October, 2011

Climate conversations – The need for small steps toward realism

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

An excellent article was recently published by Ambassador Marlene Moses the permanent representative to the United Nations for the Republic of Nauru and chair of Pacific Small Island Developing States, a coalition of 11 low-lying island countries at the United Nations. The last round of United Nations climate negotiations, before the major annual meeting begins […]  

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Obesity levels rise in Pacific

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Earlier this month the Fiji Sun reported that the greatest increase in world obesity rates over the past three decades have been in the Pacific Islands.  This claim was made by Seoul National University Hospital Professor Kim Kyae-Hyung while speaking at the launch of the Primary Health Care Training Programme for Pacific Island countries . […]  

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Everything in Common Gift Catalogue 2011

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Sight to the blind, freedom for captives, good news to the poor this Christmas. UnitingWorld has just launched the Everything in Common Gift Catalogue, your chance to give sight to the blind, freedom for captives and good news to the poor this Christmas. The Catalogue contains gifts that support the ministry of Uniting Church Partners beyond Australia in the areas of Relief and Development, Peacemaking,... Read More »

West Papua: Daring to Dream

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Papua will never be independent…..don’t you dare to dream!” exclaimed a police officer as Papuans were rounded up last  Thursday. Indonesian security forces were targeting a large meeting in Jayapura. This action came in the light of Indonesian Government comments saying the matter of independence for West Papua is “non negotiable”! Indonesian Government authorities... Read More »

InSolidarity: Church of North India February 2012

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Interested in seeing what a UnitingWorld project actually ‘looks like’ on the ground? Seeking to connect with local people living with poverty and engaged in real poverty alleviation? Keen to see beyond the typical tourist experience in India? Do you want to explore the ways mission and development work hand in hand – the struggles and joys of this relationship? DO WE HAVE AN EXPERIENCE FOR YOU! UnitingWorld... Read More »

The Long Journey of Peace in Ambon

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Today I received a text message from the Young Ambassadors for Peace team in Ambon, Indonesia to say that there had been another riot in Ambon City in the early hours of the morning that had seen people injured and property destroyed. It’s a tragic irony that this message comes just days after someone questioned […]  

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Uniting Church President calls for prayer for Tuvalu & support of new climate change project

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

New Climate Change Project for Tuvalu 18th October From the President – Rev. Alistair Macrae I write to invite you and your congregation to pray for our partner church Te Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (EKT – The Christian Church in Tuvalu) and for the people of the Pacific nation of Tuvalu.  With the highest point in the country only five metres above sea level, Tuvalu is one of the most environmentally... Read More »

Uniting Church President calls for prayer for Tuvalu & support of new climate change project

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

New Climate Change Project for Tuvalu 18th October From the President – Rev. Alistair Macrae I write to invite you and your congregation to pray for our partner church Te Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (EKT – The Christian Church in Tuvalu) and for the people of the Pacific nation of Tuvalu.  With the highest point in the country only five metres above sea level, Tuvalu is one of the most environmentally... Read More »

Relief and Development: Faith in action as part of God’s Mission

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Every 6 weeks or so, the staff of UnitingWorld get together in the Sydney office and share time, space, what we are each currently working on and, of course, food. Last week we shared that day. Currently at UnitingWorld we are adopting our new, three year strategic plans. As for any organisation, this is an […]  

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October E-News

Monday, October 17th, 2011

In this issue:  Farewell Joy Balazo | More Than Peace in Mindanao | Uncompromising Compassion for North Korea | Gifts to be DOUBLED dollar for dollar | Here, there and everywhere | Everything in Common 2011 | Opportunity to help shape our mission Farewell Joy Balazo After twenty years of travelling across the Asia-Pacific region spreading seeds of peace, the founder of Young Ambassadors for... Read More »

Provocateurs of Peace

Friday, October 14th, 2011

One of the hot topics in international development and peacebuilding at the moment is the role of technology in promoting both positive and negative change in communities. In light of the recent resurgence of violence in Ambon in Indonesia, a number of Australian media outlets and international affairs blogs have written articles exploring the contribution […]  

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“Fear Not, For I Am With You Always”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

In contrast to what was a quiet Sunday for most people in suburban Australia, Egyptian Christians took part in a protest in Cairo against an attack on a church and in support of their civil rights. The army opened fire. Twenty six people were shot dead or run over by military vehicles. Egyptian Christians are doing it tough […]  

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Tuvalu water crisis continues

Monday, October 10th, 2011

UnitingWorld Associate Director Kathy Pereira spoke to partner church Ekalesia KelisianoTuvalu’s women’s coordinator Sulufaiga Uota on Facebook and reports that the situation is quite serious indeed.  Sulu said people are lining up inFunafutito obtain merger water supplies for their families and the safe water supply quantities are counted at just a few days.  Australiais helping […]  

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“Charred fields turn to green” – Hope for Kashmir

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

It looks peaceful. But the region of Kashmir is suffering its fair share of turmoil. In September 2011 a beautifully equipped Church of North India school in Tangmarg was torched by extremists leaving the whole complex in a pile of ashes. “Nobody really knew why they did it” said Bishop Samantaroy, the presiding bishop in […]  

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Uniting Church in Australia calls for help for Tuvalu

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

  TheUniting Church in Australia has expressed deep concern for the Pacific nation of Tuvaluas as it faces a devastating drought.  Rev Tafue Molu Lusama the General Secretary of Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (EKT – the Christian Church of Tuvalu) wrote advising that on Wednesday the 28th September the Tuvalu government declared Tuvaluto be in a […]  

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In announcing Horn of Africa Dollar-for-Dollar Initiative Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd commends Uniting Church

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Today The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, stood outside Tecoma Uniting Church in Melbourne to announce the Australian Government’s plans to support Australian NGO’s, including the Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld, in their response to the Horn of Africa crisis. The Australian Government’s Dollar-for-Dollar initiative will match each dollar donated to appeals... Read More »