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THE MELANESIAN INSTITUTE STORIES
 

Upcoming Cultural Orientation Course (January 8 – 26, 2018 at the Melanesian Institute)

 


 

Upcoming Cultural Orientation Course (January 8 – 26, 2018 at the Melanesian Institute)

MI promotes fair understanding of indigenous values, customs and socio-cultural changes among diverse Melanesian societies through culture-related courses.  We continue to upgrade the Courses as our ‘heritage service’ to the varying missions and societies in PNG. 

Our annual 3-week Cultural Orientation Course (COC) is coming up in 2018 (January 8 – 26).  Please see the Course Program below, with  some notable developments: 

  • The Course is to be held at the MI Campus (for the first time). 
  • New topics have been included to address emerging issues in PNG and beyond. 
  • Sessions are thematically clustered and arranged to build up an integrated framework that underlines the interplay of faith, culture, and society: “Land of the Unexpected, Culture/s to be respected, Faith to be uplifted”.
  • Thematic panel discussions are set in the afternoon to complement the morning presentations, with invited ‘local stakeholders’ on respective fields of interests.
  • The Course is now open to ‘non-expatriate’ or local participants, full-time or on ‘walk-in’ basis. 

 

For further information, you may contact:

Sr. Celine Sinipo, SSpS  (MI Education Dept. staff)
phone 531 1777/ fax 532 1214  (office hours: 8-12am, 1-4:30pm)
email:  sspsbuka@gmail.com

 

Program for M.I. Cultural Orientation Course
(January 8 – 26 2018)

Theme:   PNG Mission:  land of the UNEXPECTED…cultures to be RESPECTED… faith to be UPLIFTED

 

Morning Sessions:
8:45-10; 10:30-12

Afternoon Session:
2:30 – 4:15

Afternoon/ Evening
4:30 – 6

Week 1

Mission & Contextualization

Mon
8 Jan

 

 

Welcome 

MI Profile: History & Trajectory

Tues
9 Jan

1. Course Rationale & Overview (JB)

2. Melanesian Peoples’ Origins, Diversity & Indigeneity (MT)

3. Colonialism, Cross-cultural Encounter & Post-Colonial Vestiges (JB)

film: First Contact

Wed
10 Jan

1. Traditional Melanesian Worldview/s, Religiosity & Rituals (MT/GK)

2. Inculturation of Christianity & Contemporary Challenges (BH/BD)

Group process (MT)

film: Dead Birds

Thurs
11 Jan

 

1. Traditional Melanesian Ethics,   Values  & Christian Morality (UP)

2. Christianization,  Mission Impact &  Present-Day Religious Affiliations (JT)

Thematic Panel/Forum
(GK)

 

film: Voices of the Forest

Fri
12 Jan

 

1. Localization & Indigenization of the Mission (BD/BH)

2. Mission & Multiculturalism:
Inter-Cultural Mission & Living (MT) 

 

 

Thematic Panel/Forum (MT/GK)

film: Missionaries PNG

Sat
13 Jan

 

1. Mission & Mercy:
Contextualization of Mission
& Compassion (Sal Army)

2. Mission & Money: Financial Sustainability & Accountability in the Mission  (AS)

Free/ preparation for evening social

Social Evening (1)
(Host Group)

Sun
14 Jan

Free for Sunday Worship/ Ministry
(bus service:  drop off/ pick up)

Free

film: (optional)

Week 2

Social Institutions and Integration

Mon
15 Jan

1. Gender Relations & Ideologies 
(Past & Present)  (CS/JT)

2. Marriage &  Family Life
(Past & Present)  (CS/HS)

 

 

Thematic Panel/Forum
(papa/mamagrup)

film:  Stap Isi,
Pawa Meri

Tues
16 Jan

 

1. Parenthood, Parenting & Child Care (Past & Present) (PW/FW)

2. Kinship, Clan Identity & Social Organization  (Past & Present) (JT)

 

 

Group process (JT)

film: Marabe

Wed
17 Jan

 

1. Adolescence & Youth Development
(understanding the Young Generation) (JB)

2. Healthy & Unhealthy lifestyles
(alcohol & substance abuse)(MT)

 

 

 

Thematic Panel/Forum
(settlement youth)

film: Tukana

Thurs
18 Jan

 

1. Health Beliefs, Illnesses & Vulnerable Groups
(Disability & HIV-AIDs)  (Dr.GS)

2. Sorcery-Related Beliefs, Disputes  & Challenges
(Demystifying jealousy, causality & accountability) (JB)

Thematic Panel/Forum
(DPO)

film: Kuru

Fri
19 Jan

 

1. Politics, Public Leadership & Governance  (ASimbai)

2. Law & (dis)Order, Human Rights & Justice system (JT)

 

 

Thematic Panel/Forum
(VC magistrates)

film: Tinpis Run

 

Sat
20 Jan

1. Cross-Cultural anxieties &  Managing social stressors (MT)

2. Old Age, Death  & Mortuary Practices  (CS/JT)

Free/preparation for evening social

Social Evening (2)
(Host Group)

Sun
21 Jan

Free for Sunday Worship/ Ministry
(bus service:  drop off/ pick up)

 

 film: (optional)

Week 3

Social Mobility & Sustainability

Mon
22 Jan

1. Education, Literacy & Social Mobility (GK)

2. Employment, Enterprise & Economic Class  (working w/ Papua New Guineans) (AS)

 

 

Thematic Panel/Forum
(expat managers)

film: The Last Paradise

Tues
23 Jan

 

1. Land Rights, Customary Tenure & Market Economy (JT)

2. Environment, Climate Change Adaptation & Development (UP)

 

 

Thematic Panel/Forum
(BRG/RCF)

film: Bikpela Bagarap

Wed
24 Jan

1. Migration, Urbanization & Human Settlement  (JB)

2. Poverty, Vulnerability & Money/ Cash Economy  (JB)

 

 

Thematic Panel/Forum
(women entrepreneurs)

film: Maria & Cowboy Town

Thurs
25 Jan

 

1. Grassroots Movements & Development: Threats & Opportunities  (CDA/TTU)

2.Summing Up & Way Forward (JB)

Evaluation & Feedback session
(CS/JT)

preparation for cultural evening

Cultural Evening
(Host Group)

Fri

Departure