The opening of the coconut curtain: Pacific influence on the world council of churches through the campaign for a nuclear-free pacific, 1961 to 2000

Christine Weir

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    This paper investigates the influence of Pacific Church leaders within the wider forum of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and their promotion of Pacific concerns - primarily the campaign for a nuclear free Pacific and other ecological concerns. The 1975 WCC Assembly held in Nairobi marked the move of the WCC from a predominantly North Atlantic body to a fully global one, with an emphasis on African issues and with Pacific church leaders elected to the WCC Central Committee. From 1975 the Pacific presence increased within the WCC, with a Pacific President from 1991. In an interesting example of the interaction of local and international activism, Pacific church leaders both used links with the ecumenical body to educate themselves on theology, science and campaigning skills, and used the platform of WCC Assemblies to bring their concerns to a worldwide audience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)116-138
    JournalJournal of Pacific History
    Volume54
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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