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Written by Warime Guti   
Sunday, 19 September 2010 22:01

“Where is the voice of the Churches at this time PNG is facing many social and political challenges” this was the challenge made by Mr. Fe’iolatikau Kaho Tevi, the General Secretary for the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) in his opening presentation to the Church representatives who participated in a two days forum organised by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea (ELC-PNG). The theme of the forum was ‘Ecumenical movement in Asia/Pacific and PNG’. It was held from the 18th – 19th September 2010 at the Lae International Hotel.

Most of the discussions were focused on the effectiveness and efficiency of the Papua New Guinea Council of Church’s (PNGCC) work in the country. The PNGCC's Vice President, Father Danny Guka also presented a session on the current status of PNGCC. “PNGCC is currently struggling financially and lacks moral support from member churches to get back to its feet as the ‘PROPHETIC VOICE’ of the country representing the churches as it was some years ago.” He said “the PNGCC secretariat currently consist of only an Acting General Secretary with the Youth & Women desk being suspended some time ago.”

Mr. Tevi in his response to Father Guka’s presentation asked why PNGCC didn’t asked PCC for help. Mr. Tevi said “PNGCC is seen as a role model for most National Council of Churches in other Pacific island countries and PCC will not hesitate to help if its was asked to”. Mr. Tevi challenged the church to get organised with PNGCC and he assured the forum that PCC is now committing itself to assist facilitate strategic activities to get PNGCC back to its feet.

Towards the closing of the forum after the discussions session, a recommendation was made and agreed upon that PCC will assist in facilitating a Head of Churches meeting to discuss and evaluate the PNGCC. PCC aims to foster for a good ecumenical relationship between churches to get the voices out clearly at this crucial time PNG is going through all the challenges in the economic, social and political arena.

The forum drew representatives from PNGCC, Anglican, Catholic, Salvation Army, Lutheran, United Church, Melanesian Institute, PCC (Fiji), Pacific Theological College (PTC) and Lutheran Overseas Partners of ELC-PNG from Germany, Australia, USA, Finland and West Papua.


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