Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

I’m good at languages — so why can’t I speak Sāmoan? Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

I’ve loved languages since Year 9, when I started learning French and Japanese at Baradene College, in Remuera. The only other language on offer at the time was German — there was no te reo Māori, and definitely no Sāmoan on the menu. (To put that in context, it was the ‘90s and I was Read more

Christianity in the Digital Age: New tools to understand emerging cultures Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Digital age

Christians, and other religious communities, have long adapted to changes in media technologies. The emergence of writing, the move from scroll to codex, the printing press, the spread of literacy, the development of electronic media (radio, telephone, film, and television), and the subsequent rise of digital communication (social media, websites, digital publishing) provide obvious examples. Read more

CQ Tick becoming the new trend for cultural capability Comments 0

Monday, March 19th, 2018

An increasing number of businesses and government organisations are now getting certified for cultural capability through the CQ Tick. The CQ Tick is a measure of an organisation’s cultural capability as a critical competency for 21st Century leaders – and for their organisations to win diverse customers and to retain diverse staff – is the Read more

Is it lawful in Fiji to have race-based church structures? Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Is it constitutional to have a race-based division in an institution in Fiji? That is the question being asked after the Methodist Church in Fiji recently decided that it will continue to have an Indian Division in the church. Last year the superintendent of the Indian Division of the Church, Reverend Dr Immanuel Reuben, tabled Read more

Spiritual lessons from Game of Thrones Comments 0

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Every once in a while, it’s good to step back and scan the horizon of contemporary culture. It’s beneficial on many levels to recognize what’s popular, and to honestly discern: How is a particular cultural phenomenon affecting the life of Christian believers? How can this phenomenon be “baptized” and used to help people of faith? Read more

Can a parish priest make everyone happy in a multicultural parish? Comments 0

Monday, August 7th, 2017

A wet knot on a pair of sneakers is hard to untie – even harder when they’re on your feet. As the pastor of a multigenerational, multicultural, and multilingual (Spanish, Vietnamese, and English) parish, I at times feel responsible for untying a lot of wet knots. Farm workers from Central Mexico founded the parish where Read more

Archbishop Chong – churches must be ready to challenge injustice Comments 0

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Churches must be ready to challenge village councils when leaders act unjustly says the Archbishop of Suva Peter Loy Chong. He was speaking after a Justice and Development Commission Seminar entitled “Reading the Signs of the Times in Fiji – Catholic Social Teaching and Socio-Political Issues”. “There are times when the church will tell village Read more

Having lost the culture wars, should Christians withdraw? Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Conservative Christians in America are enjoying fresh winds of political favor. In his first month in office, President Trump upheld his promise to nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice. Last week, his administration rescinded former guidelines allowing transgender students to use the public school bathrooms of their choice. And evangelical leaders report having direct access Read more

No one can be forced to attend church services Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017
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The question of Sunday church attendance has been raised in Fiji, in the course of a consultation about village by-laws which is taking place there. Responding suggestions some villagers have made for a village by-law stating that everyone living in villages should attend church every Sunday Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua says no one Read more

Catholic culture and the Nativity scene at the Vatican Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

ROME – Just as with department store windows in the United States, reminders in Rome that Christmas is coming seem to start popping up earlier and earlier ever year. Of course Italians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but it’s worth pointing out that Turkey Day just happened and it feels like Christmas season is here. This week, Read more