World Council of Churches (WCC) president from the Pacific Rev. François Pihaatae will be one of the speakers of the opening plenary, which is convening under the theme “Do Kamo: Khrist, transform us into your new humanity.”
Phiaatae, of the Maòhi Protestant Church, is from Maohi Nui (French Polynesia) and is an ordained minister of the Etärëtia Porotetani Mäòhi (Mäòhi Protestant Church).
The thematic plenaries will have a strong focus on climate justice, bringing themes such as “Transformation as Ecological Stewardship.” Plenary themes also include “Transformation as Ecumenical Fellowship,” “Transformation as Self Determination,” and “Children as God's Precious Gifts: Transformation as Child Protection and Empowerment.”
A Women’s Pre-assembly as well as a Youth Pre-assembly will precede the opening. A special service on 20 November will commemorate International Children’s Day.
Pacific Conference of Churches general secretary Rev. James Bhagwan said about 200 people from from 35 churches and 12 national councils of churches will be attending. “The fact that we will gather in New Caledonia is very meaningful because this is where the Pacific Conference of Churches had its constitutional assembly back in 1966,” he said. “We seek your prayers and spiritual support as we reflect on the assembly theme”.