The Trinity Theological Seminary on Saturday held its 71st graduation to award students who had successfully completed various programmes such as Master in Theology, Master in Arts and Ministry, Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology and Certificate in Ministry.
The ceremony was held in Accra under the theme, “Theological education, religious plurality and peaceful co-existence in Africa”.
Professor Kwesi Yankah, the Vice-Chancellor of the Central University in his address expressed worry about the direct threats to peace such as frequent clashes of political opponents, occasional discovery of cache of arms and signs of ritual killings which characterised the political season.
He was however happy that, the church and other religious organisations have provided the necessary means of maintaining peace whenever other societal institutions had failed, and called on the religious bodies to support national peace building efforts.
“Where state institutions for law and order have failed, as they usually do, churches and related religious institutions, have often been a trusted reliable resort,” he stressed.
As one of the trusted icons of order, peace and social stability, he encouraged the church not to relent in keeping their good name, adding that they are the only body society could look for refuge.
He added that “there are additional support systems which included verbal advocates for peace and order namely, an assorted range of civil society groups, NGO’s who through peace walks, pamphleteering, processions and street-side persuasion get public attention and messages of peace.”
Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mantey encouraged the graduands to be good ambassadors and prayed for God’s help and direction to impact society, adding that it was part of their calling.
Graduands who excelled in their various programmes were awarded with certificates.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah