2020 workshop for Church of Nigeria Publications writers ends in Owerri

By Chukwudi Ikpe

The 2020 Church of Nigeria Publications Writers Workshop has ended with loud ovation and great expectations.
The four day event, which kicked off on Monday and ended on Thursday at St. James (Anglican) Church Uzii was hosted by the Diocese of Owerri.
In his address after the Holy Communion service which proceeded the workshop, the chairman of the Liturgy and spirituality committee of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba expressed gratitude to the Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh for his support.
He also thanked the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP, for accepting to host the workshop as well as for the wonderful and memorable hospitality given to them.
Most Rev. Ndukuba, who is the Primate-elect of the Church of Nigeria, noted with dismay that there was gross disobedience among the people as political and religious leaders were eager to protect their positions rather than obey God’s Word.
He, however, expressed satisfaction that the Church of Nigeria publications including the Bible Study outline, Daily Fountain Devotional, Youth Dynamite Devotional, Sunday School Manual and their regional translations have touched the lives of many people.
Archbishop Ndukuba pointed out that this year’s workshop will be his last as chairman after 20 years, due to his new position as the national leader of the Church and disclosed that Primate Okoh has appointed the Rt. Rev. Dr. Micah Babatunji, Bishop of Osun, as the Acting Chairman of the Liturgy and Spirituality Committee.
He thanked Archbishops and Bishop, Consultants, Resource persons, Writing Team teachers and their members as well as all others ‘whom God have used to prosper this work’ and promised to remain part of the team.
The out-going Chairman called on members of the committee to give maximum support to his successor, Bishop Babatunji.
In his welcome address, the Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP expressed joy over the choice of Diocese of Owerri as he host of this year’s workshop.
While welcoming the Primate, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Primate-elect and chairman of the Liturgy and Spirituality Committee, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba and all members of the committee, he commended them for their sacrificial roles and for allowing God to use them and their gifts for Kingdom expansion.
Bishop Oparah wished them  a fruitful stay in Owerri as well as God’s journey mercies as they travel back.
The workshop featured bible study, plenary session and paper presentations by eminent resource persons including Bishop Chidi Oparaojiaku, Bishop Gbenga Babatunji, Bishop Alloysuis Agbo, Bishop Emeka Mogekwu, Bishop Sunday Adewole and a host of others.
The Church of Nigeria Publications Writers is a group under the Liturgy and Spirituality Committee for the Church whose responsibility is to oversee to the work of liturgy and spirituality in the Church of Nigeria.
The workshop holds annually.