The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Methodists Discuss Domestic Violence, Malaria

United Methodists have been discussing issues affecting the Liberian society including domestic violence, corruption and malaria.

At a three-day seminar held over the weekend at the Thinker's Village, participants discussed the role of the Church and faith-based organizations in resolving most of the societal problems.

The seminar was organized by the Global Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church based in the United States in collaboration with the Human Rights Monitor of the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC).

Rev. Neal Christie told participants that it was important for the faith-based organizations to get involved with advocacy. He urged them to share the knowledge acquired from the seminar.

He said the Church should not be silent on violence and other various forms of evil in society.

Human Rights Monitor's Program Director Jefferson Knight who also served as facilitator said it was imperative that participants send anti-violence messages.

"Knowledge is power and once you have power, you can make a difference," Knight added.

Facilitators at the seminar include: Rev. Neal Christie, Assistant Secretary of the Global Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; Rev. Clayton Childers, Imagine No Malaria (INM), GBCS; Rev. Amee Paparella, Director, Women's Advocacy, GBCS; and Michelle Whittaker, Communications Director, GBCS, among others.

The seminar brought together about 31 participants from the Liberia Annual Conference including District Superintendents.

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