A Broken Vanua – Ecumenical for Ecological

A Fijian church leader, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Suva His Grace Dr Peter Loy Chong has written an inspirational song calling for a stop to be put to coal production, logging and all other harmful actions against Mother Nature.

Titled ‘Island People Raise Your Voice’, the song laments the cry of mother earth from the abuses of deforestation, extractives industry that in turn has made children of the islands cry because of climate change.

The song was launched by the powerful, melodious voices of the Sacred Heart Cathedral of Suva during an ecumenical prayer service for the ‘Season of Creation’ attended by about 400 people from different Christian denominations, theological colleges and faith communities including Hindus and Muslims at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva City on September 18.

(Left) PTC Principal Rev. Dr. Upolu Va’ai with other Fijian church leaders at the Ecumenical Service.

The Pacific Theological College opened the service with the hymn ‘Pasifika’.

Archbishop Loy-Chong said humans have created crimes against creation, endangered the global ecosystem and that the community of believers must unite to protect it because it is a gift from God that we have a responsibility for.

Verses from Hindu and Islamic scriptures narrated by the faith clerics reverberated through Cathedral

Delivering the homily, Reverend Dr. Donato Kacivi, a Marist priest who holds a doctorate in ecological studies from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Dr. Donato said environmental protection is a concern for all because it touches on all areas of our life.

‘God then planted a garden, which had all kinds of trees enticing to look at and good to eat. He then placed man in the garden to till and take care of it,’ Rev. Dr. Donato said.

‘The garden offered food, so food security was assured, the garden offered medicinal plants, health security was assured – their human security was assured.’

‘It did not just stop there, it was also a comfortable place to live in, everything that man saw was “enticing to look at” – yes because humanity’s home was crafted with and in beauty. It was paradise in the very literal sense of the word.

‘This paradise is our planet earth. It is our Vanua. The only one in our solar system that provides the conditions necessary for life.’

Father Donato Kivi

Father Donato emphasized the Vanua was broken and needs peoples help.

‘We are not only called for our personal salvation, but for the salvation of all, going from personal, to family, to village, to government to all of creation. We are called to be leaders and to advocate love, peace and justice. Our goal is to enter into that loving relationship which the first couple experienced in the garden of Eden. To be in harmony with ourselves, in harmony with God, in harmony with our neighbours and harmony with all of creation. This is restorative justice because we return to “original justice.”

Our broken Vanua needs us – we know it is broken in all kinds of level whether it is communal, social, cultural, political, cultural etc.

We can no longer hide it. It all comes back to why we here tonight. To realign ourselves, we need to put on the eyes of the Christ in how he sees the world. We need to speak of creation as our home because it communicates God’s loving relationship to us. Through Christ’s love he has gifted us with a Vanua that is teeming with life and beauty.

The earth, our Vanua is not simply the place where we sleep, eat and get sustained. To re-echo the words of St. Boniface, “we need to realize that we exist more truly when we love then where we merely live.”

The Season of Creation as a Catholic liturgy addresses growing concerns about the effects of industrial development on the environment.

Ends…

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Fundraiser 27 September 2019

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Vacancy: Carpenter & Handyman

Job Opportunity

We are looking for a Carpenter & Handyman to be part of our Maintenance Team based working on a full time Position based in Suva.

Responsibilities

The candidate is honest, efficient, accurate, enthusiastic and a team player, able to perform assigned carpentry, joinery, tile and brick laying, etc. The candidate requires minimum supervision.

Position Requirements

  • Ability to construct a full building, including constructing building frameworks, brick walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures.
  • At least 3 years proven experience as carpenter.
  • Hands-on experience in working with carpentry materials
  • Excellent understanding of carpentry techniques and methods of installation and construction including installing structures and fixtures.
  • Proficient in using electrical and manual equipment and measurement tools (powered saws, hammers, rulers etc.)
  • Ability to read master infrastructure plans including any technical documents and drawings.
  • Willingness to follow safety guidelines at all times.
  • Good knowledge of English.
  • Successful completion of a carpentry apprenticeship program is desirable but not essential.
  • Values respect of others including the willingness to work in a multicultural and multi-religious community
  • Assisting in College Events if needed.
  • Any other works assigned by The College Principal.

Remuneration

Depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications to include a CV with 3 references and sent to:

Jasveer Singh

Maintenance and Construction Manager

Pacific Theological College,

Private Mail Bag,

Suva.

Email: jasveer.singh@ptc.ac.fj

Ph: 3311100 / 9943036

Closing Date for Applications is Wednesday 14th August, 2019.

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Vacancy: Information Technology Administrator

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Information Technology Administrator

The Information Technology Administrator is responsible for all hands-on and day-to-day IT aspects, covering all technology operations, serving faculty, staff and students. The IT Administrator will be the technical product and system owner, to manage existing systems and lead the development of new projects including change requests, installations, upgrades, from inception through to delivery into a production environment, and to manage all IT capabilities. The collaborative and consultative nature of the role requires the capacity to work with people at all levels in an organization. Other critical IT Systems to be developed and supported are related to project management, financial management and external web platforms. The main responsibility of developing long term relationships with internal clients and consulting on the IT functions, services, best practices and methodologies in the development and delivery of information system solutions

Qualifications Essential

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or networking, information systems, computer science or a related ICT field. An undergraduate in their final year is also welcome to apply with relevant work experience.
  • A relevant certificate in project management

Desirable

Professional certifications (e.g. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing & Switching, Comp TIA A+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), etc.) in an ICT specialisation

Experience Required

  • Ability to lead a small team
  • Minimum five years’ of progressively responsible professional experience in an enterprise ICT environment with expertise in the following areas – networking, system administration, management information systems, ICT project management, cybersecurity, web-based software development, database administration, and open source technology
  • Experience in handling servers, cisco hardware, firewall, UTM appliances, VPN technology, backup and PABX system
  • Administer and maintain office servers (Mail, Active Directory, and others) and all LAN/WAN equipment, drive-mapping, configuring network printer & providing user access, periodically updating software and configurations as well as the copies of the systems and databases.
  • Ensure internet availability and reliability, working with ISP to make sure that Internet services are working well and properly managed.
  • Experience in management and development of websites using WordPress
  • Maintain an awareness of developing technologies and their application and take some responsibility for driving internal development.
  • Provide procurement assistance including, but not limited to, researching solutions, engaging with potential vendors, making recommendations for product purchases and assessing needs and developing terms of references
  • Assist with preparation of operating budgets based on estimated and actual expenditures for ICT systems and support needs.
  • Experience in drafting proposals and reports
  • Ensure safety and security of all computerized data, information, files and documents
  • Implement and apply ICT policies, strategies and plans to ensure optimal performance of the College computers
  • Provide computer training as well as trouble shooting and ad-hoc technical assistance to users.
  • Maintain documentation of processes, procedures and troubleshooting guides including tracking vendor service requests through completion

Attributes Required

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-religious community by respecting people of different religious, ethnic, gender, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work towards and support the vision of the college

Skills and Other Attributes

  • Strong User engagement and communication skills
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to lead by example demonstrating an ability to deliver set tasks, objectives and strategic priorities
  • Excellent working level of English language in both writing and speaking
  • Ability to manage and work well in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to work in an organized and systematic manner.
  • Ability to explain ideas clearly to technical and non-technical staff
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to the ideas, interests and concerns of others
  • Utilizes diversity to foster teamwork
  • Ensures others understanding of, involvement in, adaptation to a change process
  • Able to work under challenging circumstances with minimum supervision
  • A knowledge of industry quality standards and best practice

Reporting to

The IT Administrator is accountable to The College Principal & Management of the Pacific Theological College

Contract

Upon successfully serving six months’ probation, and given satisfactory performance, the candidate will then be offered a potentially renewable 3 years’ contract.

Salary range

Salary will depend on expertise and experience aligned with the annual salary scale approved by the HR committee. Starting salary for this positon would be $20,000 per annum.

Closing date

Applications for this position will close on 16 August 2019. We regret that late applications will not be considered.

How to apply:

Applicants are asked to submit their current CV along with a supporting letter of motivation no more than two pages, with contact details of at least two referees.

Applications can be submitted electronically by e-mail to: Sanjeet.Singh@ptc.ac.fj .Alternatively, hand deliver to PTC reception desk or send via postal mail to the addressed to:

Mr. Sanjeet Pratap Singh

The Director Finance & Administration

Pacific Theological College

Private Mail Bag Suva.

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED

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Welcome to the Oceania Laca!

Ni Sa Bula Vinaka!

Greetings in the name of our Triune God! Welcome to the Oceania Lacanewsletter of the Pacific Theological College (PTC).I am delighted and honoured as leader of the college to introduce this first issue of the Oceania Laca newsletter. This first issue revives the college newsletter which has lapsed since 2012.

Deep within the Moana, where our ancestors used to navigate freely without the imposed colonial imaginary boundaries, they used to cross islands and peoples, bracing the winds and currents to share their stories, wisdom, cultures, languages, and values. Here Oceania Lacawas born. It was born to navigate, to move beyond, to communicate, to link, and to take us to new shores of possibilities, to create new friendships, relationships, and a new vision. Its very existence promotes continual discovery and newness of life. PTC hopes that the Oceania Laca newsletter will do the same. There are three overall aims:

  • To provide a platform for the PTC community to tell its story and to invite our ocean of readers to come on board the PTC vaka by going beyond the newsletter literary presentation and then to make sense of the academic, pastoral, spiritual, historical, ethnic, familial, and ecumenical diverse journeys that make up our story. In the newsletter, the PTC story will be told through a combination of words, issues, pictures, poetry, art, designs, symbolism, colours, and even through blank spaces! Readers will also be given a sneak peek into the vision of the college and how such vision will impact our journey to discover new possibilities.
  • To attract and invite to the PTC vaka new faces and friendships, new stories, and new experiences of interested parties from around the world including potential candidates who want to discover PTC programmes and life.The newsletter will be able to offer space for new relationships to develop, nurture and mutually connect with the PTC community.
  • To strengthen the PTC communication culture and thus constantly link and reconnect the college to its member churches, overseas partners, families, regional grassroots communities, and the international community. In the new PTC vision, communication is critical, not only for transparency and accountability, but also for possibilities of progress and renewal. We intend to make the Oceania Laca a regular publication for the regional and the international community. This will keep all in touch with news and developments of our journey, and for the college itself it will capture and benefit from the diverse richness of the many shores as we cross interdenominational, intercultural, and interfaith seas.

I now invite you into the PTC vaka, relax and unwind as you become part of our story, and learn more of our journey as theOceania Laca takes us beyond.

Enjoy!

Rev. Dr Upolu Lum? Vaai

PRINCIPAL

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User Access Accounts

Staff

Each Staff is given an account and will apply for network access, which will enable them access to the office computer, email, internet, library catalog, network shares, and printer.

Student

Each Student is given an account to access student systems, such as the computer lab facility, printing, internet, webmail, library catalog, and Wi-Fi.

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Conference: Churches Tackling Gender-Based Violence (April 2018)

In April 2018 the Pacific Theological College and the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research hosted a conference at the PTC in Suva:

Churches Tackling Gender-Based Violence:

Preventing Violence, Reporting Perpetrators, Restoring Survivors

12-13 April 2018

Purpose

The primary purposes of the Conference will be:

  • To explore church responses to violence against women in a wider regional context. It hopes to draw upon experience and expertise from Fiji, and the wider Pacific region, which might contribute knowledge and insights towards the work of the project. This includes both theological/biblical/church expertise and more practical/policy contributions, with particular attention to women’s experiences and church engagement.
  • To share the vision and rationale, and progress to date, of the project’s investigations with interested stakeholders, and to discuss issues arising.

Venue

The Conference will be held at:
Jovili Mission Centre, Pacific Theological College
78 Vuya Road, Veiuto, Suva

Programme

The Conference will run from 8:30am to 5:15pm both days. There are also related evening programmes on Thursday and Friday nights. Teas, lunches, and dinners are provided both days.

Speakers are confirmed from these organizations:

Here is the Conference Draft Programme (.pdf)

Public Lecture: “Responding to Domestic Violence: An Ecumenical Voice to Broken Families”

  • Guest Lecturer: Rev Dr Cliff Bird, Council for World Mission
  • Venue: Pacific Theological College Fale, Nasese, Suva
  • Date: 12 April 2018, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • More details on the IMR website

Registration

To register your interest or make inquires about the conference, please contact Dr Richard Davis Richard.Davis@ptc.ac.fj

Project Background

This conference is part of a larger project: Fola le ta’ui a le Atua: Rolling Out the Mat of Scripture: Church Responses to Gender-Based Violence Against Women in Samoa: Supporting Church Capacity for Transformative Social Leadership.

More details about this project can be found on these websites:

Conference Presentations and Materials

Day One: Thursday 12 April 2018

Session One: Myths and Realities About Gender Based Violence

  • The Regional and Global Context, Shabina Khan, UN Women Regional Office [presentation (.pdf)]
  • The Difference Church Policy Makes, Rev Sereima Lomaloma, House of Sarah
  • “Re-thinking the Fijian Man”, Ted Talk, Feedback, and Reflections, Jope Tarai, University of the South Pacific [video on Youtube and presentation (.pdf)]

Session Two: Preventing Violence

IMR Public Lecture

  • “Responding to Domestic Violence: An Ecumenical Voice to Broken Families” by Rev Dr Cliff Bird

Day Two: Friday 13 April 2018

Session Three: Reporting Perpetrators

  • Balancing the Scales: Improving Fijian Women’s Access to Justice, Nalini Singh, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement [presentation (.pdf)]
  • Prevention of Violence against Women in Fiji’s Faith Settings: A Community Mobilization Approach, Alisi Qaiqaica, House of Sarah
  • A Human Rights Response to Violence Against Women, Albert Seluka, Pacific Community, Regional Rights Resource Team [presentation (.pdf)]
  • What Are We Afraid Of?: Theology, Culture, and Human Rights Discourse in the Pacific, Dr Richard Davis, Pacific Theological College

Session Four: Restoring Survivors

  • Silenced, Shamed, and Stigmatised: The Complicity of the Church, Dr Beverly Haddad, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa [presentation (.pdf)]
  • Forgiveness and Reconciliation and Cheap Grace, Prof David Tombs, University of Otago [presentation (.pdf)]
  • Violation of the ‘VA’ by Pacific Island Men, Prof Fele Nokise, Pacific Theological College

Further Resources

Related News

Social Media Sharing

If you wish to share thought and pictures about the Conference, our hashtag is #CTGBV2018

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New pages for PTCEE and IMR

Both the PTC Education by Extension programme (PTCEE) and the Institute for Mission and Research (IMR) have their own, freshly designed pages on a subdomain of PTC’s website. There are links to these pages in the ‘Quick Links’ section at the bottom of the PTC front page, as well under the respective pages accessible via the ‘Departments’ tab in the top menu of the PTC site. Have fun exploring!

PTCEE: http://ptcee.ptc.ac.fj

IMR: http://www.imr.ptc.ac.fj

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Public Seminar: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Legacies (12 October 2017)

The Theology and Ethics Department of the PTC is pleased to host a Public Seminar on

“Latin American Liberation Theology and its Legacies”

with Prof. David Tombs, Director of Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago

3pm Thursday 12 October 2017, PTC Chapel, Pacific Theological College, Vuya Road, Suva

David Tombs has been the Howard Paterson Chair of Theology and Public Issues since January 2015. He has a longstanding interest in contextual and liberation theologies and is author of Latin American Liberation Theologies (Brill, 2002).

His current research focuses on religion, violence, and public theology, and especially on Christian responses to gender-based violence, sexual abuse and torture. Previously David was a Lecturer in Theology at the University of Roehampton London (1992-2001). From 2001-2014 he lived and worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation for the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.

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PTC now an FNPF Approved Education Institute

The Pacific Theological College is one of the higher education provider in Fiji to achieve this prestigious accreditation from the Fiji National Provident Fund. Local students can now take this advantage to pay there fees through the FNPF Education Assistance Scheme.

See:

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