June, 2009

UnitingWorld magazine now available

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Our first issue since we changed our name is hot off the press. UnitingWorld magazine explores the work of UnitingWorld both overseas and Australia. Inside this issue you can find articles on allowing your church to engage globally,  postcards from our overseas volunteers, an update on our advocacy work on trade justice, a personal response of a Tamil Australian to the Sri Lankan civil war, and much... Read More »

North Korea Publicity

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

On Thursday 4th June, Associate Director for Church Solidarity (Asia, John Barr) and Communication Coordinator, Amy Goodhew travelled into North Korea for three days to view UnitingWorld projects in the country. UnitingWorld runs an orphanage, TB clinic and computer training school in Rason City, the the North East of the country. Also under construction is a nurses school and a larger TB clinic to... Read More »

2000 PNG young people on the way to Australia

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

An agreement between the governments of PNG and Australia will see around 2000 PNG students coming to Australia annually from next year to be trained in various fields. The aim is to develop human resources as skilled professionals in PNG, who will then take on the country’s development. The agreement was reached during a recent PNG-Australian Ministerial Forum held in Brisbane. National Planning... Read More »

UnitingWorld in the Fijian Press

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

In May this year a team of Australian doctors, supported by UnitingWorld, headed to Fiji to carry out eye surgery at Lautoka Hospital. The team performed 93 operations for the community including five children as young as six years old. To download and read media clippings from Fiji regarding the trip please click here.  

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Fiji Women's Rights

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

On 28th May Sophie Foster, an associate editor of the Fiji Times, delivered a courageous speech on Women’s Rights to graduates of the Emerging Leaders Forum. The program aims to introduce young leaders to issues facing young women in fiji and is run by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. To read the speech please click here.  

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Fiji Women’s Rights

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

On 28th May Sophie Foster, an associate editor of the Fiji Times, delivered a courageous speech on Women’s Rights to graduates of the Emerging Leaders Forum. The program aims to introduce young leaders to issues facing young women in fiji and is run by the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. To read the speech please click here.  

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ECREA Says Fiji Church Meeting Ban Affects Religious Freedom

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Fiji’s Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy says the interim regime shouldn’t cancel the Methodist Church conference as it impinges on religious freedoms. Police and the military issued a statement ordering the church to cancel their annual meeting in August saying some church members were trying to bring instability to the country. ECREA director Chantelle Khan says it... Read More »

Fiji Government Adamant with Earlier Decision

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has again re-affirmed Government’s earlier decision not to give permit to the Methodist Church for the annual Methodist Church of Fiji conference. Bainimarama says his meeting with Methodist executives this morning did not produce any positive results and that their earlier decision will not be altered. “The decision is that we’ve postponed... Read More »

Relief and Development Annual Report Now Available

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The 2008 Annual Report for UnitingWorld’s Relief and Development programs is now available for download. The report gives an overview of our Relief and Development work in 2008 as well as financial reports for this period. To download your copy please click here.  

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Fiji Methodists Wait

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Fiji Methodists Wait Fiji Methodist Church leaders have met the Prime Minister and his senior military officers and are anxiously awaiting word on whether their annual conference will go ahead. Neither the church ministers nor PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama spoke to the media after their hour-long meeting at Government Buildings today. Methodist Church General Secretary Reverand Tuikilakila Waqairatu... Read More »

Uniting Church Supports Fiji Methodists

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

The Uniting Church in Australia has today expressed grave concern for its partner church, the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. Uniting Church President, Rev. Gregor Henderson, said he is distressed that the Fijian military and police have been intimidating Methodist Church ministers, and have announced the government will prohibit the church from holding its Annual Conference in August. Click here... Read More »

A Background on the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma is the largest Christian denomination in Fiji, with 36.2 percent of the total population subscribing. The Methodist Church forms a key part of Fiji’s social power structure with its President being Rev. Ame Tugaue, General Secretary Rev Tuikilakila Waqairatu and Deputy General Secretary, Rev. Tevita Banivanua. Click here to read more.  

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