Women begin annual Malua conference

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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MALUA SMILES: Some of the wives of Reverends attending the women's meetings being held at Malua this week.

MALUA SMILES: Some of the wives of Reverends attending the women's meetings being held at Malua this week. (Photo: Tim Rasmussen of Tim’s Photography )

It’s that time of the year again when members of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa head to Malua for their annual conference. 

Yesterday, the yearly procession started with the women.  More than a hundred wives of elderly deacons and Ministers and pensioner mothers gathered at the Malua hall yesterday to discuss several issues before the subcommittee conference begins today. 

The gathering is a lead up to the main annual conference of the church held next week. 

One of the issues raised was the idea of Ministers’ wives conducting church services. 

An elderly minister’s wife told the gathering some of them have taken up the work that their husbands were ordained to do.    

However, not everyone agreed. 

Another mother said she has been conducting some of their church service. “I feel for the pensioner mothers that will soon leave their village and still haven’t had the chance to lead the service,” she added. 

LET THE CONFERENCE BEGIN: The womens conference is part of the build up to the main annual conference next week.
LET THE CONFERENCE BEGIN: The womens conference is part of the build up to the main annual conference next week.

Unhappy with the encouragement, another elderly minister's wife took the floor. 

“I’m almost a pensioner and still I haven’t had the chance to lead a service,” she said. 

“I’ve been dying to take the stand but I feel that we must hold on to how we feel for there is a time for everything. 

“We have a saying that women too can do great things to lead but there is a time for it…at the moment we are almost there and it’s important to me that we let them (Ministers) lead as they have been ordained to do so.”

LET THE CONFERENCE BEGIN: The womens conference is part of the build up to the main annual conference next week.

LET THE CONFERENCE BEGIN: The womens conference is part of the build up to the main annual conference next week.

Lastly, another mother said the best thing to do is to ask the elderly committee for direction on what should and should not be done in accordance to what is defined in the procedures.  The women agreed to have the matter referred to the elders meeting on Thursday to explain the process and procedures. 

An official service to start the subcommittee conference will be held today.       

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