"General Synod senior editor Ali Symons travelled to the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Mar. 15-28 ." "Accompanied by Dr. Andrea Mann, global relations coordinator for General Synod, Hiltz is treated to a jam-packed tour of ministries close to the church of Melanesia's headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Our host: Archbishop David Vunagi .... we see many ministries with a Canadian Anglican connection. At St. Nicholas School, there are classrooms funded by our church. At Bishop Patteson Theological College, we meet a professor who studied abroad on a Canadian scholarship. We hear many thank-you's". The Anglican Church of Melanesia "is the biggest denomination in the Solomon Islands with some 200,000 members in a country of only 600,000". "Here, churches are considered one of society's three major forces, alongside traditional culture and government. The Rev. Sam Atta [sic i.e. Ata] testifies to this influence. He is chair of the Solomon Islands' Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)". "The TRC is just one way the church of Melanesia does outreach. Its dozens of social programs include visiting the sick and imprisoned; caring for victims of domestic violence; and giving young, unemployed adults practical skills such as carpentry and sewing".