2018 Conference - Suva, Fiji

APTO 2018 Conference, Suva Fiji

Weaving Theology in Oceania: Culture, Context and Practice

Evening Sat 17th November to Evening Wed 21st November 2018

Travel Tips

International Flights from Australia and New Zealand arrive in Nadi. From Nadi to Suva there is the options of flying or coach from the Nadi Airport. Coach Journey at least 3 Hours.


Pacific Regional Seminary (PRS) 

461 Queen Elizabeth Drive  Nasese, Suva, Fiji


University of the South Pacific

Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

Sheets are supplied but not Towels and soap/ shampoo etc So please bring these items. Also if possible pack a plate/bowl and knife/fork andspoon ( we suggest plastic) for yourself for  breakfast  Breakfast is not supplied as part of the room price however  APTO will supply breakfast items – fruit, Yogurt, cereal  and milk for participants available in each small kitchen area. It would help greatly if you could pack your own plate etc and utensils for breakfast as these items are expensive in Fiji.      
Other meals -lunch and dinner are supplied at the Pacific Regional Seminary as part of the Conference program. The Conference dinner will be at a local restaurant at your own cost if you wish to attend. 

Notes from Final Talanoa Session

Keynote Speakers:

  • Rev Dr Upolu Luma VaaiHead of Theology and Ethics, Associate Professor at Pacific Theological College

    Eco-Relational Theology: The Trinitarian Structure of Life in Oceania 

  • Rev Dr Seforosa Carroll-  Uniting Church Minister and Theologian, Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre, Charles Sturt University, originally from Fiji - Weaving  Women, Theology, & Dialogue

  • Dr Sr Malia Keiti Ann Kanongata'a - Missiologist from TongaEmpowering women: Responding to the violence and abuse of spousal love/relationship.

  • Dr Debra Snoddy  Scripture Scholar at Catholic Institute of SydneyMary: Woman of the Gospel Woman of Faith
  • Most Rev Dr Peter Loy Chong - Catholic Archbishop of SuvaLaudato Si: Implications for Pacific peoples
  • Dr. Claire Wolfteich- Professor, Boston University School of Theology Co-Director, Centre for Practical Theology via  Video and Audio Link 

    Creative Callings: Re-Envisioning Vocation in Contemporary Contexts

Plenary Workshops

Rev Dr Arthur Leger -  Leadership in context

Sr Evelina Tuia  smf, Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia  - Contemporary marriage Issues in the Pacific

Rev Dr Donato Kivi -

Towards a Marian Ecological Spirituality for the Formation and Re-evangelization of the Vanua: The People and the Land of Fiji.

The 2018 APTO conference is for practical-pastoral theologians, reflective pastoral practitioners, teachers, researchers and policy makers and research students from all Christian denominations across the whole of Oceania in range of fields listed below and beyond:
Mission ● Welfare ● Health Care ● Theological education ● Formation for Ministry ● Environment ● Social Justice ● Politics ● Housing ● Employment ● Story -Preaching ● Adult Faith Education ● Pastoral Care ● Clinical Pastoral Education ● Social Media ● Economic policy ● Neo-Colonialism ● Marriage and Family ● Disability ● Social Research ● Church Life Research ● Domestic Violence ●  Women in the Church ● Migration &Refugee policy ● Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education ● Religious Education - Catechetical Instruction.
 Cost: Conference only, $300 (Australian)  Pacific/PNG Delegate $200 (Australian)