9th Annual Interfaith Symposium 2017The 9th Annual Interfaith Symposium was held on 18th October, 2017 at the Osu Ebenezer Church Hall. It commenced at 4:50pm and ended at 7:30pm with Very Reverend Samuel Osabutey, the Accra Diocesan Bishop, offering the opening prayer. The theme for the Symposium was “Religion and Citizenship: Bridging the Gap between Belief and Practice ’’.
Rev. Prof. Philip Laryea (Dean of Accredited Studies, Akrofi-Christaller Institute) chaired the programme and Rev. Dr. Samuel Ayete-Nyampong (Clerk of the General Assembly) was the Special Guest of Honour. The Main Speakers were Hon. Henry Quartey (Deputy Minister for Interior), Rev. Dr. Elias Kwaku Asiama (Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana and a Minister, Presbyterian Church of Ghana) and Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu (Spokesperson of National Chief Imam, Former Regional Manager of Islamic Education Unit and Principal Officiating Imam of Dar-es-Salam Mosque- Accra). The Abibigromma Drama Troupe of National Theatre dramatized the theme for the Symposium and the PRESEC Osu Choir ministered songs.
Attendance was encouraging in spite of the heavy rainfall prior to the start of the program. The number of participants were 207 people of which 116 were females and 91 were males. The participants were leaders and members of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Methodist Church Ghana, Anglican Diocese of Accra, Roman Catholic Church, some Pentecostal Churches, Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana, Ga-Dangme Muslim Council, Other mainline Muslim Groups and Traditional Leaders.
The symposium was covered by seven (7) media houses including GBC Radio, Ghana News Agency (GNA), Daily Graphic Newspaper and GTV Religious Broadcasts. Banners, posters, hand-bills, social media, direct invitation letters to Churches, educational institutions and other target groups, were some of the tools employed to publicise the symposium.
24th January 2018