20 Aug 2013

Samoa church objects to membership of LMS church

1:00 pm on 20 August 2013

The Samoa Congregational Christian Church has objected to the new London Missionary Society church, LMS Toe Fuata'ina, becoming a member of the National Council of Churches.

The General Secretary of the Council Reverend Ma'auga Motu says a letter of objection has been received and will be discussed in next month's executive meeting.

He says the objection is based on using LMS because the Congregational Christian Church was formerly known as LMS before it changed its name 50 years ago.

Representatives of the 10 parishes of the LMS Samoan church in Australia, NZ, the United States and Samoa, agreed at their annual meeting in Apia last week they would seek membership of the National Council of Churches.

Reverend Ma'auga says the matter could end up in court but he hopes discussions over the matter in September will resolve it.