Experience a synodal process of storytelling, reflection, practical theology and dialogue, in preparation for the 2023 Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO) General Assembly.
The preparatory event, Our Ocean Home, will be held online on 28 – 30 November 2022, together with Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The style and format of Our Ocean Home are framed by processes of storytelling, reflection and theological dialogue, akin to cultural experiences of Talanoa or yarning-circle style conversations.
As described by Dr Seu’ula Johansson-Fua (PDF), an educational researcher from Tonga, “Talanoa is a generic term referring to a conversation, chat, sharing of ideas and talking with someone. It is a term that is shared by Tongans, Samoans and Fijians. Talanoa can be formal, as between chiefs and his or her people, and it can be informal, as between friends in a kava circle. Talanoa is also used for different purposes: to teach a skill, to share ideas, to preach, to resolve problems, to build and maintain relationships, and to gather information.”
Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops of the Bishops’ Conferences of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, and the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific (Conferentia Episcopalis Pacifici or CEPAC), will be invited to this event. Consecrated and lay women and men, young people, ecumenical networks and ecclesial regional networks are all welcome to join in the spirit of synodal action.
The FCBCO General Assembly will be held at the Archdiocese of Suva in Fiji from 5 – 10 February 2023. Chief guest Cardinal Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, will preside at the opening Eucharist on 5 February and deliver the opening address.
In the spirit of the synodal process, this event is open to all. It is also being offered in multiple languages. Please register to receive the Zoom link.