The Presiding Bishop of Western-West Africa Episcopal District of the A.M.E Zion Church, Rt.-Rev Dr. Seth O. Lartey, has urged members of the church, especially those in Ghana to see the upcoming election of an indigenous Resident Bishop as an opportunity for unity and progress to enable the church to impact meaningfully on national development in areas of education, health, and quality leadership to drive evangelism.
Two Ghanaians are contesting for the Presiding Bishop position which will take place in July next year, in the United States of America. They are Rev. Dr. Hilliard Dela Dogbe and Rev. Dr. Richard Gadzekpo.
Rt. Rev Dr. Seth O. Lartey said “without leadership, nothing happens as everything rises and falls on leadership. We are praying and asking for God’s prayers so that the person to be elected as the first indigenous resident bishop, will have the right vision to lead the Episcopal District to a level that will continue to impact positively on the entire sub-region”.
He was addressing journalists after opening the116th Session of the East Ghana Conference of the A.M.E Zion Church in Accra.
During the 116th Session of the East Ghana Conference, members will be briefed on the preparation so far, for the election of the first indigenous presiding bishop to run the affairs of the A.M.E. Zion Church in Western-West Africa Episcopal District made up of Ghana, Togo, Cote D’Ívoire and Liberia.
Turning to the strike by public health medical doctors, Rt. Rev Dr. Seth O. Lartey asked them to reflect seriously on their oath to preserve human life. He encouraged medical doctors to return to work while efforts were made to holistically deal with their concerns. He noted that, their action was not only causing suffering to the sick but also it was giving Ghana a negative image to the rest of the world.
“We want to encourage our doctors, please get back to work and continue the negotiations until your needs are met. We realise you have needs and they ought to be met”.
“The government ought to do what it needs to do, but not withstanding, there are poor people who are sick and need help, who should not die due to the doctors action. And we need our doctors to help us out. Your help will be very much needed”.
On the US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, Rt. Rev Dr. Seth O. Lartey, said the rest of the world should not get confused, because the constitution of the United States of America was not the Holy Bible.
He said that, “we are reminded that righteousness elevates, promotes and exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any people. Let us remain on the Lord’s side and we will see God’s blessings, for Ghana and the Western West Africa episcopal area and for Africa as a whole”.