Where are the Birds of Oceania? : World Migratory Bird Day 2018

Birds are valued for many reasons. They have inspired people with their beauty, song and behavior; they symbolize freedom, wisdom and spirituality. They are also important for the goods and services they provide in their habitats, including seed dispersal, pollination, controlling pests and maintaining food chains. These services are rarely quantified, but are very important. […]

“Break the Pen,” A Challenge for Pacific Thinking: A Poem by Mr. Faafetai Aiavā

“Break the Pen,” A Challenge for Pacific Thinking  By Faafetai Aiavā Literacy is the mark of learning This is true, though not entirely The letter immortalised our thinking This is true, though not entirely Many stories lived before the pen Unwritten wealth of a life back then Stories that often shape our thinking Narratives reshaped […]

Youth Building Peace: A Poem by Vini Tuidama

The above artwork is by Michael Volpicelli. It is a portrait of Emmanuel Jal – a peace builder. Emmanuel was once a child soldier but now he builds peace in Africa. Michael Volpicelli. (2014). Emmanuel Jal. Available from: https://fineartamerica.com/featured/emmanuel-jal-michael-volpicelli-.html. [Accessed: 14/8/2017]. Is there Killing? Is there War? Is there pain, sorrow and suffering? Is there a solution […]

Concluding Statements of the Pacific Church Leaders Meeting 2017

Pacific Church Leaders Meeting Date: July 31st – August 03rd, 2017 Venue: Auckland Theme: “Re-reading the Stars:  Renewing the Household of God in the Pacific”   Brief Overview Cited below is Resolutions 2 of the 10th General Assembly’s Ecumenism commission that was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in 2013. This resolution is the basis for […]

Pilgrimage for Peace and Justice.

JUST over a week ago, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Reverend Dr Olav Fykse Tveit joined other speakers at a side event of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The speakers, who also included Metropolitan Hilarion chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, addressed […]

Created to be Bold

TODAY is International Women’s Day (IWD), an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women and also to declare bold actions to help progress the gender agenda because the purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world. Last year, organisations […]

Ban the Plastic Bag

THE Fiji Government, in its efforts to become a global champion of environmental stewardship, was the first to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change in February 2016, followed by signing the Agreement’s Instrument of Ratification, at the United Nations in April last year. Previous governments have also demonstrated their commitment to addressing climate change, […]

Cultivate Justice to have Peace

AS we spent Monday in reflection on the anniversary of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, praying for the souls of the 44 Fijians who lost their lives and their families and the many people still struggling to recover from the devastation of Winston, the rest of the world was commemorating World Day of Social Justice. Day […]

Sharing the Light

THE words “theophany” or “epiphany” generally refers to the manifestation of a divine or supernatural being. In Christian world history, “The Epiphany” marks a visit to the baby Jesus by the Magi, (three kings, or wise men). For Christians, it celebrates “the revelation of God in his Son as a human in Jesus Christ”. In […]