Public Conference - Preaching Christ in the Land of the Unexpected | Dominican University College

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Date: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 19:30
Location: 
Dominican University College, 96 Empress Ave., Ottawa

 

Preaching Christ in the Land of the Unexpected: Challenges for the Church in Melanesia

Public conference: Fr. Martin Wallace, OP

October 25, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - Faculty of Theology


The conference offers essentially a personal perspective on Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. First, we will look briefly at the geography and ethnic diversity of Melanesia, and the history of the encounter with Europeans. Then we will move to the current situation. We will assess the positive and negative aspects of Melanesian society for the spread of the Gospel:  the “Melanesian way”; the “wantok” system; awareness of the spiritual; a “Christian country”.

We will discuss particular challenges faced today: corruption in public life; exploitation by big business; AIDS and other health issues; cults, superstition and witchcraft; domestic violence; alcohol abuse; proselytizing. Finally, we will explore some issues providing hope for the future: vocations; transparency movement; free press and independent judiciary; ecumenism.

Fr. Martin Wallace has been Master of Students for the Dominicans, and a lecturer in Church History and English Language at the National Seminary of Papua New Guinea for eight years.  He is originally from Sydney, Australia. He is currently pursuing a graduate canonical degree in Canon Law at Saint-Paul University in Ottawa, while residing at the Dominican Priory.