Wednesday, 11 December 2019 | 08:07 WIB

Minister of Religion Responds to Sealing of 3 Churches in Jambi

Minister of Religion, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin.

JAYAPURA, NNC - Minister of Religion, Lukman Hakim Saifudin hopes the meeting between the Jambi City government and religious leaders and pastors can resolve the sealing of three church buildings.

"Hopefully we can reach a common ground between the city government, religious leaders and pastors in the three churches to find the best solution in overcoming this problem," he said while in Jayapura City, Papua, Sunday (9/30/2018).

Lukman, who was attending the 70th Anniversary of the Pentecostal Church in Indonesia (GPdI) in Papua, hoped that the problem would not linger, so that people who want to worship could do so safely and comfortably.

Regarding the religious atmosphere in the land of Papua, Lukman considered that the diversity and tolerance attitudes there are very good.

"Any incident that occurs is a case per case basis, because the whole Papuan community is very tolerant and understand very well the bond as fellow citizens," he said as quoted by Antara.

The Jambi City Government sealed the Indonesian Christian Huria (HKI) church, the Indonesian Methodist Church (GMI), and the Allah Congregation Church (GSJA) in Kenali Barat Village, Alam Barajo Subdistrict, Jambi City, Thursday (9/27), because the churches did not have permits.

Based on the Kesbangpol data collection, the three sealed churches have around 290 families as members.

Sealing the three churches, according to Liphan, was carried out based on the decision of a number of parties to avoid the escalation of conflicts with the communities around the churches.