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Vanuatu, Ambae Volcanic Ash
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

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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

15th General Synod
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

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

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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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