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Fijians discuss same gender marriages

Discussion on same gender marriages was one of the major topics for the confer­ence organized by the Fijian mem­bers of the Uniting Church in Aus­tralia, said UCA Fiji Parish general
01 Feb 2018 11:00
Fijians discuss same gender marriages
conference. Photo: Supplied Women church members pose for a photo before they perform for the Uniting Church in Australia conference. Photo: Supplied

Discussion on same gender marriages was one of the major topics for the confer­ence organized by the Fijian mem­bers of the Uniting Church in Aus­tralia, said UCA Fiji Parish general secretary Eric Lewanavua.

“Discussions arose on topics such as maintaining cultural identity within the various communities, discussions on same gender mar­riages (given the recent legislation approval within the Australia Gov­ernment),” Mr Lewanavanua said.

Over 350 Fijians from all over Aus­tralia attended the four day confer­ence in Sydney as members of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA).

The conference is a biennial event for the Fijian community who are members of the Uniting Church in Australia to meet and share in their faith and to discuss opportu­nities for development and growth in their ministry in Australia.

Mr Lewanavanua said the confer­ence was organised by the UCA Fiji Parish in Canterbury, Sydney from January 25-18 who hosted the meet­ing.

“There were over 350 attendees at the meeting,” he said.

The theme for FNC 2018 was “Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

“A powerful presentation was also delivered by the youth and Sunday school delegates to talk about their learning through the conference,” Mr Lewananvanua said.

“And also members discussed certain views on ensuring that the church remains relevant as well as address areas of concern that may affect Fijian’s in the future.

“The two-day choir competition was judged by guest members from the Namaka Methodist Church Cir­cuit.

“As well as a cultural presentation from a variety of churches to show­case the vibrant cultural offering that distinguishes Fijians.”

The conference collected $6700 and the next conference will be held in Adelaide in 2020.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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