MMUK is looking forward to welcoming over 150 supporters from all over the UK to its Patteson Commemorations and AGM Festival Day at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday 18th September.
This year’s events will celebrate the ministry and witness of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson on the 150th anniversary of his martyrdom in the Solomon Islands. The charity’s President the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be preaching at the Eucharist and guest speakers will reflect on Patteson’s legacy. Exeter Cathedral has curated a new Patteson exhibition, charting the Bishop’s early years growing up and becoming a priest in Devon and being called to be a missionary in Melanesia.
Chair of the Melanesian Mission, Bishop Mark Rylands said: “MMUK is humbled and grateful that so many supporters are travelling from as far away as Scotland to be with us, as we give thanks for Patteson and celebrate our companionship with Melanesia today. We are also delighted that Archbishop Justin is joining our festival day in Devon.
“Of course we are sorry that our Brothers and Sisters from Melanesia will not be with us, due to travel restrictions, but they have sent their prayers and greetings, which we will be sharing on the day. The service and talks will also be live streamed by the Cathedral, so our Melanesian friends and UK supporters unable to be with us in person, can still join us online.
“Patteson’s witness and legacy is alive today and our guest speakers will reflect on what we can learn from the first Bishop of Melanesia. We will also have talks on science and faith in addressing the challenges of climate change, and also on peace and reconciliation in the pacific. The day will end at the Cathedral with our Annual General Meeting.
“I would like to thank the Exeter Melanesia Link Group, the Diocese of Exeter and Exeter Cathedral for all their assistance and support in hosting this year’s special MMUK Festival,” said Bishop Mark.
Here is the programme for the day;
10.00am Exeter Cathedral open for viewing of the Patteson 150 exhibition, refreshments available
11.30am Seats taken for the Eucharist in the Cathedral
1.15pm Lunch Break
2.00pm Seats taken for the Festival Afternoon
Patteson’s Life & Legacy – Bishop Willie Pwaisiho – Diocese of Chester & Revd Richard Carter – St Martin in the Fields
Faith & Science in the Care of Creation in Melanesia – Kate Pwaisiho – Diocese of Chester & Marie Schlenker – University of Southampton
MMUK’s Plans for the Year Ahead – Bishop Mark Rylands MMUK, book launch Seeking Peace in the Pacific – Revd Brian Macdonald-Milne
Pre-recorded Closing Address & Blessing from the Archbishop of Melanesia
4.00pm Annual General Meeting – papers for this meeting on www.mmuk.net
There is still time to book a place at their year’s event. Please contact the charity to reserve your place.