June, 2012

Pacific Seasonal Workers in Queensland

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The Pacific Seasonal Workers Scheme has announced trail areas for the expansion of the scheme to the hospitality industry in tropical North Queensland and the Whitsundays; the cane industry in Rocky Point, Maryborough, Isis, Bundaberg, Mossman, Tableland, Mulgrave, Babinda, Innisfail, Tully, Plane Creek, Herbert River, Burdekin, Proserpine, and Mackay; aquaculture in coastal Queensland and cotton […]  

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West Papua – World Council of Churches Speaks Out

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The World Council of Churches General Secretary, Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tviet, visted West Papua recently. During his visit, Rev Tviet called for justice and peace in the Land of Papua. The WCC General Secretary’s statement reflects a growing concern across the world about the human rights situation and the plight of Papuans in West Papua […]  

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Memorial commemorates Methodist Missionaries lost on the Montevideo Maru

Friday, June 29th, 2012

This Sunday, 1 July, a memorial to the 1122 people who died on the Montevideo Maru, including 12 Methodist missionaries and mission personnel from Papua New Guinea, is being dedicated in Canberra. In what remains Australia’s greatest maritime tragedy, 1053 Australian Prisoners of War and civilian internees died. On 1 July, 1942, the Methodist mission staff were among those killed when a US submarine... Read More »

Julie Bishop on the Pacific

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Pacific Institute of Public Policy http://www.pacificpolicy.org/ report that the deputy leader of the Australian opposition and shadow minister for foreign affairs, Julie Bishop, outlined the Coalition’s vision of Australia’s relations with the Pacific, calling on Australia to ‘show the leadership and vision that is expected of us in the Pacific’ and backing ‘the forging of true... Read More »

Small loans = big changes

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Interested in how a micro-finance organisation works on the ground? Vience from our partner TLM in West Timor fills us in on the details. TLM is the development agency of the Evangelical Christian Church in Timor. How does TLM work? TLM operates in areas where access to financial services for the poor is limited. Through its […]  

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Now THAT’S a good idea!

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Students around tables with heads bent, students with brows furrowed, students keenly watching videos and asking questions of a number of mock ‘agencies’ set up to spruik their ‘development’ organisations. It was all happening at the “One World One Tok Conference” for young leaders from around Australia this week. UnitingWorld intern Hayley Barnes, who is […]  

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Women at the heart of peace

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Imagine two sisters. In the midst of conflict one takes up arms while the other seeks relationship with women from the other side, quietly sowing the seeds of peace. UnitingWorld’s Peacebuilding Programs Coordinator Peter Keegan shares their story with us here. I wonder what comes to mind when you think of women in conflict? Often […]  

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More about John Hunt pioneer Fiji missionary

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

  Recently I blogged on the commemoration in Fiji of the bi-centenary of Rev John Hunt’s birth.   Here is some more information provided by Julia Edwards a mission partner with the Methodist Church in Britain who is serving with the Pacific Conference of Churches and the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. . Rev John Hunt was an […]  

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West Papua – Living in fear

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Fear is an insidious thing. Fear can paralyse a community. Fear can generate great anxiety. Fear can create incredible uncertainty and it can provoke a real sense of trepidation. My friends in West Papua are living in such fear. Ongoing events involving “mysterious” killings are creating a new wave of terror in the community. Since […]  

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Fiji Methodists remember John Hunt

Friday, June 15th, 2012

A thanksgiving service was held in Fiji on Wednesday  to commemorate the life and work of Rev John Hunt.  Hosted by the Uniting Church in Australia’s partner, the Methodist church in Fiji and Rotuma, the event was was packed to capacity. The event was held exactly 200 years after the birth of the Wesleyan missionary […]  

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Indonesian entries deserve a ‘fair go’

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Not another knock at the door… it was becoming quite annoying! But this was really quite a serious business. Every year, just before the school year started, children from remote villages would come into Kupang to enroll. Living in poverty, they had no money to pay fees. With no cash in hand, many children were […]  

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Reverend John Barr to move on from UnitingWorld

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

After 16 years of service with UnitingWorld and prior to that serving for 5 years in West Timor, the Reverend John Barr, Associate Director for Church Solidarity (Asia), has indicated he is exploring a placement outside UnitingWorld and anticipates concluding his time with us at the end of 2012. John’s contribution to the Uniting Church’s commitment to overseas mission has been immense. The dedication... Read More »

More Violence in West Papua

Friday, June 8th, 2012

  Reports from West Papua indicate members of the Indonesian Army Battalion 756 went on a rampage and fired their weapons wildly in and around kampong Honelama and kampong Sinakma in the Wamena region yesterday. People were killed and injured. Houses were torched and locals fled the region. Violence erupted after two soldiers ran over […]  

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Fiji Methodists granted permit for conference

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

The Fiji Times has reported that Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua has granted Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma a permit for its annual conference. However the permit for the conference comes with eight strict conditions. This approval is issued with conditions that need to be observed prior and throughout the meeting, […]  

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June E-news

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

In this issue: Make your gift go further | Challenge yourself in North India | Annual Report now available | The privilege of partnership | Sweet sounds in Zimbabwe  Make your Gift go Further! As the end of the financial year approaches you can make a huge contribution to the work of our partners overseas. Tax-deductible donations made to the Matching Gift Fund are combined with funding from the... Read More »

Pacific not exempt from stock market woes

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The World Bank says Pacific Island countries that rely heavily on government trust funds will be hit hard by the latest falls on world stock markets. Since the beginning of May, markets in Australia, the United States, Europe and Asia have all gone backwards. Kirbati and Tuvalurely heavily on trust fund revenue and the World […]  

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UnitingWorld’s Relief and Development Unit 2011 Annual Report available

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Annual Report offers a comprehensive overview of the Unit’s work in 2011, noting a number of highlights including: Working with the Uniting Church in PNG to provide 6 additional villages, or 3,500 people, with a sustainable supply of safe and clean water Providing 400 village children in North India with educational and health support in partnership with the Church of North India The opening... Read More »

Call to act now for the Pacific

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

  A report released yesterday by the World Bank has suggested that changing  how disasters and other extreme events are managed in the Pacific will  significantly lessen the region’s vulnerability, save lives and reduce economic losses. Since 1950 extreme events have affected approximately 9.2 million people in the Pacific, causing 9,811 deaths and damage of […]  

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Of open fields and education…

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Shona Thangavel tells us about her life in North India, the challenges faced by marginalised communities and the hope found in education.   I grew up in a small village on the outskirts of in the city of Nagpur.  Nagpur is famous for oranges and known as the city of snakes, though there aren’t as […]  

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Is Anyone Safe in West Papua?

Friday, June 1st, 2012

On Tuesday 29th May, Dr Dietmar Pieper, a German biologist, was shot and wounded in Jayapura. A human rights advocacy group, ELSHAM, has released details of an interview with Dr Pieper’s wife, who witnessed the incident. According to the report, Dr Pieper and his wife were walking along on popular beach near the city when […]  

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