An Honor for Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashivili

It is wonderful when a friend is celebrated — a member of the body of Christ. We are all celebrated. Friend and often contributor here is Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili of the Evangelical Baptist Church of the Republic of Georgia.

Archbishop Malkhaz  – the First Clergyman to Receive
the Honorary Citizen’s Title

Archbishop Malkhaz

Archbishop Malkhaz

Every year the Mayor of Tbilisi nominates and grants title “Honorary Citizen of Tbilisi” to distinguished scientists, artists, musicians, statesmen, businessmen  and others. Since 1979 up to present already 169 people were nominated and granted the title of honorary citizens.

This year on October 6 the awarding ceremony of “Honorary Citizens of Tbilisi” was held at Tbilisi History Museum “Karvasla”. Among other recipients of the title was Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia – the first clergyman to have received this title.

Recipients  of the title were symbolically handed the keys of Tbilisi by the Mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava.  After the ceremony the recipients of the title and their spouses were invited to the Mayor’s dinner given in a recently restored historic restaurant on the mount Mtatsminda overlooking the capital city of Georgia.  The dinner was attended by Micheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia.

Among those family members and friends who came to support the Archbishop at the ceremony there were the  Revd Charles Jones of the American Baptist Churches in the USA, and  Ms Hilde Sayers and the Revd Elimar Brandt of the German Baptist Union. The Archbishop was warmly congratulated with the receipt of the title by European Union Ambassador Philip Dimitrov  and Japanese Ambassador  Toshio Kaitani.

“I got the news about the nomination and the award in the Vilnius airport when I was waiting for a driver. Of course I am humbled by the recognition of my work and ministry. I love this city where I spent the best and worst years of my life,” said Archbishop Malkhaz at the ceremony.

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2 Responses to An Honor for Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashivili

  1. Such a wonderful honoring of him – and the photo is beautiful. Thanks for sharing his news –

    • Maren says:

      He is a remarkable man — with great courage. His willingness to be open to other faiths, to a range of sexual orientation, to the ministry of women is unique.

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