07.07.08 12:30 Age: 4 yrs

Pacific visit to highlight WCC concern on climate change


Ecumenical art from the Pacific region

Climate change, its causes and consequences as well as the role of churches and the worldwide ecumenical family will be at the center of a 7-14 July visit to the Pacific region by the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia.


During a series of encounters with leaders of WCC member churches and other religious and secular figures in Papetee (French Polynesia), Nadi (Fiji) and Apia (Samoa), a WCC delegation led by Kobia will discuss climate change issues, as well as consequences of nuclear testing and this year's focus on the region of the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence.


Inspired by the theme "Witnessing to the peace of God in Oceania", a number of activities and events are taking place during the year in the region as local churches work to highlight ways to overcome cultural and ethnic violence and to promote human rights in communities, workplaces, schools or homes.


In Nadi, the visit of the WCC general secretary coincides with a 9-15 July meeting of a group of church representatives planning the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation to take place in Jamaica in 2011. The WCC delegation and the planning group will participate at a forum on how churches in the region and worldwide are addressing the issue of violence.


The WCC has been at the forefront of work aimed at raising awareness about climate change over the last two decades, with the Pacific churches playing a significant role in it. The latter have also brought to the world's attention the consequences of nuclear testing in the region.


Members of the WCC delegation visiting the Pacific region:

  • Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary.

  • Rev. Eunice Santana, former WCC president (1991-1998); Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico.

  • Mr. John Doom, WCC president from the Pacific region; MaĆ²hi Protestant Church (French Polynesia); national co-ordinator of the Association of the Former Nuclear Site Workers of Moruroa (Moruroa e Tatou).

  • Lic. Elias Crisostomo Abramides, WCC Focal Point to the UNFCCC Climate Change Programme; Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Buenos Aires and South America, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Argentina.

  • Ms. Faautu Talapusi, Congregational Christian Church in Samoa.


WCC work on climate change


WCC member churches in the Pacific


Pacific focus 2008 of the Decade to Overcome Violence