In a compelling testament to fostering interfaith understanding, the outgoing moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof. Obiri Yeboah Mante, illuminated Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s role as a unifying force for diverse religious communities. The revered leader described Bawumia as a “Muslim-Christian,” acknowledging his exceptional ability to bridge religious divides.
The poignant declaration unfolded during a Sunday church service held on August 20th, setting the tone for the concluding session of the 23rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. The serene Ramseyer congregation in Abetifi Kwahu played host to this significant occasion.
Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante paid homage to Vice President Bawumia’s contributions, highlighting the nation’s gratitude for being graced with such a figure. The moderator’s remarks echoed with the sentiment that Bawumia’s approach to faith resonates beyond the confines of religious labels. Notably, Bawumia has seamlessly embraced the diversity of religious beliefs and practices, actively engaging with Christian worship, despite his Muslim faith.
An engaging anecdote shared by Rev. Prof. Mante added layers to Bawumia’s interfaith perspective. Standing beside Vice President Bawumia at a gathering, he witnessed Bawumia confidently singing all the lines of a hymn, an unexpected display of familiarity with Christian worship. Intrigued, Rev. Prof. Mante inquired about this connection, and Bawumia disclosed his membership in the Methodist Boys’ Brigade during his youth. Rev. Prof. Mante playfully remarked, “I think Vice President Bawumia is a Muslim Christian.”
The culmination of the 23rd General Assembly, which emphasized unity and shared values, drew a distinguished audience. Eminent figures from academia, politics, traditional leadership, and the clergy of the Presbyterian Church converged from across the continent to participate in this significant event.
Notably, Rev. Dr. Abraham Nana Opare Kwakye emerged as the new moderator of the church, underlining the Assembly’s importance in shaping the future of the religious community.
In a world often divided along religious lines, the acknowledgement of Vice President Bawumia as a religious bridge-builder by Rt. Rev. Prof. Mante serves as a compelling reminder of the power of interfaith harmony and understanding.
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