August, 2011

Fiji Government Muscles Methodists

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

For updates on the situation, and more information on specific action to take to support the Fijian Methodists in Fiji and Rotuma, click here. In response to continued interference from the Fijian military into Church decisions, and the cancellation of the Methodist Church Annual Conference last week, UnitingWorld has issued a statement in support of our partner the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. A... Read More »

Eye Team Returns from Vanuatu

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The last of our eye care medical teams for 2011 has just returned from a two week trip to Vanuatu.  This was the fourth team for this year to go out to remote islands that hardly ever see medical personnel. Each team tests people’s eyesight, provides glasses, performs basic eye surgery, screen patients for diabetes […]  

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Fiji Methodists under attack

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I have just returned fromFiji where I went to attend the Annual Conference of the Methoidst Church of Fiji and Rotuma.  This was their first opportunity to hold an Annual Conference in three years as the Military Government had banned the holding of conferences since 2009. About a thousand Methodist Church members were expected at […]  

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West Papua: the issue is survival

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The military continue to be on the defensive in West Papua. The Australian Press has seized upon a number of documents held by the Indonesian military that target academics, church leaders, businessmen and journalists for “their supposed support of independence in the troubled region of Papua”. (Sydney Morning Herald August 13, 2011). These documents, including […]  

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India’s Untouchables and the God who comes to rescue

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Speaking in Australia recently, the Rt Rev Dr Devasahayam, Bishop in Madras, referred to the plight of around 250 million people in his homeland of India. Dalits or “untouchables” are a marginalised, excluded people. They are treated with less dignity than many animals. While India experiences dynamic economic growth, this is not translated within the […]  

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Deep sea mining – opportunity and risk for the Pacific

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

I have been reading a lot lately about Seabed Mining.   Parts of the deep seabed are known to contain rich deposits of minerals such as copper, nickel and cobalt.  Until recently, extracting these deposits at several kilometres’ depth was too complex to be economical.  But over the past few years, rising commodity prices and new […]  

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August E-Newsletter

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

In this issue:  Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal |  Uncompromising Compassion for North Korea | Run to alleviate poverty | Peace and empowerment in the Philippines | New Experience Placements for 2011-12 Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal “This is the last of my food” Lucia Muvilo Ngotho, north eastern Kenya In recent weeks our media has been flooded with images and stories from the Horn of Africa,... Read More »

Partners live on the climate change front line

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Our Pacific Island neighbours are on the front line of climate change. Last year, Australian photographer Rodney Dekker travelled to Tuvalu and Kiribati on behalf of Oxfam Australia.  He captured stories of the climate impacts Pacific Islanders are already facing, how they are trying to adapt and their thoughts on the future. The stories that […]  

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Remembering the Montevideo Maru

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Known as the greatest maritime disaster in Australian history it is almost 70 years since the sinking of the Montevideo Maru during World War II when 20 missionaries mostly from the Methodist Missionary Society of Australasia were among the 1,053 lives that were lost.  On 22 June 1942, some weeks after the fall of Rabaul […]  

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Learning Development in Durgapur

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Guest Blogger Akino Ogawa reflects on her experience as a UnitingWorld Volunteer in Durgapur, India earlier this year. Earlier this year, I went on a four month placement to the Diocese of Durgapur in West Bengal, India. Being out of university from studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Development Studies and having no […]  

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Learning Development in Durgapur

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Guest Blogger Akino Ogawa reflects on her experience as a UnitingWorld Volunteer in Durgapur, India earlier this year. Earlier this year, I went on a four month placement to the Diocese of Durgapur in West Bengal, India. Being out of university from studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Development Studies and having no […]  

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