risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I believe that each one of us has been preparing ourselves and our lives during this Lenten season. Particularly as we end this Lenten season and look towards our Easter celebration… Read more

Fanalei Island - Village Life
Village Sharing April 7, 2020

On the 1st of September 2019, I left the UK for Solomon Islands, where I spent six months living and experiencing the simplicity of everyday village life. In my village, different responsibilities belong to women, men, girls and boys. The girls learn their role from older women, and the boys… Read more

Easter Garden and Tomb, TNK
Lenten Reflection – “The Wilderness Of Lent” April 2, 2020

Introduction Having entered another year, we started going through the liturgical seasons of our Christian calendar. We have now entered the season of Lent; the forty days preceding Easter. Lent is observed with fasting, almsgiving, acts of penance and other forms of disciplined spiritual devotion. It naturally inclined us to… Read more

Port Cruz, Honiara, Solomon Islands
Melanesian Brotherhood – April 2020 Update April 2, 2020

At the moment the Solomon Islands have officially recorded no cases of COVID-19. However, this certainly is no guarantee that the virus has not arrived here, as suspected cases have to be sent off to Australia for testing and take 4-5 days to be returned. We are currently awaiting the… Read more

The Right Revd Dr Keith Joseph, Bishop of North Queensland
More Flooding At Selwyn College March 24, 2020

Last month Selwyn College was flooded, and the school had to be evacuated and closed. The Right Revd Dr Keith Joseph, Bishop of North Queensland, looks back on his experience of flooding on Guadalcanal. “I was a lecturer at Bishop Patteson Theological College in February 2009 when the first big… Read more

Solomon Islands, Honiara, Main Street
Statement By The Archbishop Of The Anglican Church Of Melanesia On The Corona Virus March 24, 2020

In recent weeks, the world was gripped by the impact of the corona virus in different countries including our own country, Solomon Islands. Last week, the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic. Governments around the world are taking various measures to prevent the entry and spread of the… Read more

Lambeth 2020 Postponed
The Lambeth Conference Reschedules To Summer 2021 March 24, 2020

With the worldwide rapid spread of COVID-19 and so many events being postponed, it is no surprise that the Lambeth Conference 2020 has been postponed until 2021. Here the Archbishop of Canterbury explains why – In recent weeks, the organising teams for the Lambeth Conference have been prayerfully thinking through… Read more

Rt Reverend Willie Tungale, the new Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu
Tungale Now Made Bishop Of Temotu February 19, 2020

THE Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) has consecrated and installed The Rt Reverend Willie Tungale as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu (DOT) at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Lata last Sunday the 16th of February. The consecration and installation service was officiated by the Archbishop of the… Read more

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Litany of Environmental Lament and Repentance From Melanesia February 19, 2020

Minister General for the Society of St Francis Br Christopher John, was recently asked by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network to ask Franciscans in Melanesia to write a litany of environmental repentance. Br Chris expanded the brief and held a short workshop for all four of the Orders in Melanesia… Read more

Selwyn College Flooding
Selwyn College Flooded & Evacuated February 12, 2020

Last Friday (7th February), torrential rain resulted in the complete evacuation and closure of Selwyn College on Guadalcanal. ACoM reported: “The College has decided to evacuate the students. According to the College Chaplain, Fr. John Roroi, most of boys dormitories are filled with mud and really needs good cleaning up.… Read more

Lambeth Conference & The BIG Hello
Lambeth Conference & The BIG Hello January 30, 2020

In the summer of 2020, over 1,000 Anglican bishops and spouses from across the globe will attend the fifteenth Lambeth Conference in Canterbury. Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference is a once-a-decade meeting of bishops and spouses. People will travel from over 165 countries of the Anglican… Read more

Archbishop and Bishops of Melanesia
Christmas and New Year Letter from the Archbishop of Melanesia and the Anglican Church of Melanesia January 30, 2020

We send to you all greetings and blessings for a joyous Christmas celebrations and a happy and prosperous New Year 2020. (Greetings to you all!) We celebrate Christmas and New Year to mark the closure of year 2019. Looking back into year 2019, we can only marvel with thanksgiving for… Read more

Welcome at Chester Rest House
A chance to see : The Solomon Islands December 10, 2019

A chance to see : The Solomon Islands A chance to meet : Melanesians A chance to learn : The life and faith, challenges and hopes of the people of these islands Two weeks in Guadalcanal and Nggela Islands. Visiting : Four Religious Communities in their households (Melanesian Brothers and… Read more

The City is my Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life - Richard Carter
The City is my Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life December 10, 2019

New Book – The City is my Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life Canterbury Press published October 2019 This book is based on my experiences of being a Melanesian Brother and then returning to the UK to become a priest at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the centre of London. It tells of… Read more

Melanesian Brotherhood Great Conference 2019
Great Conference of the Melanesian Brotherhood – October 2019 December 10, 2019

What a huge joy it was to be in the Solomon Islands again and to spend two weeks at the Headquarters of the Melanesian Brotherhood at Tabalia. I was very privileged to be invited by the Melanesian Brotherhood to lead the Brotherhood Retreat and Workshop for Brothers and Companions for… Read more

Community of the Sisters of Melanesia New Chapel Plans
Community of the Sisters of Melanesia – December 2019 Update December 10, 2019

Dear Associates, Friends and supporters of the Community of the sisters of Melanesia Greetings from the sisters, Novices, Chaplain, staff and children living with the sisters. In this regard, we have some updates to inform you with regards to the mission and ministry, life and service of the Community of… Read more

Sister Veronica and Sister Kristy
Community of the Sisters of the Church – December 2019 Update December 10, 2019

We have had a busy time since the beginning of September when we welcomed back our Sister Kristy who spent six months in the UK. We were invited to the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Melanesia and then had our Provincial Chapter beginning with the welcoming of our new… Read more

Dean of St Barnabas Cathedral receiving Prince Charles before the service
HRH The Prince of Wales – Honiara, Solomon Island Speeches December 10, 2019

In November His Royal Highness Prince Charles made his first visit to the Solomon Islands, delighting crowds with a speech at the Lawson Tama Ground in Pidgin and an address to Parliament, which focused on democracy and protecting the natural environment. Prince Charles Delivered His Speech In Pidgin To A… Read more

Daphne Jordan, His Excellency Sir David Vunagi, Lady Mary Vunagi and Cate Edmonds
General Report of Melanesian Trip September 2019 December 10, 2019

After a long journey it was great to be greeted by Father Rayner in Port Villa. After settling into our hotel, we were visited by Karen Bell the new High Commissioner for Vanuatu. Karen explained her new role as there hasn’t been a HC in Vanuatu for fourteen years. It… Read more

Green Apostle Training
The Anglican Church of Melanesia and Climate Change November 25, 2019

Climate change and the future The Anglican Church of Melanesia [ACoM] considers climate change one of the most significant environmental and social issues facing its community. With more than 100 years in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, ACoM understands that it can play a crucial role in solving future challenges.… Read more

Shoreline Erosion on Fanalei Island
Climate Change in a Melanesian Context November 24, 2019

When I first started my PhD project about climate change impacts in the Solomon Islands, neither myself nor my supervisors expected that I would be telling a story about land disputes, traditional customs and the wantok system. I considered myself a natural scientist, with an academic background in Geosciences and… Read more

Bishop Willie Tungale
Anglican Church of Melanesia Elects New Bishop For The Diocese of Temotu November 22, 2019

The Diocese of Temotu Electoral Board has elected the Reverend Willie Tungale as the sixth bishop for the Diocese of Temotu. Reverend Willie Tungale, 54, succeeds the Most Reverend Leonard Dawea who was enthroned and installed as the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of the Diocese… Read more

Former staff and students of Selwyn College
Solomon Islands Governor General Reception In London November 7, 2019

In October the new Governor General of Solomon Islands, the Right Reverend Sir David Vunagi, was in London to be knighted by the Queen. During the visit, MMUK trustee, the Reverend Catherine Duce, hosted a reception for Sir David and Lady Mary Vunagi at St. Martin in the Fields. It… Read more

Canoes on a beach with island backdrop
Prince Charles to visit Solomon Islands November 5, 2019

His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Prince Charles will undertake an official visit to Solomon Islands from Sunday 24th to Monday 25th November 2019 at the invitation of the Solomon Islands Government. This will be The Prince of Wales’ first visit to this country. Prince Charles upon arrival on Sunday… Read more

MBH Head Brother Jairus Honiseu
New Leaders For The Melanesian Brotherhood November 5, 2019

THE MELANESIAN BROTHERHOOD (MBH) elected Br. Jairus Honiseu as their new Head Brother and Br. Augustine Paikeni as Assistant Head brother last month. Br. Jairus is from Lenga village in Ulawa Island, Makira Ulawa Province. He was admitted into the Brotherhood in 2016 and was posted to Chester Rest House… Read more

Climate Change & Multiple Hazards - Emoatfer Swamp, Efate
Climate Change, Multiple Hazards and the Future of Vanuatu November 5, 2019

The nation of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean is an archipelago of 83 islands, over 100 languages and a highly diverse and endemic flora and fauna. Paradoxically, Vanuatu has been described as being both the most naturally hazardous place on earth whilst also hosting the happiest people on the planet.… Read more

MBH 14th Great Conference
The Melanesian Brotherhood 14th Great Conference October 14, 2019

THE MELANESIAN BROTHERHOOD (MBH) hold their ‘14TH GREAT CONFERENCE’ this week. The two week programme began with a welcome ceremony on Saturday 12th October. This was followed by an opening Eucharist Service on Sunday, which was led by the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Father of the… Read more

2019 AGM & Festival Day
2019 AGM & Festival Day October 14, 2019

On Saturday 21st September, MMUK held its Annual General Meeting and Festival Day at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. The AGM was attended by 32 supporters and members. The Hon Treasurer reported that MMUK’s accounting records for 2018 – 2019 comply with Act & SORP, and that there were no matters… Read more

DoCM ACoM Provincial Youth Convention
Lizzie Campbell – Six Weeks In The Solomons October 14, 2019

For six weeks this summer, I travelled to Solomon Islands to experience the Anglican Church and religious orders on the other side of the world. Having left Europe only once before in my life there was little that could prepare me for this life-changing experience. Before leaving home, I felt… Read more

Celebrating 100 Years of the Mothers' Union is Solomon Islands
100 Years of Mothers’ Union in Melanesia October 14, 2019

The Mothers’ Union in the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) has celebrated its 100th anniversary (1919 – 2019) in Honiara. The programme was attended by around 1,600 members from all nine dioceses of the ACoM in Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. The week-long programme was officially opened at Saint Barnabas Provincial… Read more

Walande Island
Priests Become Scientists on “Disappearing Islands” October 9, 2019

Press Release: 7 October 2019 Priests Become Scientists on “Disappearing Islands” Priests in the Pacific Solomon Islands are being enlisted to help measure the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on the islands where they serve. Rt Rev’d Mark Rylands, who has just returned from the islands and… Read more

Archbishop Leonard Dawea and ACoM Bishops
Sermon for Archbishop’s Enthronement and Installation October 7, 2019

Archbishop Leonard Dawea Exodus 12: 37-42; 1 Cor. 12: 12-30; Matthew 8: 23-27 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Theme: A spiritually United Church. May I extend a very warm welcome to all of you again; those of you are… Read more

Archbishop Leonard Dawea Enthronement Address
Archbishop Leonard Dawea’s Enthronement Address October 7, 2019

St. Barnabas Provincial Cathedral Honiara, Solomon Islands 15th September 2019 O God our help in ages past and our hope for years to come! Address Your Excellency, the Governor General of Solomon Islands, the Rt Rev. David Vunagi and Madam Mary Vunagi, the Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Patteson Oti… Read more

Group of Melanesian Boys
From Coconut to Computer September 10, 2019

The first time I saw a white man I was in my village, Kalona, in Small Malaita, Solomon Islands in the early fifties, when the Missionary Sister based at Fauabu Hospital, came around giving injections and treating the sick. The others were the Parish Priest based at Fiu village near… Read more

Archbishop Elect Leonard Dawea
Enthronement of new Archbishop of Melanesia September 10, 2019

As Bishop Leonard prepares for his enthronement on 15th September, friends from the UK introduce us to the new Archbishop of Melanesia. I first met Leonard Dawea at Tabalia, the Headquarters of the Melanesian Brotherhood, where he had come to train as a novice from Temotu Diocese, and I was… Read more

St Mary Redcliffe
2019 AGM & Festival Afternoon Programme & Speakers September 10, 2019

The agenda and the papers for the charity’s AGM and Festival Day can be found in the Resources section of our website; 2019 AGM & Festival Day Agenda 2019 AGM & Festival Day Poster 20190331 MMUK End of Year Accounts 2018 2019 MMUK Review of the Year 2019 MMUK Festival… Read more

Newly admitted to the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia
Community of the Sisters of Melanesia Report – July 2019 August 28, 2019

Dear associates, friends and supporters of the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia Greetings from the Sisters, Novices, Chaplain, staff and children living with the sisters. Through January to the end of the month of June we have a few updates to inform you of regarding the mission, ministry, life… Read more

Beth Glover
Reflections from the Solomon Islands August 28, 2019

I was asked to return again to the Solomon Islands last year specifically to lead workshops, presentations and programmes on a variety of issues including deepening spirituality, creative prayer, experiencing new liturgies, creative worship, affirming women in leadership roles in their culture and Thy Kingdom Come. I worked mainly with… Read more

Southern Cross
Brian Ayers August 28, 2019

Brian who was a great servant of the Church of Melanesia, died peacefully in Auckland in July. Brian joined the mission in 1950 to take charge of the church’s ship building yard at Taroaniara on the Island of Gela. In those days it was an important mission station, with St.… Read more

Solomon Island Flag
Solomon Islands’ Independence Day July 17, 2019

The 41st Solomon Islands’ Independence Day was remembered on Sunday July 7th, not only in Solomon Islands, but across the UK. At Ottery St Mary Parish Church, in Exeter Diocese, the Ven John Rawlings, Leader of the Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood in the South West, preached this sermon; Trinity… Read more

Jane Brooke
Learning From Each Other July 17, 2019

Visiting four religious communities, four schools and St Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara, talking with clergy, Mothers’ Union and the brothers and sisters occupied nearly all of my time in the Solomon Islands very well! George enjoyed engaging with clergy undertaking their Bachelor of Theology degrees at Tabalia where the Melanesian… Read more

Archbishop Elect Leonard Dawea
Anglican Church of Melanesia elects new Archbishop June 25, 2019

The Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) has a new Archbishop. He is the Rt Revd Leonard Dawea, who is currently the Bishop of the Diocese of Temotu (DOT) in Solomon Islands. Bishop Dawea 47, was elected to the highest Episcopal position within the Anglican Church by the ACoM Provincial Electoral… Read more

Chester Companions
Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood – Report from Chester and the North Section to Companions and Associates Meeting at St Martin-in-the-Fields – 4th May 2019 June 12, 2019

In 2018 our Diocese remembered the 30th Anniversary of our Diocesan Link with the Anglican Church of Melanesia. Head Brother Nelson Bako and his Section Elder Brother at Tabalia, Brother Michael Bosawai visited the UK to meet and inspire Companions and friends and were present at our celebration day at… Read more

Exeter and Tavistock Companions
Report of the Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood (COMB) in the Diocese of Exeter 2018/2019 June 12, 2019

The Melanesian Links group, although not ostensibly a Companions Group but made up of Companions and Associates, has met five times during the year to discuss programmes and visits in which Companions are involved. The visit of Sister Veronica in May was much appreciated by Companions and Associates who met… Read more

Companions and Associates Meeting
Companions and Associates Meeting at St Martin-in-the-Fields – 4th May 2019 June 12, 2019

Fifteen Companions and Associates gathered together in the Austen Williams Room of St Martin in the Fields, London with representation from North, South and East Sections of the UK. Revd Richard Carter gave us all a warm welcome and we made our way to the Dick Sheppard Chapel in Sr… Read more

Vanishing Worlds - Walande Island
Climate Change Threatens Pacific Islands May 23, 2019

The small fragile islands of the Pacific are in the front line when it comes to climate change issues. Over the past year, MMUK has been actively working to promote research from this country which we hope will be of real benefit to the people of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.… Read more

Archbishop Retires
Archbishop Retires April 29, 2019

The sixth Archbishop of the Anglican Church Melanesia and the Bishop of the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DoCM), the Most Reverend George Angus Takeli, was officially farewelled last month in a moving Liturgical service at Saint Barnabas Provincial Cathedral. Towards the end of the service, the Archbishop placed on the… Read more

MBH Australia
Melanesian Brotherhood News April 29, 2019

The Melanesian Brotherhood (MBH) opened a new household in Shepparton Parish, Wangaratta Diocese in Australia in April. Br. Matthias Tovotasi from Guadalcanal and Br. Augustine Paekeni from Isabel, joined two Papua New Guinea Brothers to serve in the household. The extension of the MBH mission to Shepparton Parish came following… Read more

Solomon Islands Flooding
Solomon Islands Flood Update April 29, 2019

ACoM DISASTER COMMITTEE RESPONDS TO AFFECTED COMMUNITIES ACoM Disaster Committee continues to respond to communities and church institutions affected by the bad weather earlier this year in parts of Guadalcanal and Honiara. Relief supplies are mainly of bags of rice which will sustain these communities and institutions while their crops… Read more

ACoM Bishops Rt Revd James Tama and Rt Revd Rickson Maomaoru
Melanesian Bishops Visit The UK March 11, 2019

In February, the Rt Revd James Tama, Bishop of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, and the Rt Revd Rickson Maomaoru, Assistant Bishop of Malaita visited the UK. First they attended the ‘New Bishops’ course in Canterbury with visits to Lambeth Palace and the Anglican Communion Office. The Bishops went on to… Read more

Human Rights Training - The Team
Human Rights Training Continues March 11, 2019

Due to fly out this week, Rachel Crossley, Christine Calderwood and Clem Noble report on the latest stage of Human Rights training in the Solomon Islands. “We are all born free and equal. We have our own thoughts and ideas. We should all be treated the same way” Article 1… Read more

Nupani Atoll
Cyclone Oma March 6, 2019

Cyclone Oma left a trail of damage, leaving many homeless in the Nupani Atoll. Homes were washed away by high storm surges submerging the atoll for ten days – killing taro and banana crops. In other parts of Vattu and Pele regions there was also extensive damage to food crops… Read more

Mothers' Union 5th Objective - The Melanesian Canoe
Mothers’ Union 5th Objective – The Melanesian Canoe February 27, 2019

In order for our Vision to be achieved, we need to remove some of the stumbling blocks different societies have formed since Creation time. This is our last Objective and may well be felt as the hardest for the individual member to participate in, where we Promote conditions in society… Read more

CSM Novice Class
UK Associates of The Community of the Sisters of Melanesia – An Update February 27, 2019

In November 2018, UK Associates met in London to discuss ongoing support of the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia. We had a very productive meeting and presentations from Revd Cathy Scoffield, and Martin Haigh, both of whom had been welcomed at Verana’aso over the summer. CSM have provided a… Read more

Women On The Frontline Training
Women On The Frontline For Reconciliation And Restoration – Retreat And Training Report February 25, 2019

The theme of the retreat & training was “Women on the Frontline for Reconciliation and Restoration”. The aim was to empower women leaders in ACoM, especially Bishops’ and Clergy wives and women lay leaders to be equipped to become peacemakers, and to have courage to make steps to be at… Read more

Flora Hamilton
Flora In The Solomons February 9, 2019

Flora Hamilton of Project Trust spoke to us at the Melanesian Mission UK AGM and Festival Day in 2018 at Cambridge University. If you enjoyed Flora’s tales or missed this year’s event, you can catch-up with her news in her personal blog; Flora In The Solomons. You’ll also find Flora… Read more

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The impact of sea-level rise and climate change on Solomon Islands February 5, 2019

Marie Schlenker from the University of Southampton attended the January 2019 Melanesian Mission UK Trustee Meeting. She shared with the charity news of her PhD Project : The impact of sea-level rise and climate change on Solomon Islands. Find out more about our Climate Justice work and watch our climate related… Read more

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Flooding in the Solomon Islands January 29, 2019

The MMUK office was saddened to learn on reopening in early January, that the Solomon Islands had suffered from heavy rain over Christmas and new year. An estimated 100,000 people across six of Solomon Islands’ eight provinces had been affected by two weeks of torrential rain and strong winds. Secretary… Read more

Melanesian Mission Trustees
New Honorary Treasurer January 29, 2019

Trustees are delighted to announce that Mr Steve Scoffield from Exeter Diocese has been co-opted as a Trustee and Hon Treasurer of the Melanesian Mission, filling the vacancy left by Ven Chris Liley. Steve has been a qualified Chartered Accountant since 1984, and worked in general practice until 1999, when… Read more

Bishop Willie Pwaisiho
Bishop Willie retires from his Parish in Chester Diocese January 29, 2019

On Sunday 20th January 2019 a special service was held at St James, Gawsworth to celebrate Bishop William’s retirement from his parish in Chester Diocese. People came from all over the UK, with 180 people squeezed into church for this very special event. Speeches were made by Fr. Paul, Katie… Read more

Archbishop George Takeli
Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia retires January 29, 2019

In accordance with ACOM’s Constitutional Canons the General Secretary Dr Abraham Hauriasi advises that the current Archbishop George Takeli will be stepping down from office in March this year. On 25th March 2019 Archbishop George Takeli will reach the compulsory retirement age of 60. He will have served as Archbishop… Read more

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Solomon Islands Medal for Canon John Pinder December 18, 2018

To my amazement, it was announced in the 2017 Solomon Islands Independence Day awards that I had been nominated to receive the Solomon Islands medal. I feel it was totally undeserved and I know of several other former missionaries who deserved the award far more than I. By chance it… Read more

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Community of the Sisters of the Church – Christmas Letter December 18, 2018

‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.’ Isaiah 9:6-7. A Merry Christmas to you all from the Community… Read more

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Request for prayers and assistance from the Bishop of Vanuatu November 27, 2018

Following ongoing volcanic activity and falling ash from the volcano on the Vanuatu island of Ambae, the government has ordered a complete evacuation and the permanent closure of all institutions. This has made over 9,000 people homeless and also the loss of a Melanesian Brothers’ Household and the Church flagship… Read more

In This Light Book
In This Light – A collection of messages for Christmas November 8, 2018

In This Light is a collection of messages for Christmas written by the Archbishop and 47 of his friends and colleagues. Including contributions from John Kerry, Afua Hirsch, Jonathan Bryan, Sally Phillips, Bear Grylls, Grace, Anthony Ray Hinton, Jo Malone, Benjamin, Dr Agnes Abuom, Julie Etchingham and more. Journalists, politicians,… Read more

World Mission
The World Shrinks – God Expands November 5, 2018

‘The world shrinks, and perceptions of God expand’ was the main finding from research conducted into what happens when Christians experience positive cross-cultural encounter. From 2014 to 2016 I was engaged on a fascinating piece of research asking questions about Diocesan Companion Links. These are the relationships, some as long… Read more

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Interview with Head Brother Nelson November 5, 2018

By Reverend Richard Carter and Reverend Jacky Wise RC: How many Brothers and Novices are there currently? In Tabalia there are 138 Novices in training and there are 300 Novices and 200 Brothers across the seven dioceses, including Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. Five novices accompanied four brothers in one… Read more

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Chester School Links Go From Strength To Strength November 4, 2018

Over the last two years, the programme of partnerships between schools in the Diocese of Chester and the Province of Melanesia has blossomed. Links between two Church of England primary schools, in Warmingham and Frodsham, and St Francis School, Vaturanga (Guadalcanal) have been in existence for some time. A member… Read more

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Boiled Eggs, Custard Creams and Coconut Juice November 3, 2018

I am the assistant curate of Tavistock, where we are fortunate to have a faithful group of Melanesian Brotherhood Companions. In 2001 the late Fr George Elo and Bishop Leonard Dawea (then both Brothers) came to Tavistock to work and live in the parish under the guidance of the then… Read more

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An Introduction to Project Trust November 3, 2018

Project Trust has since 1967 been the leading gap year provider here in the UK representing 50 years of volunteering and 7800 volunteers overseas. Project Trust has been based on the Isle of Coll in the Scottish Hebrides almost since its inception. Some might argue that our wonderful shell sand… Read more

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A Melanesian Pilgrimage November 3, 2018

As a Companion and Associate, I’ve long wanted to spend time and experience Solomons life with the Brothers and Sisters of Melanesia. This summer I experienced both joyful pilgrimage and a great adventure of faith that continues to enrich my faith and Curacy. My first night in the Solomons was… Read more

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I’m back in Scotland! How did that happen!? October 28, 2018

It’s August, I’m home now and so nice to be back amongst my friends and my family! However, it is an incredibly strange feeling to be thrown back into a totally different environment and way of life and it’s a difficult one to try an explain what it was like.… Read more

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Christian Distinctiveness Training – Return to Melanesia October 28, 2018

Rev. Preb. Cate Edmonds (Exeter Diocese) and Canon Daphne Jordon (Blackburn Diocese) accompanied by technician Graham Jordon, returned to Melanesia in July for three weeks to undertake Christian Distinctiveness Training for ACoM Schools. Daphne first went to Vanuatu in 2013 and 2014 and had visited schools, introduced the concept of a… Read more

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Woodchurch Church of England High School visit the Solomon Islands October 24, 2018

John & Rachel from the UK with Saint Nicholas students (Head Boy & Girl) My name’s Rachel and I work for St Mary’s Church Upton as a Youth Worker. As part of our ministry we provide the Chaplaincy Team at Woodchurch High School, an exciting opportunity and privilege which we… Read more

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“God has gone up with a triumphant shout!” – Ascension Day in Santo October 10, 2018

Having worked as pharmacist and doctor for 10 years in the Solomon Islands and 3 years in Vanuatu, we were thrilled when the chance to return unexpectedly came in April and May this year. During 10 wonderful days in Honiara, we caught up with pharmacy, nursing and medical colleagues, while… Read more

Peace Building Workshop At SITAG
Peace Building Workshop Underway At SITAG September 27, 2018

A WEEK LONG Workshop on Peace Building is currently underway at the Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG) conference room in Honiara. The training workshop was officially opened on Monday morning by the General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) Dr. Abraham Hauriasi. The workshop was organized by… Read more

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Women on the Frontline Training – Mrs Welby and Team in Honiara September 17, 2018

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)… Read more

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Climate Change and the Church September 17, 2018

Our latest film – ‘Climate Change and the Church’ premiered at the charity’s AGM and Festival Day earlier in the month. Outgoing Trustee Ven Chris Liley caught up with Selwyn College PhD student Adam Bobbette on his return to the UK after a month-long research trip to the Solomon Islands.… Read more

The 2018 MMUK Festival and AGM – Selwyn College, Cambridge
The 2018 MMUK Festival and AGM – Selwyn College, Cambridge September 17, 2018

A sense of connectedness was created by meeting at Selwyn College Cambridge, founded by the Selwyn Memorial Committee following the death of George Augustus Selwyn in 1878. A large number of Companions, Trustees and loyal friends met at the invitation of the Selwyn College Chapel, and we were very grateful… Read more

ACoM Reconcilers And Peacemakers
ACoM Reconcilers and Peacemakers – Women on the Frontline September 5, 2018

Caroline Welby and Sarah Snyder (the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation) have been invited by Archbishop George Takeli to bring a small team to Melanesia from Lambeth Palace from the 9th to the 14th of September, to support women from the Anglican Church of Melanesia as reconcilers and peacemakers.… Read more

Bishop Willie
Honorary Bishop urges world leaders to take action on climate change July 10, 2018

The Rt Revd William Alaha Pwaisiho, Honorary Assistant Bishop of Chester, and Rector of Gawsworth and North Rode, has called for greater action to tackle climate change at the 29th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum. Heads of State and Government, ministers, members of parliaments, international organisations and major… Read more

Being a Companion to Melanesia
Being a Companion to Melanesia May 9, 2018

It is twelve years now since I returned from being a priest and brother in Melanesia. In many ways no two lives could seem on the surface more different. For the many years I lived at Tabalia I never had more than a few hours electricity from the generator each… Read more

Reverend James Tama
ACoM Announces New Bishop for DOVNC April 15, 2018

The Anglican Church of Melanesia Diocesan Electoral Board has elected the Reverend James Tama, as the sixth bishop for the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Reverend James Tama succeeds the late Rt. Revd James Ligo who passed away in December 2017. Since 2015 the Reverend Tama has held the… Read more

ACoM Conference
First Conference for Diocesan Secretaries and Senior Managers March 20, 2018

The Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACoM) had its first conference for Diocesan Secretaries and Senior Managers at Tete Ni Kolivuti (TNK), earlier this month. ACoM’s General Secretary, Dr. Abraham Hauriasi opened the conference saying: “The conference is organised purposely to; acknowledge the important and critical roles diocesan secretaries and department… Read more

Next Dean
Next Dean for ACoM’s Provincial Cathedral Announced November 23, 2017

Revered Philip Rongotha, the current Vicar General of the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM) is to become the next Dean to the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s Provincial Cathedral – Saint Barnabas Cathedral in Honiara. Elected by the Cathedral’s Chapter, Reverend Philip succeeds the Very Reverend Davidson Nwaeramo, 55 who is… Read more

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ACoM Sits for its 15th General Synod November 23, 2017

More than 76 synod delegates are engaging in important discussions and deliberations on issues affecting the Mission and Ministry of the Anglican Church in the Province of Melanesia (ACOM) at the 15th General Synod at the Church of the Resurrection in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 23rd to 28th November. A… Read more

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Archbishop’s Visit October 11, 2017

Archbishop George, his wife June, Dr Abraham and Fr Nigel have now all returned to Honiara after their UK visit. The party have expressed their thanks to all who welcomed them into their homes, churches, schools and dioceses. The Archbishop wanted to make this visit to reconnect with the church… Read more

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The 2017 MMUK Festival and AGM October 11, 2017

Over 60 of us gathered on an early autumn Saturday in the Cheshire market town of Nantwich for this year’s AGM and Festival. Hospitality was extended to us by the good folk of St Mary’s, who enabled us to share in worship in the parish church and to conduct our… Read more

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A briefing based on the Vision of the Archbishop of Melanesia October 11, 2017

On Sunday 17 April 2016 more than 4000 people gathered at St Barnabas Cathedral Honiara in the Solomon Islands to witness the enthronement of Archbishop George Takeli as the sixth Archbishop of Anglican Church of Melanesia. It was at this enthronement that he set out his vision for the future… Read more

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VANISHING WORLDS OF A PACIFIC ISLAND NATION: A CALL TO ACTION September 21, 2017

VANISHING WORLDS OF A PACIFIC ISLAND NATION: A CALL TO ACTION Community leaders from the Pacific Commonwealth nation of the Solomon Islands are joining forces with scientists from the University of Southampton to warn of the impending destruction of entire villages at the hands of sea-level rise and extreme events.… Read more

Our Melanesian Guests Arrive Today September 13, 2017

We are delighted to welcome to the UK the Most Revd George Takeli, Archbishop of Melanesia, his wife Mrs June Takeli, the Anglican Church of Melanesia’s (ACoM) General Secretary Dr Abraham Hauriasi and ACoM’s Acting Mission Secretary Revd Nigel Kelaepa. The group will be spending time in London, Chester, Exeter… Read more

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Male Advocacy Training August 7, 2017

Over 30 participants from the six parishes and their satellite churches in the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM) in the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) have attended five days of ‘Male Advocacy Training’ at the Desmond Probets Hall, St. Barnabas Cathedral. The training aims to eliminate violence against women and… Read more

Revd Rickson
New Assistant Bishop for DOM August 7, 2017

The 20th Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Malaita (DOM) has elected the Reverend Rickson George Maomaoru as the new Assistant Bishop elect for the Diocese of Malaita. Reverend Maomaoru, 46, succeeds the Right Reverend Bishop Hou. Reverend Maomaoru is currently the Deputy Principal Operations, at Selwyn College National Secondary… Read more

MMUK AGM & Festival 2017
MMUK AGM & Festival 2017 August 2, 2017

MMUK has announced the programme for its 2017 AGM and Festival Day on Saturday 23rd September at St Mary’s Church, Nantwich   Read more

Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood Pilgrimage to Holy Island Saturday 17 June June 27, 2017

In a English heat wave Companions of the Melanesian Brotherhood from the UK and European Region made their annual pilgrimage to Holy Island. It has a special place in the story of how the Gospel came to England with both St Aiden and St Cuthbert making their home at the… Read more

Decade of Evangelism and Renewal program pre-launched on Pentecost Sunday June 13, 2017

Article supplied by ACoM Diocesan Bishops from the nine dioceses, representatives from the National Government, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, members from Solomon Islands Christian Association (SICA), the Solomon Islands Full Gospel Association (SIFGA) and a huge number of Church members within DoCM came to witness the event. Senior Bishop of ACoM,… Read more

The Melanesian Brotherhood News; March 2017 March 30, 2017

Latest from The Melanesian Brotherhood in the March 2017 Newsletter – including the installation of new head brother, Nelson Bako <The Melanesian Brotherhood News March 2017> Read more

MOTHERS UNION NIUS LETTER 2016 January 11, 2017

INTRODUCTION: Greetings from the office of the Provincial Mothers’ Union President This  year 2016 like any other year has been a year of hard work with not only achievements but challenges as well. Our theme during the 2015 Provincial Council was ‘Faith, Commitment and Mission’. I believe that this theme… Read more

Alphonse Garimae – Happy New Year 2017 January 10, 2017

Dear Companions, MBH Friends and Supporters, Happy New Year 2017, The past years mission of the Melanesian Brotherhood has been successful with your support. I on behalf of the Melanesian Brotherhood would like to sincerely acknowledge your support for last year 2016 and years past. Your support has enable us… Read more

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