University of Auckland School of Theology doctoral students recently presented several papers at the Oceania Biblical Studies Association meeting at the Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji. This conference was organized by our very own Dr Nasili Vaka’uta. Held on 1-3 August at PTC’s Jovili Meo Mission Centre, the event’s featured speaker was Jione Havea of the United Theological College/Charles Sturt University. Three of the conference’s ten session papers were presented by PhD candidates in the SoT: “Discipleship in Matthew 4:12- 25 from tautua i le va (serve/service in-between)” by Vaitusi Nofoaiga; “Teu le Va’: The Samoan Cosmic-Community in Aotearoa. Preserving Harmonious Relationships … Where is the Harmony?” by Terry Pouono; and “Gafataulimaina Reading Perspective: A Samoan Ecological Hermeneutics” by Arthur Wulf. In addition, Matt Tomlinson, a visitor to the SOT who is conducting a research project on emerging Oceanic theologies, presented a paper titled “Anthropological Perspectives on Oceanic Biblical Interpretation.” Papers from the event are slated to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Pacific Journal of Theology. For information on the event, and on OBSA in general, see here.
Report by Dr Matt Tomlinson