APTO 2018 Conference, Suva Fiji

Weaving Theology in Oceania: Culture, Context and Practice

Evening Sat 17th November to Evening Wed 21st November 2018


Pacific Regional Seminary (PRS) 

461 Queen Elizabeth Drive  Nasese, Suva, Fiji


University of the South Pacific

Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

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The 2018 APTO Conference is to be conducted in partnership with the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (CEPAC). Conference membership is to include 80 Catholic clergy from Tonga, Samoa, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Cook Islands as well as other male and female, religious leaders, teachers and pastoral  practitioners from a wide range of Christian traditions from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and across the whole of Oceania. 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Rev Dr Upolu Luma VaaiHead of Theology and Ethics, Associate Professor at Pacific Theology College

    Eco-Relational Theology: The Trinitarian Structure of Life in Oceania 

  • Rev Dr Seferosa Carroll-  Uniting Church Minister and Theologian, UDiv originally from Fiji -Women, Religion and Dialogue

  • Dr Sr Malia Keiti Ann Kanongata'a - Missiologist from TongaEmpowering women: Responding to the  violence and abuse of spousal love/relationship.

  • Dr Debra Snoddy  Scripture Scholar at Catholic Institute of Sydney - Mary: Woman of the Gospel Woman of Faith
  • Very Rev Dr Peter Loy Chong - Catholic Archbishop of SuvaLaudato Si: Implications for Pacific peoples
  • Dr. Claire Wolfteich- Professor, Boston University School of Theology Co-Director, Centre for Practical Theology via  Video and Audio Link

Plenary Workshops

Rev Dr Arthur Leger -  Leadership in context

Sr Evelina Tuia  smf, Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia  - Contemporary marriage Issues in the Pacific

Rev Dr Donato Kivi - Mary, eco-spirituality and evangelisation

The 2018 APTO conference is for practical-pastoral theologians, reflective pastoral practitioners, teachers, researchers and policy makers and research students from all Christian denominations across the whole of Oceania in range of fields listed below and beyond:
Mission ● Welfare ● Health Care ● Theological education ● Formation for Ministry ● Environment ● Social Justice ● Politics ● Housing ● Employment ● Story -Preaching ● Adult Faith Education ● Pastoral Care ● Clinical Pastoral Education ● Social Media ● Economic policy ● Neo-Colonialism ● Marriage and Family ● Disability ● Social Research ● Church Life Research ● Domestic Violence ●  Women in the Church ● Migration &Refugee policy ● Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education ● Religious Education - Catechetical Instruction.
 Cost: Conference only, $300 (Australian)

        Episcopal Conference of the Pacific