January, 2011

Talking Pigs and Peace

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Reflections on meeting Bishop Wai Tege from UnitingWorld Intern Steph Dalton I have a pig. You steal, kill or injure my pig. You have to compensate me for the damage. You don’t. Therefore I have every right to retaliate. For a girl from Sydney, this all sounds a bit extreme. But for tribes in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, where tradition dictates the “eye for an... Read More »

Roz’s PhotoBlog: #9

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

After all that school, it’s back home for “makan” (eating – lunch, in this case), “mandi” (washing – myself, not my clothes, though both are far more common in the Bali climate… several times a day we might mandi….. it’s always either ‘sudah’ mandi (= ‘already’) or ‘belum’ (=’ not yet’). Washing often and changing into clean clothes is a VERY popular... Read More »

Roz’s PhotoBlog: #8

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

After all that school, it’s back to the staffroom with my fellow teachers to plan for tomorrow’s lessons before going home for lunch and a nap. School is 6 days a week in Indonesia, starting early between 7 and 8am, and finishing between 11 and 1:30pm depending on the age of the students. Sometimes there are afternoon lessons at around 3pm in different subjects or for extracurricular... Read More »

Effectiveness, Sustainability and Chocolate Cake Mix: Important Lessons for Development

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Insights into Development, AusAID and Learning Lessons by UnitingWorld intern Steph Dalton. As a child I was often told by my parents to either do certain things or refrain from doing certain things in order to protect myself, protect someone else or generally protect the fine balance of life. Such warnings, however, often went unheeded until something went very wrong, and I finally... Read More »

Tuvalu church leaders urge calm

Monday, January 24th, 2011

CWM reports that church leaders in the Pacific island of Tuvalu have aired an urgent radio broadcast calling for renewed peace after political tensions sparked a nationwide emergency rule. General secretary of the Uniting Church’s partner church Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (EKT), Rev Tafue Lusama said the church put out the call for peace after a politically-charged demonstration... Read More »

International Church Partners respond to Queensland floods

Monday, January 24th, 2011

UnitingWorld has been inundated with expressions of concern, support and love from our Church Partners across Asia and the Pacific in response to the Flood emergency facing large portions of Queensland. These expressions demonstrate the depth of mutuality and partnership that the Uniting Church through UnitingWorld has with our International partners. We are so grateful for their thoughts and... Read More »

Some additional messages of solidarity from our Partner Churches

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

More expressions of concern have been received from our Partner Churches. This note came from the Moderator of the Protestant Church in East Timor (Translated). We see that climate change is making a huge influence on the world now.  The Protestant Church in East Timor expresses solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Australia.  We simply pray for those brothers and sisters... Read More »

Seeking Printing Mentor

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

UnitingWorld is seeking the assistance of a Printer in Australia! We have received a request from the General Secretary of the Kiribati Protestant Church, looking for the opportunity to have a Kiribatian printer undertake a one month mentoring placement here in Australia with a local printer. While the printing technology used in Kiribati is different, the General Secretary recognises the importance... Read More »

Even more messages of solidarity from our Partner Churches

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

More messages continue to pour in from Partner Churches about the floods current flood situations across Australia. Moderator of the United Church in Solomon Islands Rev David Barakana Havea wrote to the Queensland Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Bruce Johnson with these words.   On behalf of the UCSI Church leaders and people, I would like to convey our sympathy... Read More »

More solidarity from our partner churches over flood situation

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Many of the Uniting Church partner churches have contacted UnitingWorld to express their solidarity and concern for Australians affected by the current floods in Queensland and other parts.  The following message came from the Treasurer of the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu Mr Meto Nganga.   It is very devastating to follow the events of the past week of flooding in north-east Queensland... Read More »

Pacific Conference of Churches prays for flood devastated Queensland

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The Pacific Conference of Churches has expressed deep concerned about the situation facing residents of Queensland, Australia as heavy rain and flood waters inundate parts of South-East Queensland including Brisbane and Ipswich.    The death toll so far is 10 while 90 others are missing.    The RNA Show ground in Brisbane has been set up to be the main evacuation centre expected... Read More »

Roz’s PhotoBlog: #7

Monday, January 10th, 2011

After further study, I’m pretending that these photos of Sport take place at a civilised hour (But instead, Sport is at 6am! Yes, it’s certainly cooler then, but as Janu says, riding your bike for 25 minutes to school in the dark past/around the millions of dogs lying along the road (well, perhaps it only seems like millions!) is a challenging start to the day! I don’t actually... Read More »

Why won’t Jakarta listen?

Friday, January 7th, 2011

There are few things to celebrate in Papua. In this Melanesian and predominantly Christian province, local voices never seem to be heard. Despite this, Papuans have raised their voices once again. An Open Letter was prepared by Papuan and some other Indonesian civil society groups and sent to the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyona, on 29th December 2010. This letter lists... Read More »

Religious groups must learn to live together

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

A recent news report from Jakarta tells how thousands of Muslims were deployed across the city to protect Christians as they gathered to celebrate Christmas in 2010. The world’s biggest Muslim organisation in the world, Nahdlatul Ulama, was behind this initiative and it led to expressions of appreciation and praise by Indonesia’s minority Christian community. The Indonesian Communion... Read More »