A seven-man committee has been set up in the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru to review some traditional practices considered unwholesome and inimical to evangelism and mission development.
The committee is to draw up a code of ethics to guide the faithful with regard to such practices so as to maintain standards and doctrines.
This is one of the far-reaching decisions taken during the last synod of the Diocese.
Inaugurating the committee, the Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt Rev. Emma Maduwike, charged members to be focused and delight in carrying out their assignment. He said that the time has come for the church to take its pride of place in her onerous task of evangelism, in obedience to the command of the matter. He asked members to thoroughly examine all the gray-area and make appropriate recommendations which would be looked into during the next synod.
Some parishioners within the Diocese had loudly complained of certain traditional practices which they considered unwholesome and some and some members ignorantly indulge in them.
They particularly mentioned such practices as “Ima Nbazu”, (the thrusting of digger during burial ceremony) “Ikuwa Npi”, that is, severing of links with the dead,” “Iluru Nne na Nna nwunye”, meaning to give rites to dead parents during marriages, and other practices.
The committee is to report to the Diocessan before the next Synod.
Parishioners who spoke to Christian Voice hailed the decision saying it is timely. They believed that other churches attract followers to themselves because of these practices which some Anglicans indulge in. They thanked the Bishop for listening to his flock and prayed for God’s guidance in his ministry. They informed the committee to also look into those who fix their traditional marriages on Sundays, thereby drawing away other members during divine service.
They asked the committee to inculcate the decisions of the Diocesan Women Organization which recommended ostracization of women who marry their fellow women for whatever reason. They described such as an abomination against God.
The committee has Ven. J.B.C Njoku as chairman, Ven. Josiah Emeribe as secretary. Others are Sir Amos Agwamba, Bro Solomon Onuekwusi, Bro Christian Okoroiwu, Lady Chinyere M. Nwankiti and Rev. Can. Sydney Aku as chaplain.