This book opens up a lively and invigorating conversation. By critically expanding upon the concept of Pasifika households during a time of rapid social and ecological transformation, the authors offer compelling insights on interconnection, vulnerability, resilience and hope. All of the chapters are excellent, and together they are a powerful and harmonious talanoa.
This book examines the theology of God from an Oceanian point of view, using a Tuvaluan relational philosophy called ‘Vaa fesokotaki’ which literally means, the relational sacred space. Vaa fesokotaki is used as the hermeneutical lens through which to redefine the theology of te Atua. It refers to the deeply interconnected and multifaceted ‘relational space’ which defines the Tuvaluan (and the Oceanian) worldview.
For most people life is governed by power and rule, but behind these there always lies the mystery of human nature, doubtful and mysterious, and right now and again to go off at an angle and disrupt the soft working of coordinated practice. Some man or woman will appear who departs from the normal method of practice, who follows values rather than rules, and whose methods are unpredictable, and often, in the eyes of on lookers, unwise.
This book celebrates without apology the fact that indigenous spirituality lives and breathes in our Pacific person and personhood. In so doing, it celebrates what is core to indigeneity in the Pacific: our names and our naming; our knowing, being and seeing; and our identities and sense of belonging.
Decolonisation begins with our mind. I recall gratefully changing a sentence in my thesis: We live in one of the most isolated land masses in the world, to: We live in the most interconnected land mass in the world. Mahalo Epeli! That changed everything. Thus began my hermeneutic awakening.
A theological reflection on the links between the Fijian vanua and theology. Dr, Tuwere (former principal of Pacific Theological College) takes us on a journey of reconciliation with Fiji’s multiculturalism as he searches to define contemporary Fijian identity. This voyage through different myths of migration and into the trinity of vanua, lotu and matanitu compels the reader to question assumptions about Fijian Society and Affirms the truth of the Gospel while challenging reigning falsehood. This book is seminal and proactive – it is an awakening.
Within the pages of this book, an international group of Methodist scholars are united in the belief that another church and another world are not only necessary but possible. Holiness traditions, even though at times addressing matters too narrowly and at other times to triumphantly, are in agreement that the status quo in both church and world can be improved upon significantly. The question is not whether but how does this happen and how far does it go.
At the time of writing, these authors-women academics from Fiji/Pacific, were going through the impact of the phenomenon of the pandemic on their work and life. The stories penned here of their experiences of the pandemic are slices of life so to speak of the phenomenon that may remain with us for some time. The experiences described herein are both personal as well as communal, stressful as well as lethargic depending on how individual authors have chosen to focus their story.
This book depicts the origins of the Fiji Hindi dialects.