November, 2011

The Power of Pigs in Rural Bali #9 #EIC

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Ferdinand from UnitingWorld’s partner in Bali, MBM, shares the story of one woman in rural Bali with Steph Dalton from UnitingWorld. He reflects on how livelihood initiatives, like MBM’s pig fattening project, continue to offer hope to families and communities in rural Bali. This is blog #9 in our Everything in Common series, bringing to […]  

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Climate Change and Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Legal and Policy Responses

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

This excellent conference was held NSW Parliament House Sydney 10 and 11 November 2011.  As it was organised by the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law at the University of NSW Faculty of Law so there were a number of very legal type quite specialised presentations such as “Overarching Normative Frameworks: Developing Principled Legal […]  

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Living Happily Under The Mistletoe: Talking with our children about Christmas, overconsumption and consumerism

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor (below, second from the right) shares helpful and amusing insights into how to share Jesus’ core messages with your kids this Christmas. Okay, confession time.  I bought the new Justin Bieber album “Under the Mistletoe” for my five year-old for Christmas.  Given that I’m likely to hear certain tracks played ad infinitum, […]  

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Horn of Africa – Dadaab Camp in Focus

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Interview with Ann Wangari – Manager of Dadaab Refugee Camp Source: Interview with Ann Wangari Friday 28 October 2011  by Jonathan Krause (used with permission) “It is good that you have a great interest in Dadaab. Before, Dadaab was not known, even by everyday Kenyans – not until June this year, when the emergency hit the screens. Dadaab started back in 1991. There are people who have lived... Read More »

Eventful News – November 2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011

In this issue: Resources are on their way! |  Lent Event 2012 Journey Guide: ‘This One Life’ |  Coordinators: Prior to Christmas |  Prayer Points Dear friend, We are delighted to welcome you to Lent Event 2012. A huge welcome to those churches joining us for the first time in 2012, particularly those in Western Australia. It’s so exciting to see God’s mission continuing to grow. This week,... Read More »

Family matters… in Tonga and at home #8 #EIC

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Looking forward to Christmas with the family? Or perhaps there’ll be a few tensions on Christmas day…? Cath Taylor looks at the significance of family relationships in Tonga and the work of Lifeline Crisis Ministries, reconnecting those who have lost their way in the Peaceful Kingdom.  This is blog #8 in our EIC Series. About […]  

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A Man of Peace in West Papua

Monday, November 28th, 2011

On Sunday I received an SMS from West Papua. It read  “The days are coming declares the Lord when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and will do what is just and right in the land.” This text is from the Hebrew Bible and it speaks […]  

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White Ribbon Day

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Over the past 4 years, I have had the privilege of meeting so many inspiring women, that I have decided to start to gather their stories in the hope that one day, someone else might want to hear them. Many of the stories are not nice, not happy, certainly not “happy-ever-after-type stories”.  I am deeply […]  

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Water, Women and a Wonderful Project #7 #EIC

Friday, November 25th, 2011

UnitingWorld’s Rob Floyd reflects in blog #7 in our EIC series on how access to water transforms the lives of girls and women around the world. One of the favourite photos that I have taken during my time working for UnitingWorld Relief and Development shows four women walking in a line back to their village […]  

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November E-News

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

In this issue: Challenging Times for our Partners in West Papua and Amritsar, North India |  Dollar for Dollar Initiative ending 30th November – Horn of Africa Appeal | Creative Giving with Everything in Common | Learning Together: Women from Vanuatu and Australia connect | Experiencing Development in Context – InSolidarity 2012 | Rolling out LentEvent 2012 Challenging Times for our... Read More »

Challenging Times for our Partners in West Papua and North India

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

West Papua Confrontation looms in West Papua. Thursday December 1st is the 50th anniversary since Papuan independence was first declared and West Papua moved from Dutch colonial rule to a United Nations mandate. That mandate was handed to Indonesia two years later and history now demonstrates West Papua was, somewhat controversially, incorporated into the Republic of Indonesia in 1969 after a sham... Read More »

West Papua – a looming confrontation

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The Indonesian military no doubt see West Papua as a troubled region. For fifty years the issue of independence has fired the aspirations of indigenous Papuans in what is now Indonesia’s most eastern province. Indonesia says it will not let West Papua go. The presence of security forces – police, military and intelligence is at a premium and […]  

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Life, Cyclones, Cities & Filipino Slums #6 #EIC

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Rev. Andy Tiver reflects on his 2nd year living with the people in the mountainous region of Cordillera in the Philippines. This is Blog#6 in our ‘Everything in Common‘ series, taking you behind the scenes to meet the people who’ll benefit from your Christmas gifts.  Over to you Andy… Hay naku! (Filipino for ‘O Wow!’) […]  

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9 Days left to Double your Donation – Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal

Monday, November 21st, 2011

In July 2011, the United Nations officially declared that regions of Somalia were experiencing famine in light of a severe drought in eastern Africa. The drought, which has affected several neighbouring countries and has resulted in millions of people being at risk, has led to an impressive humanitarian response worldwide. On the 5th of November the Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd announced a Dollar... Read More »

Tanks and Toilets in Zimbabwe #5 #EIC

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In July this year, Communications Assistant Steph Dalton travelled  through the heat and dust of Zimbabwe to check out sanitation  and water projects we’re developing with our partner church in Muzurabani.  This is Blog#5 in our ‘Everything in Common‘ series, taking you behind the scenes to meet the people who’ll benefit from your Christmas gifts.  Driving […]  

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Lessons in life – giving and receiving in North Korea #4 #EIC

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Guest Blogger Amy Goodhew reflects on her trip to North Korea, her experience of its people’s hospitality and the work of UnitingWorld’s partner, the Rason Humanitarian Hostel. This blog is #4 of 16 on gift ideas from our catalogue and the actual project involved CS15 – Care for a Child: Medical provisions for one child […]  

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InSolidarity February 2012: Experiencing the Work of the Church of North India

Wednesday, November 16th, 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 and experience the struggles and joys of this relationship? DO WE HAVE AN EXPERIENCE... Read More »

Fiji, Poverty and Education of Squatter Children #3 #EIC

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

By Bruce Mullan – Associate Director, Church Solidarity (Pacific). Bruce also blogs here on All Things Pacific. This blog is 3 of 16 on gift ideas from our catalogue and the actual project involved CS03 – Get Ready for School: School Uniforms for children in squatter settlements Over to Bruce… Stepping from old car tyre […]  

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A man, a fish farm and hope in West Papua #2 #EIC

Friday, November 11th, 2011

By Rob Floyd – Associate Director, Relief & Development Unit. Rob also blogs here on Development in Real Life. This blog is 2 of 16 on gift ideas from our catalogue and the actual project involved RD03 – Throw out a line: Fishing nets for a fish farmer Over to Rob… Give a man a […]  

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A way forward in West Papua?

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Can further blood shed be avoided in West Papua? This is a critical question. The 1st December marks a significant occasion in the Papuan struggle. Independence for Papua is on the lips of many and people will speak out. The Indonesian Government is intransient here. Indeed, the issue is “non negotiable” according to the authorities […]  

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Setting the Balinese Prisoner Free #1 #EIC

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Each December, Australians spend $37 billion on Christmas Celebrations. About a third of this ends up in landfill – including those gifts that didn’t quite hit the mark. Looking for an alternative? In the lead up to Christmas we will be publishing a series of blogs which will reflect on the gifts featured in this […]  

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Former Fiji Methodist Church President speaks out

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Former President of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma Rev Josateki Koroi has updated and released again a statement he initially issued in late 2006, just before the  coup led by Commodore Bainimarama. The author is the retired Fiji Methodist minister, former Fiji Methodist Church President, one-time Chaplain to the Fiji military, who received […]  

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Tuvalu climate crisis has hospitals facing chronic water shortage

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

It rained in Tuvalu last Thursday for about three minutes — and that’s the first rain they’ve seen during their rainy season according to a report from Tongan born Anglican Archbishop Winston Halapua. Although it is now typically the wet season forecasts indicate the chance of further rain will remain low. Archbishop Halapula reported that […]  

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West Papua: More than empty words!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

“Kasih dan Dami itu Indah” – Love and Peace is Beautiful” are poignant words. These appear on large road-side signs in Jayapura.  They are assuring words that one could not dispute. Indeed they are words one would expect to come from welfare agencies or the churches. But in West Papua it is the military who are making such […]  

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