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 Pacific Church Leaders Meeting in Auckland, New Zealand from April 23-27 will look at closer links between the Pacific Conference of Churches, the Pacific Theological College and the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools.
THE Pacific Conference of Churches will take part in the Inter-Session meeting in Bonn, Germany in May. This is a precursor to COP 24 which will be held in Poland in December. The PCC has been at the forefront of the Pacific battle against climate change for 10 years.
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.
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.
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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THE Methodist Church in Fiji has called for more reflection on a culture of love during the Easter season.
"When our planet and society is in crisis, there is a need to love and care for one another and for our land and oceans," said Methodist Church in Fiji President, Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa.
His comment came at the beginning of Holy Week, the traditional start to Easter.
“Beyond the political and international work to address Climate Change, we are called to love and care for all which God has created. While there are many examples of how we have
and continue to fail to do so in Fiji, the message of Easter reminds us that we can seek
forgiveness for our hypocrisy and arrogant attitudes to the environment and start to act and
live in ways that affirm both human and non-human life on earth. Our love for God and
God’s creation calls us to sustainable living, protection of the environment, of which we are
a part; recognizing the dangerous attitudes and practices which degrade the land and ocean
and stopping them.”
"It is a challenge that our love must cross the boundaries we have made for
ourselves: ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, culture, status etc.”
“Experiencing God’s love, we are called to express God’s love in the world. We are not called
to a grasping, power-seeking attitude, but to the self-giving extension of ourselves on behalf
Vakadewavosa said: “We must remember
that love is not merely an emotion, but an action. If our words, our “truths” are not uttered
out of love, then it is just noise, often angry noise. If our actions are not demonstrative of
love (for God, neighbor, creation), then they are meaningless. If our achievement is not a
result of our acting in love, then it is worthless. Without love, we say nothing; we are
nothing; we gain nothing. “
In his message he pointed out that in a society that practices a Culture of Love:
Love is patient: There is a need for us to be more patient in our interactions with others and
in our expectations - from something as simple as the early morning traffic in the Nausori –
Suva corridor, to allowing the natural time for growth and maturity.
“Let our “Fiji Time” be not seen as laziness but as patience.”
Love is kind: Kindness is not weakness. Kindness is not only compassion but calling attention
and addressing destructive patterns. Kindness means to withhold what harms, as well as
give what heals. Love is kind, but often tough.
Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude: God calls us to serve others and be
gracious toward them. There is a graciousness in love which never forgets that courtesy,
tact, and politeness are important.
Love does not insist on its own way: Ours is a society in which self-seeking is not only
tolerated, it is even advocated. A self-absorbed narcissistic person cannot act in love. Love is
not possessive, demanding, stubborn, or dominating. It is always willing to defer to others.
At the end of the day, this is empathy and a willingness to see from the other person’s
perspective in a relationship.
Love is not irritable or resentful: The person who seizes upon something and twists it to
make someone look bad knows nothing of agape (unconditional love), for love is not
Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth: Truth must make our love
discriminating, and love must make our truth compassionate and forgiving. If our actions are
in accord with agape love, we will always welcome truth, never resist it.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things: Love is not naïve, but love is
powerful. Love protects other people. Love is always ready to allow for extenuating
circumstances, to give the other person the benefit of the doubt, to believe the best about
people. Love always trusts. Love hopes and expects the best. Love never loses faith in other
people and gives up on them but remain faithful to them, in spite of their shortcomings..
Love won’t stop loving, even in the face of rejection. Love takes action to shake up an
intolerable situation. Love looks beyond the present to the hope of what might be in the
“This Easter, as we celebrate God’s love for us, and all creation, may we commit to love
those around us the way we believe God loves us (1 John 4:19), whether they believe in God
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.
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)
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.
THE Pacific Conference of Churches has spent the past three years advocating for men as partners against Gender-based Violence.
Under its Women and gender Programme, the PCC has trained men in Fiji and the Solomon Islands to help fight violence and create safe spaces for women.
IF you want the PCC to conduct advocacy programmes for men in your community or church, contact us today on 679-3311277