May, 2011

Philippines – “We cannot hear Gods cry…and do nothing!”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The list goes on.  Six church workers, four lay workers and twelve members of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), all gunned down and murdered by death squads during the nine year administration of former President Gloria Arroyo. And there’s more. Four others murdered, Seven abducted, tortured and detained, three harassed and […]  

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Asia Sunday 2011

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Every year since 1974, ecumenical organisations around the world have celebrated Asia Sunday on the Sunday before Pentecost. The theme this year is “MAKE US HEALERS, O GOD” and the call here is to become healers in world of brokeness and division. A resource has been prepared by the Christian Conference of Asia  is available at: http://www.cca.org.hk/resources/liturgy/asiasunday/asiasunday2011.pdf... Read More »

Watching the Sacred – 5 days at a YAP Workshop

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Australia is a nation of watchers. We love watching major events from the football to the cricket to the theatre. Some events take on a life of their own such that in the case of the Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG it is as if we are on sacred ground. The last four […]  

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We all smile in the same language – reflections from a YAP workshop in Mindanao

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

We all smile in the same language – Unknown In the hills of Mindanao, Philippines another significant peacebuilding initiative is taking place this week. I am on Day One of a DVD shoot with some 40 participants in a Young Ambassadors for Peace workshop with YAP founder Joy Balazo. During this 5 day intensive live-in […]  

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MAY E-NEWS

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

In this issue: Japan Quake and Tsunami Appeal Update | Concert for Japan | Lent Event Water Walk | Vanuatu Ministers Conference | UnitingWorld Experience: Insolidarity Japan Quake and Tsunami Appeal Update UnitingWorld has been inundated with responses to our appeal for those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Thanks to donors generosity, we have been able to raise nearly... Read More »

Not all is well in Sri Lanka

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Sri Lanka’s opening match against Canada on 20th February 2011 highlighted a definite degree of confidence as World Cup Cricket came to the nation’s star sporting venue in far south of the country. Mahinda Rajapkasa International Cricket Stadium is an impressive addition to the world cricket scene. Located in Hambantota, this development demonstrates a degree of optimism as Sri […]  

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Australians create a legacy in Mongolia

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

What have Australian Presbyterians got to do with Mongolia? “Not much” was my initial response. But I was mistaken. Indeed, I was quickly assured there is an important Australian legacy in this distant land. Christianity has a long history in Mongolia. During the seventh century the ancient Nestorian Church was established across Central Asia. However Christianity […]  

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A visit from the Madras Diocese

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

In mid-April, UnitingWorld staff were very pleased to spend some time with Professor Cornelius and his wife Jothi from the Church of South India, during a visit supported by partner congregations in Australia via UnitingWorld. Cornelius is from the Madras Diocese in India and he has supervised and supported UCA volunteers for a number of […]  

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Hunchun’s “Broken Bridge” – mending the gaps with North Korea

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Just before North Korea meets Russia, its northern border with China is formed by the Tumen River. On the outskirts of the city of Hunchun (on the China side) there is a bridge that once linked these two countries. During the Korean War this bridge was partly destroyed to stop North Koreans fleeing over the river into China. This “broken […]  

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Hunchun’s “Broken Bridge” – mending the gaps with North Korea

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Just before North Korea meets Russia, its northern border with China is formed by the Tumen River. On the outskirts of the city of Hunchun (on the China side) there is a bridge that once linked these two countries. During the Korean War this bridge was partly destroyed to stop North Koreans fleeing over the river into China. This “broken […]  

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