Faith, Indigenous, and Nature's Moana Shaping and Safeguarding Innovations of the Sea
Oceania Talanoa (talanoa, a traditional Fijian term for "inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue") is a faith-based process seeking coherence and greater action in the care and protection of the oceans, their biomes and biodiversity which are integral to peoples' lives and culture.
In Lisbon, the Oceania Asia Faith delegation, inspired by Laudato Si' and the call to Synodality, gathers daily with policymakers, faith-based organizations, civil society networks, and media to seek opportunities and spaces for dialogue to animate and widen the circles of care for our common home.
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"The ocean is our mother and she is called such in many languages around the world. She gives us life, food, and spirituality. It is our precious jewel."
- Theresa Ardler
SPEAKERS & STORYTELLERS
International Coordinator, Justice, Peace, and Ecology Missionary Society of Saint Columban
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong
President, Federation of Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Oceania and Archbishop, Archdiocese of Suva, Fiji
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Senior Lecturer, Yarra Theological Union, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Program Officer, Caritas Tonga
Director, Gweagal Cultural Connections, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Peace, Ecology, and Justice Coordinator, Saint Columban's Mission Society, Fiji
Project Coordinator, Civil Society Forum of Tonga (Deep Sea Mining & Public Finance Management)
Pedro Walpole SJ
Network Catalyst, River Above Asia Oceania Ecclesial Network (RAOEN), Global Coordinator, Ecojesuit and Research Director, Environmental Science for Social Change, Philippines