April, 2011

Our Japanese partners face major challenges

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The largest earthquake to hit Japan since records have been kept hit the north east coast on 11th March. It triggered a 10 metre tsunami that swamped the coastline. More than 13,000 people are recorded dead and another 14,000 people are missing. Estimates indicate the total death toll will pass the 30,000 mark. Cities have […]  

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Miracles in North Korea

Friday, April 29th, 2011

It’s a “miracle medicine”! That’s how people in North Korea describe an everyday medication used for simple pain relief. Ibuprofen is available almost everywhere. Here in Australia ibuprofen can be purchased off the supermarket shelf as Nurofen, Panafen or Herron Blue. Simple relief for headaches, back pain, toothache etc. can be found here. It’s cheap, […]  

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The Melanesian demographic dilemma

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Statistics give a window on the demographic challenge facing Melanesia.  More than half the population is under 24.  Across the Pacific, Melanesia  has the highest growth rates both in terms of population (average  is 2.0 per cent) and urbanisation.  The Solomon Islands, for instance, shows an urban growth rate of 4.7 per cent as apposed […]  

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Building bridges in North Korea

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

On Anzac Day the Sydney Morning Herald published a front page photograph (at left – Photo: AP) of the Prime Minister coming face-to-face with a North Korean soldier. This took place during Ms Gillard’s recent visit to the demillitarised zone that separates north and south on the Korean Peninsula. Only a thick glass window separates the Prime […]  

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the preciousness of Vai

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Guest blogger Michelle Erofeyeff (UnitingWorld National Committee member) offers the final in a series of reflections on her experiences throughout Lent Event 2011. Many of our overseas brothers and sisters need to walk kilometres each day just to get their daily water. So this past Sunday, our congregation held a Water Walk this past Sunday […]  

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Our West Epping Water Walk, Sunday 17th April

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

We certainly attracted some strange looks from passers by- over 20 people walking through the streets of Epping carrying large containers of water. Some stopped to ask what we were doing while others avoided us. Those who asked were very receptive to our answer: “We’re taking part in a water walk. We are walking in […]  

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Out of our comfort zone

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Guest blogger Andrew Thornley offers the third of a series of reflections on his congregations, and his own, experience throughout Lent Event 2011. I managed to fast this last week. Because I had forgotten the previous week, I had to make a conscious decision to remember this time. I do feel better for it, but […]  

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Building sacred friendships

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Guest blogger Michelle Erofeyeff (UnitingWorld National Committee member) offers the fourth in a series of reflections on her experiences throughout Lent Event 2011. Last week I came across a funny article in The Economist about the ‘gobbledegook’ of NGO (Non-government organisation) speak. Vocabulary like ‘capacity building,’ ‘stakeholder’ and ‘empowerment’ has become second nature... Read More »

The spiritual discipline of Lent Event

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Guest blogger Andrew Thornley offers the second of a series of reflections on his experiences throughout Lent Event 2011. Last week I completely forgot to observe a fast on Friday, which is something I had pledged to do as part of Lent Event. I was so disappointed in myself for simply forgetting something that was […]  

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Life without coffee

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Guest blogger Michelle Erofeyeff (UnitingWorld National Committee member) offers the third of a series of reflections on her experience of Lent through Lent Event I’m pretty used to life without coffee now. I even think I could live without it, something some of my friends don’t think they could do. I do miss sitting in […]  

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