October, 2009

Support for Reunification on the Korean Peninsula

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Significant steps towards peace were made last week as an international consultation took place in Hong Kong. The World Council of Churches supported consultation focused on reconciliation and reunification on the Korean Peninsula and brought together church leaders and participants from North and South Korea. Some 137 church leaders from across the globe also participated including representatives... Read More »

An Update from Samoa

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Last week, Rob Floyd Associate Director Relief and Development, met with leaders from the Methodist Church in Samoa to discuss relief efforts. The leaders took Rob to a village, Satitoa, in South-East Upolu that suffered the loss of 15 lives as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. He has reported back on the impact of the disaster on this village and the relief effort that is planned for the area. To... Read More »

Samoa Relief Effort to Focus on Early Recovery and Rebuilding

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Following discussions between Rob Floyd, UnitingWorld Associate Director for Relief and Development, and our partners, the Methodist Church in Samoa and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, the relief effort of the Uniting Church in Australia will be focused on early recovery and rebuilding.  “Thank you for your concern and prayers. We are much encouraged and blessed by the support of... Read More »

Sumatra Medical Teams in need of Prayer and Financial Support

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

A report received overnight from Rev. Kuntadi Sumadikarya, Head of GKI Humanitarian (Indonesian Christian Church), has detailed the significant relief efforts of the church’s medical teams to date.  The first teams returned from the Padang area on 13th October after caring for thousands of people not covered by other response efforts and distributing essential food and aid material. Full details... Read More »

Update on Sumatra Earthquake Medical Team

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The UnitingWorld earthquake relief partner in the aftermath of the Sumatra earthquake is The Indonesian Christian Church (GKI). Rev. Kuntadi Sumadikarya (Moderator of the West Java Synod) has been in contact with our office overnight to report that the 17 member medical team arrived in Padang on Tuesday 6/10/09. “We are working in the villages outside Padang city where other task forces missed them.... Read More »

Urgent Placement in Fiji

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Media and Communications Consultant/Coordinator for Fiji (fully funded position ready now for between 3 months and 6+ months) UnitingWorld  has a critical placement available for a communications / journalist / media liaison specialist to work side by side with our partners in the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. This is a key, strategic role to assist our partners develop and manage a communications... Read More »

Pacific Tsunami Threat and South India Floods

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Kathy Pereira, Associate Director, Experience Programs, has been in contact with the Secretary for Development of Kiribati Protestant Church, Beenati Nenebati, after two powerful earthquakes stuck off the coast of Vanuatu this morning. The church was one of 11 Pacific nations to receive a tsunami warning and is very concerned about the fate of their low lying island. There have not yet been any reports... Read More »

October E-News

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

CONTENT: Emergency Relief Appeals | Change Appeal | Voices for Justice | Pacific Issues | Everything in Common | Experience | Peacemaking Emergency Relief Appeals UnitingWorld has launched a number of emergency relief appeals in response to the devastating natural disasters that have struck across Asia and the Pacific. In the wake of typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines, the Pacific tsunamis and... Read More »

Update from the Philippines

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

UnitingWorld has received the following update from our partner, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), regarding the aftermath of the floods and the relief effort. With the arrival of a second typhoon, Parma, the people of Manila and other flood affected areas of the Philippines fear a further deluge and landslides. Many have evacuated their homes to relief centres as 16 towns and... Read More »

Sumatra Earthquake Appeal

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

UnitingWorld has launched an emergency relief appeal in response to the devastating impact of the Sumatran earthquake. The quake claimed the lives of more than 600 and destroyed health and livelihood infrastructure. The area of Padang now faces immediate health concerns as well as a massive rebuilding effort. The appeal will support two teams of doctors to provide medical assistance to those affected... Read More »

Tax Deductible Giving Coupon for Disaster Appeals

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

In the event of Churches holding a special offering for the victims of the Samoa Tsunami or Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines we have on our website downloadable donation coupons. Individuals can also complete and return the coupon. Donations can also be made online via the links on this page, by calling 1800 998 122 or by mail PO Box A2266 Sydney South 1235. To download a donation coupon for the... Read More »

Prayer Resource for Pacific and Asian Disasters: Sunday 4th October

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

This week has seen natural disasters devastate communities in the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia. UnitingWorld has developed a prayer resource for use in congregations and calls upon Uniting Church services to set aside a special time for prayer this Sunday. The resource includes an interactive prayer and powerpoint images. See links below. To download the prayer resource click here To download... Read More »