END MODERN DAY SLAVERY

  

THE PCC General Assembly has signed the Global Freedom Network - Joint Declaration of Faith Leaders Against Modern Slavery.

OUR WORK FOR THE LORD, THE PACIFIC AND THE PEOPLE

What we do

BASED in Suva, the capital of Fiji, our programmes support regional churches in the area of Climate Change, Self-Determination, eradication of Gender-based Violence, empowerment of youth and building better relations between faith groups.

The PCC is currently preparing a five-year work plan for the period beginning in November 2018. A pilot project on climate change resilience will be at the center of this plan.

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Leaders call for change

EXECUTIVES of the  three regional institutions have agreed to work in closer collaboration and review of their activities.

Representatives of the Pacific Theological College, South Pacific Association of Theological Schools and Pacific Conference of churches have decided to begin joint programme planning meetings from January 2019. The organisations are expected to hold their executive councils around the same week next year to allow closer consultations on organisational cooperation.

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COP 24 Poland

A FIJIAN advocate for climate change-affected communities will speak on indigenous rights in Alaska in October.

Sailosi Ramatu of Vunidogoloa Village will speak on the difficulties faced by his community when it was forced to relocate. 

His contribution at the First People's Convening on Climate-forced Displacement is expected to support a platform for indigenous people at COP24 which will be held in Poland in December.

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Freedom for West Papua

THE Pacific Conference of Churches continues to champion the cause of the West Papuan people. This involves an act of free choice to be allowed by Indonesia. The PCC has designated December 2 as Freedom Sunday to commemorate the struggle of all Pacific people who yearn for freedom.

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Speaking out

THE Pacific Conference of Churches speaks out regularly on issues of social justice. We support and encourage Pacific churches and church leaders to bring these issues to the attention of our people and legislators so that they can be addressed in a timely fashion. Those issues range from nuclear testing to independence, the environment to poverty and from displacement to gender-based violence.

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Our Funders

THE work of the Pacific Conference of Churches is funded by a number of partner organisations from the region and the world. A small amount is raised from member churches and by the PCC Assets Management Unit. Our vision is to eventually help to fund programmes in the region.

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General Assembly 2018 Outcomes

We stand with Tannah Papua

  

PCC General Assembly Statement of Solidarity with Tannah (West) Papua

WE, the 11th general assemblies of the Pacific Conference of Churches representing 30 Member Churches and 9 National Council of Churches, having gathered at Mangere in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand resolve as follows:

That as we reflect on the theme, “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land,” we also hear the cries of our communities who struggle to sing the Lord’s song as songs of freedom and justice in their own land.

We reaffirm our commitment to the struggle for self-determination of our brothers and sisters in Tannah Papua and express our strong support for their inclusion in the United Nations list for decolonisation.

We call on Pacific churches to set aside Sunday, December 3rd 2018 as a day on which to remember West Papua in liturgy and prayer.

We call on our churches to wear red and black every Wednesday in support of freedom in Tannah Papua.

We call on Indonesia to immediately stop its blatant disregard of the indigenous people of Papua which is clear in its ongoing human rights violations and continued attempts to manipulate the population of Papua through forced migration.

We call for an end to the exploitation of indigenous land in Tannah Papua and demand greater education and employment opportunities for the native population. 

Support for Kanaky

  

PCC General Assembly Statement of Solidarity with Kanaky

WE, the 11th general assemblies of the Pacific Conference of Churches representing 30 Member Churches and 9 National Council of Churches, having gathered at Mangere in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand resolve as follows:

That as we reflect on the theme, “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land,” we also hear the cries of our communities who struggle to sing the Lord’s song as songs of freedom and justice in their own land.

As our sisters and brothers in Kanaky (New Caledonia) approach the second referendum on independence from France, we call the churches in the Pacific to pray for Kanaky’s sovereignty and self-determination, which they deserve. 

WE pray for a peaceful process and call for the an honest, free and fair referendum.

  

Solidarity with Maohi

  

PCC General Assembly Statement of Solidarity with Maohi Nui (French Polynesia)

WE, the 11th general assemblies of the Pacific Conference of Churches representing 30 Member Churches and 9 National Council of Churches, having gathered at Mangere in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand resolve as follows:

That as we reflect on the theme, “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land,” we also hear the cries of our communities who struggle to sing the Lord’s song as songs of freedom and justice in their own land. These cries in the Pacific a not only for the people but for the land and sea of which the Pacific people are a part.

We reaffirm our unceasing support over almost the last half century to our member church, the Maohi Protestant Church on the issue of environmental (and the contamination of the environment and people) , social and economic degradation in the territory of Maohi Nui as a result of French nuclear testing.

We reaffirm the 2011 resolution of the Pacific Church Leaders supporting the re-inscription of the territory of Maohi Nui on the list of non-self governing territories of the United Nations.

We affirm our call to the Special Rapporteur of the U.N. Human Council to undertake a fact-finding mission in the territory of Maohi Nui made at this year’s Fourth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Special Political Decolonization Affairs.

We also reaffirm our full support of the ongoing claim by Maohi Protestant Church to the United Nations Human Rights Council, related to the human rights violations committed on the people of Maohi Nui during the thirty-year period of French nuclear tests on Morurua and Fangataufa atolls in Maohi Nui.s.

Stop plastic bags

  

PCC General Assembly Statement on the protection of our oceans

WE recognise the great damage which is done to our oceans and  the creatures which dwell in them by our irresponsible use of plastics and Styrofoam. And we call on our member churches and all Christians in the Pacific to stop the use of single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam containers in their personal life and in church activities. We also call on our member churches to advocate with their governments to ban single-plastic bags and Styrofoam containers.

No to violence against women, kids

  

PCC General Assembly Statement on violence against women and children

WE condemn all forms of violence against women and children as a sin and call on the Christian community in the Pacific to ensure that the dignity of our women and children is protected at all times. And we call for the development of specific theology in our colleges and churches to address the protection and dignity of women and children according to God’s holy law.

Women in Leadership

  

PCC General Assembly Statement on women in church leadership

WE reaffirm the important role of women in society at all levels, including leadership, and call on churches throughout the region to make specific provisions for our women and children to be part of decision-making processes at all levels. We also call for the equitable representation of women and youth in church leadership.

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No to modern day slavery

  

   

The PCC General Assembly in Auckland has joined the fight against modern day slavery. Here is its resolution

WE resolve to sign the Global Freedom Network - Joint Declaration of Faith Leaders Against Modern Slavery:

“We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative to inspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people of good will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world for all time.

In the eyes of God, each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy, woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity. Modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labour and prostitution, organ trafficking, and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedom and dignity, is a crime against humanity.

We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faith communities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those who are enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. 

Churches stand against abuse

CHURCHES have a duty to speak out against the widespread cases of sexual abuse against women and children in Fiji.

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong described the resurgence of sexual crimes in the past two years as a great sin.

“As Catholics and as Christians we must denounce this evil,” Chong told parishioners at Suva’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on International Women’s Day.

“Every day we read in the newspapers and hear on the radio of rape and the abuse of women and children. We must put an end to this injustice.”

Chong called on all Catholics to join the fight to end gender-based violence.

Tonight the spiritual head of Fiji’s 80,000 Catholics will join a march through the capital to show support for the victims of abuse and make a public stand against violence, rape and other crimes against women.

“Today we thank the Catholic Women’s League for the tremendous contribution its members make in the lives of our families and the church,” Chong said.

“At the same time we stand ready to defend their rights as equal members of society, created in God’s image.

“In all Fiji’s religions and cultures – iTaukei, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Indian, Rabi or Rotuman – there is a strong patriarchal value system in which men are considered superior.

“But the church teaches that men and women are equal and created to complement each other.”

Quoting High Court judge, Justice Salesi Temo, Chong said Fiji’s courts predominantly heard rape cases.

“There are more rape cases than murder, assault or any other crime,” Chong said.

Attacks on children increase

TONGA’S churches have deployed chaplains to disaster areas to help people deal with the after-effects of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Trained in trauma and grief counselling, the chaplains will spend time in the communities most affected by the cyclone before returning to the capital, Nuku’alofa.

The Roman Catholic charity arm, Caritas, has also joined the relief effort to deliver supplies – food, water, and temporary shelter – to those most affected.

But the chaplains at the forefront of rebuilding and strengthening the community through psycho-social support which will restore hope.

The Free Wesleyan Church trained chaplains for the Tongan Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network in 2015 after a major disaster.

Those chaplains formed the vanguard of the church’s post-TC Gita effort.

Much of their time over the last two weeks has been spent talking to victims, explaining nature and allowing people to share their anger, fear or hurt.

The chaplains undergo debriefing exercises to guard against vicarious traumatisation (how the carer can be affected by the work)

Catholics set up discipline process

FIJI'S Roman Catholic Church has set up a Professional Standards Group to deal with complaints of sexual misconduct within the institution.

Headed by a priest and comprising lawyers, doctors, social workers and investigators the group hears complaints and investigates all cases.

Complaints are received against people who work in the church - priests, teachers or workers. These are investigated and recommendations made to the archbishop.


Flagraising supports justice in Kanaky

 

THE Pacific Conference of Churches raised the New Caledonia flag in Suva today in support of a referendum in the French territory in November.

And churches throughout the region have been urged to pray for a peaceful vote on the issue of independence.

General Secretary, Reverend Francois Pihaatae, said November would be an historical month for New Caledonia.

"It is important for the people to have their say in a free vote," Pihaatae said.

“Churches have a role to play in ensuring peaceful political processes and the PCC will send a delegation to Kanaky (New Caledonia) to help our members ahead of the referendum.”

The decision on independence must be decided by a three-stage referendum allowed under the Noumea Accord.

There are basically two factions – one pro-independence and the second in opposition – in Kanaky whose economy relies heavily on mineral extraction and tourism.

The increasing presence of China in the region is likely to add a new dimension to the argument by pro-French voters to remain part of France.

But a majority of the indigenous population wants independence after what they claim is years of abuse at the hands of colonialists against the local people. 

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