July, 2009

Eye Care team restoring sight in Vanuatu

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Until the 2nd of August a team of seven UnitingWorld supported medical specialists from Melbourne are working in Vanuatu to conduct eye health clinics to isolated communities. Clinics are taking place on the islands of Mota and Vanua Lava, the Banks group and the remote Torres group of islands. More information is available in our Relief and Development Projects section and also through one of... Read More »

Fiji Sun reports State-Church deal

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The Fiji Sun has today reported a deal between the Govermment and the Methodist Church. Reports coming out of Fiji concerning the understanding reached between the Methodist Church and the Government come out of a context of strict censorship and government monitoring. The Fiji Prime Minister has consistently said he wants the media only reporting positive news. The Methodist Church has sought to contribute... Read More »

Concern for West Papua

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Christian churches in West Papua are working together to raise concerns and speak clearly on behalf of the people of West Papua. A recent statement issued on 28th July 2009 by the Alliance of Churches in the Land of Papua (West Papua) raises concerns about ongoing violence and intimidation in “Tanah Papua” (the “Land of Papua” or West Papua). Importantly, the statement calls on the central... Read More »

New reports on Pacific climate change

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The Future is Here: Climate Change in the Pacific (Oxfam) found that climate change is already being felt in the Pacific and that island nations need greater support now. It argues that unless developed countries take urgent action to curb emissions, some island nations face the very real threat of becoming uninhabitable. A fair-weather friend: Australia’s relationship with a climate-changed... Read More »

Further news from Fiji

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Bruce Mullan, Associate Director, Church Solidarity (Pacific) has returned from Fiji, after flying to the Pacific nation to express the solidarity of the Uniting Church in Australia with our partner church, The Methodist Church of  Fiji and Rotuma. He brings news of further developments in Fiji. The Rev Lasaro and Rev Kanailagi have been charged for breaching permit condition at the Standing Committee... Read More »

Methodist Ministers granted bail

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Update 23.07.2009 – 4:15 p.m. This afternoon the President of the Methodist Church in Fiji, the Reverend Ame Tugaue, and the General Secretary, the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, appeared in Suva Court charged with an offence under the Fiji Public Order Act. The charge arose as police allege that the Methodist Church did not comply with the Police Permit that set conditions for the meeting... Read More »

Latest Update from Fiji

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

22.07.2009 – 3.15pm UnitingWorld has received an update from reliable sources in Fiji regarding the welfare of the detained Church leaders. Mr. Peceli Kinivuwai, spokesman of the United Fiji Party, who was detained last night, has been released this afternoon. However Rev. Tuikilakila, Rev. Lasaro and Rev. Kanailagi are still being held and are waiting for the arrival of the Prime Minister to... Read More »

Uniting Church supports Fijian Methodist leaders

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The Uniting Church in Australia has today offered its prayerful support for the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, the day after four Methodist Church leaders were detained at the Army Camp. The Uniting Church received word overnight that the Methodist Church’s General Secretary, Accountant, and two Past Presidents were all being held at the Army Camp for interrogation. Click here to read more.  

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Fiji – Latest News

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

UnitingWorld has released a statement regarding the latest developments in Fiji. UnitingWorld will remain in close contact with the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma and provide any updates as they come to hand. Click here to download and read the statement from UnitingWorld. The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has also released a statement expressing concern about the detaining and interrogating... Read More »

Strong support for Fiji church

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia resolved on July 20 to convey its support to the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. Partner churches there are seeking to work under highly restrictive government regulations. The Sydney meeting resolved also to invite Australian church members to pray for the Fiji churches especially at the time of its scheduled annual conference. The proposal was... Read More »

Uniting Church 12th Assembly adopts Trade Justice Paper

Monday, July 20th, 2009

On Saturday 18th July 2009 the Uniting Church in Australia 12th Assembly adopted by agreement a Trade Justice Paper produced by UnitingWorld. The paper, “Trade Justice – A Uniting Church View”, provides a biblical and theological basis for reflection and action on trade. You can download a copy of the paper here. Other resources are also available to download here.  

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UnitingWorld hosts overseas guests for the 12th Assembly

Monday, July 20th, 2009

As part of the Uniting Church in Australia 12th Assembly, UnitingWorld is hosting a number of guests from our overseas partners to share in discussions, excursions and luncheons. We are hosting the following guests for the Assembly: Mr Iaveta Short – Legal Advisor, Cook Islands Christian Church Pastor Philippe Capoa – President, Eglise Evangelique en Nouvelle Caledonie Rev. Hawea Jackson... Read More »

Prominent Fijian democracy leader in Brisbane

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Rev Akuila Yabaki a Fiji Methodist Minister and head of the Fijian Citizen’s Constitutional Forum (CCF), and will be speaking at the University of Queensland next Monday afternoon, July 20, bringing a rare and highly informed view of what is happening and likely to happen in Fiji, now under a military dictatorship. The CCF has steered a path through Fiji’s coups of 2000 – 2001, again... Read More »

Grave fears for safety after church member 'disappears' while in police detention in the Philippines

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Dennis Paradero Rodinas, 35, an active member of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, was reportedly arrested by a team of the Provincial Regional Mobile Unit (PRMU) of the Philippines National Police in barangay Villaba in Tangub City. He has subsequently ‘disappeared’ and there are grave fears for his safety. The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is a partner... Read More »

Grave fears for safety after church member ‘disappears’ while in police detention in the Philippines

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Dennis Paradero Rodinas, 35, an active member of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, was reportedly arrested by a team of the Provincial Regional Mobile Unit (PRMU) of the Philippines National Police in barangay Villaba in Tangub City. He has subsequently ‘disappeared’ and there are grave fears for his safety. The United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is a partner... Read More »