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General News Sun, 19 Feb 2012

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Clergyman caution Ghanaians against divisiveness

A clergyman has cautioned Ghanaians not to allow ethnicity, partisan politics and religion to divide the nation, reminding them that they are one people with a common destiny.

The Most Revered Professor Emmanuel Asante, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, appealed to the people to live in peace and harmony despite the political, religious and ethnic differences.

He gave the advice at a thanksgiving service in Tema during which a mason and chapel, constructed by the Calvary Methodist Church at Community Three, at the cost of Ghc460million, were dedicated to the glory of God.

The Most Rev.. Prof. Asante reminded Ghanaians that “our political leaders would come and go, but for Ghana to remain a united country, we should not allow politics to divide us.”

He stressed that Ghanaians should live in peace and harmony and regard themselves as one people belonging to the family of God.

The clergyman said: “Our oneness in Christ challenges us to love one another.”

The Most Rev. Prof Asante commended members of the Calvary Methodist Church for putting up the two edifices, and asked them to ensure regular maintenance of the buildings to prolong their lifespan.

Very Rev. Lt Col Alphonse Etsibah, appointed first Minister of the Calvary Methodist Church in 2002, and Rev John Ebenezer Douglas Bruce-Tagoe the fifth and current Minister of the Church were at the event.

Other dignitaries at the function were the Right Rev. Dr. Kwaku Asamoah-Okyere, Administrative Bishop, Right Rev Winfred Habel Yao Ametefe, Tema Diocesan Bishop, Very Rev. Thomas Forson, Snod Secretary and Superintendent Minister of the Tema Diocese, Brother John Pratt, Lay President of the Church and Mrs Irene Naa Torshie-Addo, Member of Parliament for Tema West.

Source: GNA

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