; charset=UTF-8" /> Installation of New Officers, United Samoan Ministries, UCC : Connecting Voices
Free hacker tools

Installation of New Officers, United Samoan Ministries, UCC

samoan-installation-copyCongratulations to the formation of the United Samoan Ministries, USM, a special interest ministry in the United Church of Christ. General Synod 29 at Long Beach, California (2013) passed a resolution for the United Samoan Ministries to be recognized as a member of the Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries, COREM, and also as a member of the Historically Under-represented Group, HUG. After GS 29, the former President and General Minister, Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Black and his wife, Rev. Dr. James Moos, Executive Minister for the Wider Church, and Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, met with Samoan Ministries Table at The First Samoan Church of Los Angeles.

This ministry was further formalized at General Synod 30 in Cleveland in 2015, whereby a group of Interim officers were elected. They led the ministry till the permanent officers could be elected. History was made on August 18, 2016 in Lakewood, CA when the first officers of the United Samoan Ministries (USM) were installed.

The installation of the Officers was officiated by Rev. Rudolph van Graan, Associate Conference Minister for Volunteer Ministries of the SCNC. The new officers are: Moderator, Rev. Sepulona Tanuvasa (Samoan Ministries Table, SCNC), Vice-Moderator, Rev. Elder Tauoa Head (Northern California Nevada Conference), Secretary, Rev. Iese Tuuao (Hawaii Conference), Secretary Treasurer, Rev. Taisi Alaelua (SCNC), Treasurer, Rev. Leaoga Tanuvasa (SCNR), and Historian, Mrs. Foai Tanuvasa (SCNC). The USM consists of five official regions. Only three regions had representation at the meeting and while the majority of the representatives were from Samoan Ministries Table of the SCNC, the dream is to expand the representation to include all Samoan ministries in the United Church of Christ.

The celebration coincided with also celebrating some upgrades in the facilities of the Vai Ole Ola Congregational Church, in Lakewood, CA. In true Samoan fashion the celebration was accompanied by a scrumptious traditional meal and the most interesting “custom of goodwill” by which individuals send one another money.

We are proud to have a large contingent of Samoan churches in the SCNC. We value the covenant that exists among us and support each other’s ministries. Congratulations to the new officers of the USM. May their new ministry be richly blessed!

Comments are closed.