Pacific Conference of Churches resolutions welcomed by WCC
The 10th Assembly of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC), meeting from March 3 to 10 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 decolonised.”
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 October 30 through November 8 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.