April, 2012

India: A life changing experience?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

There are times when work becomes a life-changing experience. Take my recent trip to India for example. The setting was Kolkata railway station on a hot, humid evening. I was waiting on platform 4 when the overnight train bound for Raiganj in the north of West Bengal state drifted in. My bunk was number 15 […]  

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Lest we forget: Heart, soul, mind and strength for peace

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

In the aftermath of Anzac Day, does anyone wonder how to go about building peace?  Or do we all just slip back into our routines until next year when once again, we vow never to forget, but so easily do…  Cath Taylor takes a look at how you and I can be peace builders today […]  

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Human Trafficking: Charu’s Story

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

  It was an offer too good to miss – a salary ten times higher than what was being earned at home.  And it was a job in glitzy, exciting Mumbai – home to India’s famous “Bollywood”! Charu couldn’t say no. Her husband was an abusive alcoholic and he didn’t bring much money home. Importantly, […]  

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Human Trafficking: Rupa’s Story

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The marks on Rupa’s face have not always been there. Tragically, these scars tell a horrific story of slavery, violence and abuse in a Delhi brothel. For whenever Rupa refused to have sex with a “customer”, cigarette butts were pressed against her face to make Rupa submit. Rupa was just three years old when her […]  

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A prayer for peace

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

God of peace Today we think of those who suffer conflict, Men, women and children whose lives are torn apart by war and waiting Hunger and hurt Suffering and sadness; We pray peace. Today we think of those who are left behind Left behind with children to feed, And dread to keep at bay, left behind when others return to family. We pray peace. Today we think of what it means to be free, and how we use... Read More »

GOAL! Water MDG met early.

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

WORLD MEETS ITS FIRST MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT DEADLINE EARLY AND PROVIDES CLEAN WATER TO MILLIONS! I don’t know about you, but it’s not too often I actually meet my goals- early!  But that’s exactly what the world has done, providing access to safe drinking water for 89% of the world’s population (6.1 billion people). Hey, that’s […]  

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“This is what I saw”- Climate Change in the Pacific

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

This month UnitingWorld launched an appeal for the people of Tuvalu and the Pacific in support of our Climate Change Response Program. UnitingWorld’s Associate Director in Church Solidarity for the Pacific, Bruce Mullan, is just back from Tuvalu and Kiribati, and he chats to us here about what he saw that makes him think this project […]  

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CONCERN OVER ESCALATING CONFLICT- SUDAN

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND ALL AFRICAN CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES Sudan and South Sudan are locked in an escalating conflict over the Heglig oil field, as well as disputed border territories.  With no end in sight, and aerial bombardment of the area increasing, sanctions are being discussed as a means of forcing both sides to withdraw immediately from the conflict.  The World Council... Read More »

The Asian Century

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

It has become a bit of an issue for me and I have written a number of blogs on this matter, but I am more than ever convinced that Australia’s future is in Asia! Speaking recently, the former Prime Minister and then Foreign Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, said “the best vision for Australia is […]  

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Illegal logging remains a problem for Solomon Islands

Monday, April 16th, 2012

With the logging industry being such a significant economic factor in the Solomon Islands, weak governance can lead to all kinds of problems.  These can include illegal or uncontrolled exploitation of the resource, misclassification, smuggling, and corruption.  This can lead to loss of government revenue, environmental degradation, diminished livelihoods for local people and the erosion […]  

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North Korea – it’s not all bad news!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

In a move to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, founder of the nation state known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North Korean regime attempted to launch a satellite into space today – or was it really a test involving a disguised long-range missile capable of delivering a […]  

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Here and Now

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

For the people of Tuvalu, climate change isn’t a theory to be debated.  It’s a reality to be lived.  I recently visited this tiny Pacific nation to meet the people and hear the stories. This month we have launched a Climate Change Response Program that emphasises education, resources and adaptation, aiming to provide hope for […]  

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Clone my children? Reflections on the best way to create change…

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Easter Saturday, slung up in a hammock with a hat and the Herald.  Our bushland clearing is full of dappled sunlight and the sound of children’s voices come birdlike from the creek.  And there it is on the front page:  “Final frontier of climate policy- remake humans.”  Interesting…  It appears philosophers at Oxford have hit […]  

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Seabed mining – too many unanswered questions

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Act Now for a better Papua New Guinea has joined the call for a halt to experimental seabed mining which will potentially destroy underwater hydrothermal vents. These vents contain mineral deposits but are also rich and unique eco-systems which contain many species which are yet to be discovered and which scientists believe could hold the […]  

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New Life at Easter: April E-news

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Easter is almost upon us, and as you clear your inbox for the last time before the Long Weekend, we hope you’ll take a moment to consider these stories of New Life emerging from the Partnerships you’ve been supporting this month.  From our brand new Climate Change Response Project in the Pacific to the wrap of Lent Event, we’re seeing new opportunities for people to participate in a world where... Read More »

Living the Resurrected Life

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Does anyone else find it hard to know quite what to do with Easter these days? It used to be all so easy.  Friday- sad.  Sunday- happy.  Jesus died for you, believe and you are forgiven, go in peace. When I was a child there was a tangible symmetry to the Easter weekend. I felt […]  

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West Papua – Looking Two Ways

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Maps can be helpful for many reasons. Apart from describing geographical features they can highlight important social, political and cultural questions. Maps can take one face to face with some the most critical issues that impact on people. Let me explain. This morning, upon boarding my flight in Jayapura, West Papua, to travel home to Australia, […]  

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The Face of West Papua Today

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Tobati village is like any other village in coastal West Papua.  Simple timber houses built out over the water nestle in picturesque inlets surrounded by jungle clad mountains. Women tend to domestic duties in the home while their menfolk are out fishing and the children are at school. Dogs laze in the sunshine as the […]  

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