24 January 2017

Liberia: New Trinity Cathedral Dean Opposes Christian State

The newly installed dean of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Rev. Canon Dr. James B. Sellee, says he opposes the efforts of the National Christian Council of Liberia (NCCL) to make Liberia a Christian state.

Speaking over the weekend during his installation program, Rev. Sellee said there is no time in the history of Liberia when religion caused any harm to the people. "If we Christians want to see Liberia become a Christian nation, we should rather redouble our efforts in evangelizing and winning more souls for

Christ than seeking the assistance of the law to get it done," Dean Sellee pointed out.

People of all faiths in the country have worked together for peace and should continue to work together for the betterment of the country rather than seeing each other as warring factions on a battlefield, he admonished.

The prelate, who has served the Episcopal Church for over 30 years both in Liberia and abroad, is now the official administrator of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church, and is expected to work alongside Bishop Jonathan B. B. Hart, the General Overseer of the Episcopal Church in Liberia as well as the

Archbishop of the Episcopal Churches of West Africa.

Dean Sellee took over from Rev. Dr. Herman Beseah Browne, who is now the President of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County.

Dean Sellee was the immediate Rector of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church located on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia. He is the Chairman on the Thesis Committee of the Cuttington Graduate School of Professional Studies as well as the university's Dean of Theology.

He served the Episcopal Church in The Gambia as Youth Coordinator when he took assignment there as a missionary in the late 1990s.

Earlier, Bishop Hart assured Dean Sellee of the Church's support.

Reflecting on John 14:12, Bishop Hart said Dean Sellee is expected to provide productive leadership at the Cathedral. "As Peter and his fellow fishers of men trusted Jesus, you too should be very firm in keeping your confidence in the Lord for guidance."

He admonished Dean Sellee to set good standards by which others will learn to worship the Lord diligently and appropriately and must obey the commandments as enjoined upon mankind and recorded in John 14:15.

Bishop Hart, who is also the head of the Liberia Christian Council (LCC), said the Church must faithfully work hard and win souls for Christ.

A large turnout of Episcopalians, including some of Liberia's top politicians, friends and family of Dean Sellee, graced the installation program.


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