British Methodists Express Concern for Church in Fiji

September 11, 2009

LONDON (UMNS) - British Methodists have expressed solidarity with Methodists in Fiji following the country's suspension from the Commonwealth September 1.

The Methodist Church in Britain has called on the Fiji government to allow the Methodist Church to exercise its right to freedom of religion and to play its part in developing a just society. Steve Pearce, partnership coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, said: "Things are becoming increasingly difficult for the Methodist Church in Fiji and I think there are real grounds for believing not only that the military government is slowly crippling the church, but [also] that it is doing so intentionally."