June, 2011

Run Church Run – Using Health and Fitness for a Greater Good

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Rob Lutton is our guest blogger in Act, Reflect, Connect today. Rob, Communications and Fundraising Manager @UnitingWorld calls upon the Church to redeem the sub-cultures of health, fitness and technology and run for good this running season. What are you running for? from? to? I have a friend who sees Facebook as inherently unhealthy and […]  

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North Korea’s most vulnerable

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

In North Korea, each day is a matter of simply surviving the pangs of hunger. It involves dealing with complications arising from a life of malnutrition and hard work. Indeed, some commentators suggest North Korea is again on the edge of a severe famine similar to the one in the late nineties that killed up […]  

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“Go Back to Where You Came From” – what it means to be in “solidarity”

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I was pretty much rocked by the news that millions of people have died in Africa as a result of war while 1,000 women a day continue to be raped in the Congo.  I was also struck by the news that Iraqis continue to face horrific violence where even women and children are not spared. […]  

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Getting away with murder?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Our partners in the Philippines constantly face life and death issues. To be described as an ”enemy of the state” is rather disturbing. But this is what happened to our partner, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). It is a disturbing claim as many UCCP members were targeted by counter-insurgency operations carried out by security forces in the […]  

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Philippines – rights of the poor under constant attack

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Efforts to increase the wages of poor farmers by a mere 45 cents a day seems reasonable by any measure. But in Mindanao, Philippines, advocates supporting this claim are being harassed and condemned. On 30th May, Anelfa Gemilo, an indigenous B’laan community leader, was detained and arrested by the National Philippine Police. Anelfa Gemilo is chairperson […]  

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Celebrities and band-aid solutions

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

t’s easy to purchase any kind of product or wear a brightly coloured wrist band when ‘proceeds go to charity’. It easy to find ourselves moved by graphic images of deprived children and then support an orphanage. I’ve done that too! But then I went to uni and as I started to learn more about the issues and the context around poverty, I began to ask more questions.  

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Energized into action

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

“I can honestly say our church may never be the same again.  Many of us are feeling enormous euphoria over this visit.  Thank God for this ministry by members of our church.”Ian Parkin, Castle Hill Uniting Church What has this church been up to evoke such a reaction? When Castle Hill started to look at […]  

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Eye Care Team on way to Vanuatu

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

UnitingWorld sends three eye care teams each year to remote regions in Vanuatu. Our first team for 2011 left this weekend to conduct two weeks of eye care clinics.  The team of six left from Melbourne on Saturday and will arrive on the island of Ambrym on Monday. The commitment of team members is clear […]  

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West Timor: Now That's Good Development DVD

Monday, June 20th, 2011

We live in a world that still has 2.5 billion people living below the poverty line. In recent decades progress has been made in reducing poverty but it remains one of the key moral challenges of our day. As Jim Wallis has said “Poverty is a moral issue, it’s a faith issue, it’s a religious issue.” But why is poverty still an issue? So much has been attempted over recent decades.... Read More »

West Timor: Now That’s Good Development DVD

Monday, June 20th, 2011

We live in a world that still has 2.5 billion people living below the poverty line. In recent decades progress has been made in reducing poverty but it remains one of the key moral challenges of our day. As Jim Wallis has said “Poverty is a moral issue, it’s a faith issue, it’s a religious issue.” But why is poverty still an issue? So much has been attempted over recent decades.... Read More »

Waiting

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Waiting…. I sit and look around at the new community that has formed spontaneously. We are thrown together from all over the world, from different cultures, ages, sizes…..and what do we have in common? Well, we are a community of people who are waiting. Stranded in Auckland by a volcanic ash cloud, people are finding […]  

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Voices for Justice 2011

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Passionate about advocating for justice? You can join UnitingWorld and hundreds of like-minded advocates this year at Micah Challenge’s national gathering,  Voices for Justice 2011,  17-20 September 2011, Canberra. Including advocacy training, theological teaching, worship, prayer, workshops and meetings with politicians, Voices for Justice is four days of ACTION against poverty and injustice. For... Read More »

Atrocities in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Tonight, Tuesday 14 June, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation current affairs program, 7.30 Report, broadcasted some pictures and a video of alleged atrocities committed against civilians during the final stages of the Sri Lankan Army’s defeat of the LTTE (Tamil Tigers) in the north of Sri Lanka during May 2009. (see www.abc.net.au/7.30/). This came in the wake […]  

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Breaking the Wall of Silence

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In November 1998 the ABC television news and current affairs program, Lateline, broadcasted a report entitled “Sins of the Brothers”. This was a harrowing report that helped to lift the lid on the terrible abuse of children under the care of the church in Australia. Twelve years earlier a British social worker by the name […]  

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Don’t Demonise Indonesia!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

“A Bloody Business” is a rather emotive title for a television report – and such a title is guaranteed to create a lot of interest! The ABC TV program, Four Corners, (Monday 6th June 2011) documented horrific scenes from a number of Indonesian abattoirs where cattle from Australia were brutally treated during the slaughter process. Viewers were understandably […]  

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The Hungry Tide

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

“The Hungry Tide” is a 90 minute Australian production by award-winning documentarian Tom Zubrycki will premier at the Sydney Film Festival 8-19 June 2011.   Only metres above sea level, the Pacific nation of Kiribati is on the front line of climate change. Maria Tiimon, a Kirabati woman living in Sydney, is passionate about her homeland […]  

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An experience of landlessness and working for Peace in Mindanao

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

The 1997 film, ‘The Castle’ is centred around the Kerrigan family, who have been living in their airport adjacent home for many years. The airport authority wants the Kerrigan’s to move so that they can extend the airport. But husband and father Darryl Kerrigan, played by Michael Caton, does not want to leave and commits […]  

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