The 10th Assembly of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC), meeting from 3 to 10 March in Honiara, the Solomon Islands, adopted a series of resolutions on public issues ranging from climate change and resettlement, through seabed mining and nuclear weaponry, to the self-determination of West Papua and Maohi Nui (or Tahiti).
It called on the World Council of Churches (WCC) to combine forces with the PCC “to support, through advocacy, efforts for the re-inscription of Maohi Nui on the list of countries to be decolonized.”
The general secretary of the WCC, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed appreciation for the proposals made by the PCC assembly. He said, “We are preparing for our own 10th Assembly to take place at Busan in the Republic of Korea, and we see in these PCC resolutions many of the concerns that will challenge us there.”
The WCC assembly will be held from 30 October through 8 November 2013.
“The theme of our assembly is a simple prayer,” said Tveit. “The theme is this: God of life, lead us to justice and peace.”
“The resolutions of the PCC assembly”, he observed, “are a means of putting the concerns of our theme firmly into a particular context, the context of the Pacific peoples. They show by a list of concrete examples how life is threatened today, and they suggest the ways of God that may lead us toward justice and peace.”
Tveit pledged that the WCC would partner with the PCC in advocacy for self-determination, justice and peace throughout the Pacific region.
The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, today the WCC brings together 349 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over 110 countries, and works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church. The WCC general secretary is Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, from the [Lutheran] Church of Norway.