The Role of the Clergy

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The following is an excerpt from an interview with Mr. Jim Langor.

"The minister of course would often be one of the most highly educated people in the community and he would be called upon for all kinds of tasks and things to do. If somebody wanted to write a letter, for example, to somebody in the government or somebody in an official way, the minister would be asked to do it."

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Mr. Edgar Mudge.

"If a member of the clergy came to the community, then of course there was tremendous respect. I remember one time, I was then probably in my late teens. I was probably about twenty. I was visiting a little tiny community on the Northern Peninsula and the bishop was about to arrive to do a confirmation. This was an Anglican bishop to do a confirmation. There was a great to-do about this. I took part in preparing an arch--a big arch--because he had to come in by boat. There were no roads there. On the wharf that he was going to walk in to we made a big arch made of green boughs with a big sign, "Welcome Our Bishop" on it. The women of the community had a lot of home-hooked mats--those large mats that you would hook. You see the Grenfell Mission selling them for lots of money. From where the bishop walked in, mats would be placed down all the way from there to the church so that the bishop could walk . . . like, remember the story of our Lord coming into the city and they cut down the palm branches and so on . . . he walked to the church on mats so that he couldn't have to walk on those gravel roads."

 

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