THE MELANESIAN INSTITUTE STORIES
MI’s former director installed as Head Bishop of ELCPNG
Former Director and Current Head Bishop Jack Urame with family
The institute gathered on March 18 2016 to farewell former director and long-time researcher Bishop Jack Urame to take up his post in Lae, Morobe Province as the newly installed Head Bishop of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELCPNG).
Bishop Jack Urame joined the MI in 2006 as a researcher then was appointed Director in 2011 until 2014. He is leaving MI after ten years of service to serve the 2 million Lutheran followers.
MI’s Director, Fr. Geovanne Bustos thanked Bishop Urame for his tireless contribution into so many researches in PNG especially sorcery and witchcraft related issues.
“MI would like to take this time to thank the ELCPNG for enriching our ecumenical living through the presence of Bishop Urame. We’re very thankful and grateful for all the work that you did in helping to put MI on the map with the quality of the researches that you help with. We at the institute will surely miss you and wish you and your family all God’s blessings. We will keep you in our prayers.”
Bishop Urame expressed his sorrow in leaving the institute as it was home to him for the last ten years but he had to move on to serve God’s people.
He said it is a challenge because ELCPNG is facing so many issues; therefore, he would try to create stability and build up new strategies to move the church forward with his local and global experience.
“I will still contribute to whatever research the MI embarks on in future even though my departure will create a big gap in the research department in terms of Melanesian faces. I will conclude by saying that this is a challenge and is an issue that MI needs to address to keep a balance between Melanesian and expatriate researchers. The only solution would be to increase local capacity.”
Bishop Urame will leave for Morobe Province in the middle of the year.