OUR Moderator is Reverend Dr Tevita Havea of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. His term ends at the General Assembly in October 2018. Rev Dr Havea heads the Executive Committee which meets once a year to oversee the work of the secretariat.
CHOSEN at the General Assembly in 2013, the Executive Committee comprises representatives of member churches and includes women and youth delegates. The current committee members are: Rev Dr Tevita Havea (Moderator), Reverend Lola Koloamatangi (Deputy Moderator - Anglican Church), Sinah Lawrence (Women's rep, United Church of Christ, Pohnpei), Naatia Kiteon (Youth representative, Kiribati United Church), Simione Valenitabua (Legal rep, Methodist Church, Fiji), Reverend Mreweia Riteti (Kiribati United Church), Rev Tauvehi Nuka (Ekalesia Kerisiano Niue), Rev Samau'uga Motu (Samoa National Council of Churches), Rev Dr Feleterika Nokise (Principal PTC), Rev Rusiate Tuidrakulu (General Secretary, SPATS), Ms Celine Hoiroe (Etaretia Porotetani Maohi), Rev Dr Epimeri Vakadewavosa (Methodist Church in Fiji), Bushop Paul Donoghue (CEPAC), Dr Meleana Puloka (World Councilof Churches representative), Rev Wayne Te Kaawa (Presbyterian Churcn NZ), Rev Roger Mwareow (Nauru), Livai Tuisaravere (Finance Committee chair), Rev Francois Pihaatae (General Secretary)
UNDER the current Constitution the PCC has three ex officio trustees: The Bishop of the Diocese of Polynesia (The Right Reverend Dr Winston Halapua), The Principal of the Pacific Theological College (Reverend Dr Feletarika Nokise) and the General Secretary of CEPAC (Father Hildrato Ranola).
THE Finance Committee is headed by Livai Tuisaravere, a trustee of the Methodist Church in Fiji. Other members are Fr Hildrato Ranola of CEPAC and representatives of Suva-based members of the PCC. This committee meets once a quarter and reports to the Executive through its chairperson.
MANDATED by the 2013 General Assembly in Honiara, a desk review of the PCC Constitution was completed in 2017. The review was presented to and reviewed by the Executive Committee in November 2017 and will be presented at the General Assembly this year for endorsement.
THE governing body of the Pacific Conference of Churches is the General Assembly which meets every four years and comprises representatives of every member church. The GA will convene in Auckland in October under the theme Singing The Lord's Song In A Strange Land.
THE future of the PCC is inextricably linked to two other regional organisations - the Pacific Conference of Churches and the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools.
AFTER three days of Bible study, reflection and discussions, Pacific church leaders agreed to review the PCC structures. They also called for greater collaboration between PCC, PTC and SPATS.
OVER the years the three regional ecumenical bodies - PCC, the Pacific Theological College and the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools - have drifted apart. Church leaders - who are stakeholders in each organisation, recognised the need for closer links between the three.
ONE of the recommendations of the talks at the St Francis Retreat Centre, Hillsbourough, was a joint executive body for the PTC, PCC and SPATS. This will ensure continued collaboration, reduction of overlapping activities and more efficient use of funds and resources.
THE PCC has offered to fund the executive meetings of the PTC and SPATS if they wish to meet in Auckland around the time of the Pacific Conference of Churches General Assembly from October 26-November 4. A consultation between the PTC, PCC and SPATS is being led by Reverend James Bhagwan of the Methodist Church in Fiji.
PACIFIC church leaders have called on regional ecumenical organisations to work together more efficiently.
The call came as churches seek greater funding opportunities from an ever-dwindling list of international donors.
The Pacific Conference of Churches, Pacific Theological College and the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools have been directed to collaborate on programmes and activities.
Reverend Dr Tevita Havea of the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga said the three organisations could not continue to rely heavily on donors for funding.
“There are a lot of programmes where work is overlapping – to do with climate change, the environment and ending violence against women,” Havea said.
“The PTC, PCC and SPATS must talk to each other, share the different aspects of this work and become more efficient.
“Otherwise at some stage funding will dry up and we could lose one or all three of these very valuable institutions.”
A review team led by Reverend James Bhagwan of the Methodist Church in Fiji has conducted discussions with stakeholders and the three ecumenical organisations.
The team will review the activities of the PTC, PCC and SPATS before suggesting ways for greater collaboration.
The team’s findings will be presented to the PCC General Assembly in Auckland in October.
THE General Assembly will convene in Auckland, for years after the meeting in Honiara, the Solomon Islands. More than 200 delegates from 38 churches are expected including special delegations representing women and youth.
THE theme chosen for this event is taken from Psalm 137:4 - How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? The assembly will discuss stewardship of the Pacific diaspora flung across the world in search of employment. It will also look at possible relocation due to climate change. The therre was chosen specifically to reflect these major causes of migration.
DELEGATES will meet at the Lesieli Tonga Auditorium in Mangere. Located beside the
beside the Tuingapapai Free Wesleyan Church in Favona Road, M¯angere. It’s an impressive sight – a duck egg blue canopy of giant frangipani flowers enveloping a huge square hall.
AFTER discussions last year the Methodist communities of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga living in Auckland decided to host the event. They will provide accommodation for delegates and meals at the conference centre. This is the first time Pacific churches are hosting an event of such magnitude outside their home islands. The initiative was led by PCC Moderator, Rev Dr Tevita Havea (pictured).
AN exciting week of activities is being designed to allow discussions which set the platform for renewed joint programmes between churches across the region. A huge shift in focus is expected in the areas of youth, women and climate change.
LESIELI Tonga (pictured) was the first female dux of Tupou College in 1871. Her English - both spoken and written - was very good and this led to her being chosen as a mentor for Salote, later Tupou III of Tonga. Lesieli was respected for her devotion to God and personal integrity. We are grateful for the loan of this hall as it speaks of the strength and character of Pacific women.