Visiting Samarai: The Protestants and the Catholics

I’ve previously posted images of the Catholic church, which is still functioning and the Anglican church which has fallen into disrepair. Perhaps it’s indicative of the influence of those particular religions in Samarai, whereas over the northern coastline from Milne Bay, the Anglicans held sway at Dogura.

The United Church building at Samarai is still in use.

The United Church building at Samarai is still in use.

Today we see the United Church building at Samarai. We’ve always been amused by this because to this day, the Presbyterian-Methodist combination in Australia is still “Uniting” whereas in PNG it’s been “United” since the 1970s. 

The Catholic church, side view, showing the tempting view of the ocean.

The Catholic church, side view, showing the tempting view of the ocean.

I’m also including a side view of the Catholic church which we’ve visited previously. It’s hard to imagine how people kept their concentration on worship with views out to the water: perhaps it was inspirational or perhaps just a distraction to wonder if the fish were biting.

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