Vol 3, No 1, 2004

Pearls in the Deep: Inculturation and Ecclesia in Oceania

Philip Gibbs SVD

Abstract

Ecclesia in Oceania mentions Blessed Mary Mackillop in that "her holiness was as Australian as she was Australian" (no.6). This article explores the challenges confronting Christians throughout Oceania in this respect, whether they be Samoan, Melanesian or New Zealanders. Community, inculturation and a renewed proclamation of the Gospel in ways appropriate for the peoples of Oceania are the key themes and insights emerging from the Synod. It is argued that that these themes cannot be taken in isolation and that inculturation and/or contextualisation must be an essential element in planning for the future.