THE new Moderators of two of the Uniting Church’s important Pacific partners will visit Queensland in July as part of a leadership development program sponsored by UnitingWorld.
Bishop Bernard Siai, Moderator-elect of the United Church in Papua New Guinea, will take up his post as Moderator in October 2012 leading a church of around 600 000 members spread across most of PNG.
UnitingWorld Associate Director (Pacific) Mr Bruce Mullan said the United Church in PNG is the largest of the Uniting Church’s Pacific partners.
Rev Wilfred Kurepitu is the newly appointed Moderator of the United Church in Solomon Islands, a church of 60 000 members mainly in the Western New Pacific Province of the country.
“Both these leaders will have significant roles not just in their own churches but also in the wider Melanesian communities where their churches are located,” said Mr Mullan.
UnitingWorld has invited Mr Siai and Mr Kurepitu to spend time in Australia taking advantage of a variety of leadership development opportunities and meeting with key Australian church leaders.
The Queensland Synod UnitingWorld Support Group invites people to meet with the Pacific visitors at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Brisbane City, on Tuesday 10 July from 9.30am.
For more information contact Beth Clarke on 3408 3082 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo : Moderator-elect Rev Bernard Siai will lead the United Church in PNG. Photo courtesy of Bruce Mullan