Fiji stories, Labasa, South Pacific culture, family, migration, Australia/Fiji relationship
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Pacific Islanders prominent in the Uniting Church
Our Uniting Church birthday service was at St Andrews' East Geelong, led by ministers - Rev Sani (from Samoa) and Rev Ikani (from Tonga). The Pacific Islanders are keeping the church alive it seems! Five congregations gathered together. It was formal with the addition of a play, a gospel action chorus by the Uniting youth (a Samoan slap dance) a lovely choir piece by people from Leopold, and instead of a sermon the two ministers engaged in a conversation about the two lectionary readings. The organist who is about 95 played the excellent pipe organ, a Fincham ,and still knows which stops to pull out! Afterwards we had a shared lunch in the hall and there was lots of talanoa with catching up with friends.
Babasiga (pronounced bambasinga) is the dry land of Macuata in northern Fiji - our place in the sun in Fiji. Peceli is from Fiji from the village is Vatuadova and the beach is Nukutatava. Peceli Ratawa passed away on 27th December 2015 so this is Wendy's blog now. Wendy is an Australian and today live in Geelong, Australia.