IOTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLUTIONS
Pacific Conference of Churches
Honiara, Salomon Islands
1st — 10th March 2013
These are the resolutions endorsed at the 10thGeneral Assembly at Honiara, Salomon Island. STEWARDSHIP
A EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
1. Explore experimental seabed mining (ESM) as a growing issue of concem for Pacific
a. Advocate, with member churches and partners, to call on Pacific governments to "stop" ail forms of experimental seabed mining.
b. Cali on PCC to act on behalf of MC's to advocate and lobby at the relevant global level, particularly the International Seabed Authority.
c. PCC and MCs to develop a greater understanding af the short and long-term effects of ESM, taking into account the damage that land-based mining and sea bed mining is already causing.
2. Facilitate the concerns of MCs and NCCs on mining, tourism, fishing, and forestry, with
intergovernmental forums such as the MSG, the Engaging the Pacific and PIFS.
a. PCC is ta facilitate and/or conduct in-country or regional consultations with MC's and NCC's on: i) mining, ii) tourism, iii) fishing, and iv) forestry, and accompany MC's in formulating member church positions and provide advocacy accompaniment to national governments and/or intergovernmental forums such as the MSG, the Engaging the Pacific and PIFS.
b. PCC calls upon ail MCs to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Pacific Island Countries who are struggling with the challenge and negative impacts of mining in their communities.
B ENVIRONMENT and CLIMATE CHANGE
3. Undertake research case studies in 3 country case studies during the next 5 years on the impact of economic models and environmental destruction and disasters.
a. Undertake research case studies in 3 country case studies during the next 5 years on
the impact of economic models and environmental destruction and disasters.
4. Research and document models and practices in traditional governance leadership systems in the reg ion, focusing on 3 country case studies in the next 5 years.
a. The General Assembly endorses the research of appropriate traditional models and
practices in traditional governance leadership systems in the region, focusing on 3 country case studies in the next 5 years.
Research and advocacy on human rights issues in climate change and resettlement of populations.
a. The le General Assembly supports the continuation of climate-induced resettlement
research, focusing on human rights and the appropriate advocacy for policy change as articulated in the PCLM Church Statements: 1) "Moana Declaration" and, ii) "The cry to sing the Lords song in Oceania".
6. Continue PCC's advocacy work with churches, partners, and ecumenical organisations at
the international on regional climate change issues and associated concerns.
a. Continue its advocacy work with churches, partners, and ecumenical organisations
at the international and regional climate change issues and associated concerns.
7 Increase PCC's political influence with other government bodies such as the Melanesia spearhead Group (MSG) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) on advancing the specific issues: climate induced resettlement and the development of alternative development model(s)- that takes into consideration spirituality and culture.
a. The General Assembly reaffirms and supports the PCC Secretariat's ongoing accompaniment and advocacy works outlined in the Moana Declaration.
b. Increase PCC's political influence with government bodies, such as the Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), on advancing the specific issues:
climate-induced resettlement; and,
the development of alternative development model(s)- that takes into consideration spirituality and culture.
C NUCLEAR and SMALL ARMS & LIGHT VVEAPONS
8. Facilitate campaigns and raise awareness on the issue of nuclear weapons and arms trade within the region.
a. PCC Secretariat and MC's ta increase networking and communication with international organisations, such as the UN Human Rights Council, and partners concerning the unresolved nuclear legacy in the Pacific.
These are the resolutions endorsed at the 1 e General Assembly at Honiara, Solomon Island.
b. PCC Secretariat ta monitor and share information to MCs on the issues of arms trade and where necessary, initiate new awareness-raising campaigns involving MCs and their communities.
D H1V and AlDs
9. Develop and facilitate a formation programme on compassion and reconciliation and ta
include people, and everyone involved, living with HIV/AIDS in the design and Implementation of the programme.
a. The General Assembly reaffirms its support for continued inclusion of those living
with HIV and AIDS in the work of the PCC secretariat on HIV and AIDS; so that the voices and concerns of those directly affected are included and heard.
b. PCC to continue ta provide accompaniment alongside Member Churches and NCCs
in helping dispel stigmas and negative attitudes associated with HIV and AIDS.
c. Develop and facilitate a formation programme on compassion and reconciliation and to
include people living with HIV and AIDS in the design and implementation of the programme.
10. Assist in facilitating dialogue forums in church communities in HIV and AIDS. a. PCC Secretariat to encourage MCs to have open forums and referral networking on the
issue of HIV and AIDS that are accessible and inclusive to ail members of the
11. Strengthen PCC's networking with regional and international organisations on HIV and
a. Network with ail regional HIV and AIDS organisations and ensure that the information is
widely shared with MCs, partner organisations and interested stakeholders.
12. Youth Pre-Assembly proposai on Sexual and Reproductive Health, including HIV and AlDs and other STDs.
a. Sensitise and conscientise the clergy on sexuel and reproductive health issues and
teach them how to impart this knowledge.
b. Sensitise and conscientise parents on sexuel and reproductive health issues and teach
them how to communicate this information ta their children.
c. Raise awareness and advocacy on sexuel and reproductive health issues among young
E ACCOMPANIMENT IN TRAINING
13 Fully implement the capacity-building programme on leadership and management with
PTC, focusing on community, women and youth training, education and awareness.
a. The General Assembly reaffirms its 9th GA resolutions on Good Governance and Leadership, and endorses PCC Secretariat ta identify and facilitate appropriate capacity building programmes on leadership and management training with PTC, with a particular focus on: community empowerment, women and youth development, education and awareness.
14. Address governance and leadership issues in stewardship and ecumenical relations,
particularly ta establish and to provide accompaniment ta leadership forums on stewardship and ecumenism.
a. PCC is ta address governance and leadership issues in stewardship and ecumenical
relations, particularly ta establish and ta provide accompaniment ta leadership forums on stewardship and ecumenism.
b. PCC is to develop an advocacy manuel on stewardship leadership to be accompanied
by national/or regional trainings on the manuel.
15. Develop a training programme on Christian responsibility and stewardship of the
environment and resources, focusing on governance, management and leadership with PTC.
a. The General Assembly recommends that PCC work in collaboration with PTC in
development of a training programme on Christian responsibility and stewardship of the environment and resources, focusing on governance, management, leadership.
16. Develop resources including theological materials on the link between climate change and DRR in the region.
PCC Secretariat to facilitate the development of a 'theology of disaster' to inform its
activities around Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and accompaniment.
b. The General Assembly receives and endorses the recommendations made by the
CIDRA evaluators for the PCC Secretariat's consideration for ongoing implementation, which will help build the preparedness and resilience capacities of Pacific communities in the area of DRR.
c. PCC to facilitate research and promote effective vvaste reuse and management
17. Continue to assist MCs and NCCs in their development projects.
a. The PCC Secretariat to identify ways to assist MCs and NCCs in their development
projects through resource sharing.
18. Mainstreaming Youth into Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship.
a. PCC to facilitate capacity-building trainings for youths on; "What does it mean to be good stewards of creation?"
b. Based on young people's concerns, PCC to facilitate research and promote effective vvaste reuse and management options.
c. Ensure youth engagement and inclusion in the implementation of PCC's stewardship programme.
SELF-DETERMINATION COMMISSION RESOLUTIONS
[The le Assembly of the PCC...]
1. Calls on churches to respond, in an age of empire, to the biblical imperative for transformation and renewal through discernment and self-determination, because just as God created us and knows us by name, He calls us to be free and responsible. To be free requires responsibility: to be responsible requires freedom. It includes political independence, the dignity of the person, the self-determination of women and youth to be full participants in the work of the church (ministering, proclamation and evangelism), how we organize our economic lives, care for the disadvantaged and the rights and responsibilities of and to each other.
A. Maohi Nui
2. PCC General Assembly gathered in Honiara Solomon Islands recognizes God's gift of freedom, to ail humankind within His Oikos, to be self-determining. The Assembly also recognizes the universal human rights of ail people and in particular the right to selfdetermination of all oppressed colonized indigenous people in the world in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of lndigenous People.
3. VVe call Pacific member churches and the World Council of Churches to support, through advocacy efforts, the re-inscription of Maohi Nui on the UN List of Countries to be decolonised.
4. The 10h PCC General Assembly calls on France, the United Nations, the Pacific Islands Governments, the International community to support the decision from the Maohi Protestant Church.
B. West Papua
5. Documenting for effective advocacy on justice and respect for human rights in West Papua, in collaboration with ecumenical partners, civil society and governments.
6. Incorporate the human rights situation in West Papua as a strong focal area in PCC's
programmatic work on self-determination for non-self-governing territories, and communities and peoples who yearn to be free.
C. Freedom Sunday
7. Designate and promote the first Sunday after leDecember, with effect from 2013, to be
observed annually as a 'Human Rights and Freedom Sunday', to celebrate freedom and soridarity with the peoples of Maohi Nui, Bougainville, New Caledonia, West Papua and others who yearn to be free.
D. Nuclear Testinq
8. In solidarity with the people of Maohi Nui and other victims of nuclear testing, the PCC:
a. facilitate the building of awareness, beginning within its constituency, partners and networks, about the injustices suffered by the victims of nuclear testing in the reg ion.
b. design and implement advocacy activities at multiple levels targeting such injustices and that such activities are to involve 3 essential elements of advocacy: praying, speaking out and acting together.
c. facilitate the organization of a regional dialogue tour amongst PCC members to raise awareness on the issue.
d. to advocate, in solidarity with the people of Maohi Nui, for a zero-tolerance stance by the PCC and its member churches on nuclear weapons and nuclear testing.
e. encourage the French authorities te fulfil their obligations and provide ail necessary means for economic, social and cultural, environment development of the Maohi people, and to compensate all those affected by nuclear testing and radioactivity.
E. Economic Justice
9. Strengthen understanding and elaboration on systems of wealth generation and
distribution, focusing on case studies in the region, with the objective of distinguishing economic models, approaches or visions that conform to biblical principles from others.
10. In collaboration with civil society, government and ecumenical organizations to build awareness on and advocate for economic models, approaches or visions that conform to biblical principles of economy.
11. Continue te uphold FOCS stance and prophetic voice against the injustices of economic globalization and international trade as well as on the proponents of the underlying dominant economic order.
12. Strengthen PCC's focus on identifying and promoting, collaboratively with ecumenical partners, government and civil society partners, other development options and/or approaches that conform te biblical principles of economy.
13. Facilitate, in collaboration with churches and government, the identification, further elaboration and propagation of an approach to understanding development and wellbeing that are founded on Christian spirituality and socio-cultural morality as opposed to materialism.
F. Dionity of the berson & human rets
14. Facilitate, in collaboration with relevant partners, including the Ecumenical Disability Advocacy Network, a self-deternnination process focusing on the disadvantaged in our communities, including those with disabilities.
15. Facilitate a process aimed at enabling greater and more meaningful participation of women and youth in the mission of the church.
16. Directly under the self-determination umbrella we endorse the commissioning of empirical research on human rights and traditional systems, including alignment to biblical teaching and gender dimensions.
17. To promote participation, education and awareness of human rights in nations that are already politically independent.
18. Recognising the dignity of the human person, created in the image of God, and mindful of international instruments such as the Convention on the amination and Discrimination Against VVomen and the Convention of the Rights of the Child, adopt and pursue the:
a. elirnination of Gender-Based Violence as the theme focus for the PCC women's desk for the next five years.
b. strengthening of the women's desk by ensuring permanent staffing and resourcing.
c. formation of the PCC network with member churches, SPATS, PTC to address issues pertaining to the advancernent of women.
d. Elimination of Gender-Based Violence through the twofold strategy of `responsiveness and prevention'.
ECUMENISM COMMISION RESOLUTIONS
1 To assist with the capacity building of the member churches in Micronesia, namely Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and the Marshall Islands,
a) the PCC secretariat and PTC are to design and implement and or facilitate a 2 — 3 weeks course on biblical studies for the pastors (and laity) in the above four countries.
b) The PCC secretariat is to facilitate the provision of school teachers to teach in primary and secondary schools in Chuuk and also work on youth evangelism and ecumenism, with clear criteria and resource contribution commitments
c) the PCC secretariat to establish a pool of resource people from among the member churches to assist members churches with their capacity and or emergency needs.
2 The PCC secretariat, PTC/GPP, SPATS, MATS' and theological schools of member
churches to establish and implement a process of reflection, rethinking and renewal on the ecumenical movernent at ail levels grassroots, regional and national - particularly in the areas of ecumenical identity, ecumenical solidarity and social justice action, and ecumenical leadership and theologicai education .I Melanesian Association of Theologicai Schools
3 The PCC secretariat to continue with the formation programme on morality, governance
and social justice, with the addition on stewardship, with the Member Churches and National Councils of Churches, at the regional and national levels, targeting the church leaders, women and youth.
4 The PCC secretariat, with the assistance of PTC, PRS, SPATS and theological schools,
a) continue with the implementation of the Namoli Statement "Steering the Vaka of Hermeneutics in Oceania" recommendations, targeting the Member Churches at the national and regional levels
b) design and implement a specific project on the hermeneutics of Stewardship, Selfdetermination and Gender, and a theology of migration at the national level with the Member Churches
5 The Secretariats of PCC, PTC and SPATS are to continue with the organization of a
regional conference on "Mission Sharing and Learning" as a follow-up ta the 2010 Viwa Mission Conference in 2015.
6 In rethinking the Pacific "Oikos", the PCC secretariat is ta:
a) Conduct education and training with Member Churches and National Councils of Churches on the concept of "Rethinking the Household of God in the Pacific" document at the national lever.
b) establish a regional forum of Member Churches, National Councils of Churches, NG0s, academics and partners ta debate and discuss research, issues and documents on the "Rethinking the Household of God in the Pacific".
c) VVork closely with regional governments and inter-governmental groupings on rethinking policies on development, governance, peace and security, climate change and resettlement, and trade.
7 The General Assembly endorses the establishment of the Commission on Mission and
Theology as per the resolutions of the Executive Committees of PCC and PTC in 2011, its membership and Terms of Reference (TOR) and to submit a report on its work at the 11thGeneral Assembly of PCC
8 The PCC Assembly endorses and supports the conduct of the research project on
"Ecumenical Relations in the Pacific Islands since the 1980s: Developments - Problems and Perspectives" under the auspices of the Institute for Research & Social Analysis of the Pacific Theological College.
9 VVith regards to the ecumenical formation for young ecumenists and youth leaders:
a) the 10th General Assembly recognizes the key rote of the young people and youth leaders as central to the continued relevance and sustainability of ecumenism in our region now and into the future
b) prioritise the theological training of young people through leadership training, ecumenical mentoring and peer exchange of best practice on ecumenism as means of strengthening youth ecumenical formation
C) continue to use the formation framework as a key PCC biblical formation tool and
mainstream the attendant formation materials for youth ecumenical training
d) prioritise youth involvement in social justice work as a means of enhancing the visible
unity of the church.
RECOGNISE the .Pacific Church Leaders Retreat as a dialogue and advisory forum of Church and Political leaders to deepen their spi rituality and ecumenical relations, and to strengthen the Church's moral input into the discussions and decisions on pertinent politic, social and economic issues by political leaders in the region.