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.
TO be held in Auckland, New Zealand, the PCLM will see as many as 38 Pacific church leaders gather for three days to discuss the future of the PCC. Talks will focus on rebuilding relationships within the Oikos (Household), stewardship and developing the household.
AN exciting list of Bible study presenters and regional academics has been drawn up to lead the discussions. The outcome of this meeting will set a platform for the work of the PCC over the period 2018-2023. This includes a possible restructure of the PCC and new direction.
OVER the years the three regional ecumenical bodies - PCC, the Pacific Theological College and the South Pacific Association of Theological Schools - have drifted apart. One purpose of the PCLM will be to create stronger relationships between the three bodies.
HELD at the St Francis Retreat Centre, Hillsbourough, each day will begin with devotion and a Bible study. This will be followed by an academic presentation from an eminent Pacific scholar. After lunch the leaders will be free to communicate with their home offices and reflect on the studies and presentations. They will reconvene in the late afternoon to discuss what they believe to be issues pertinent to building better relations and creating a pathway for the PCC.
THE outcomes of the PCLM will be shared widely with partner organisations and member churches. These outcomes will also become resolutions to the PCC General Assembly in Auckland later in 2018.
JAMES Bhagwan - an ordained minister of the Methodist Church in Fiji and a doctoral student at the University of the South Pacific - will be the lead facilitator of the PCLM Discussions. He will be supported by PCC Secretariat staff members Frances Namoumou and Netani Rika who have vast facilitation experience in the region.
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.