July, 2012

Sri Lanka: A Most Terrible Thing is Happening

Monday, July 30th, 2012

On the surface, Sri Lanka’s outlook looks positive. The brutal civil is over and the economy is growing. International visitors are discovering the beauty and the rich history of this tropical island. Tourism is developing. Sri Lanka’s government, under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, is riding a crest of popularity and this nation of […]  

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China Church learns from UCA unity

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Senior Members of China’s thriving Protestant church are in Australia for the 13th Annual Assembly, taking the opportunity to learn from the UCA’s experience of unity and develop new relationships. The growth of the church in China is rapid.  Although numbers are difficult to estimate, the China Christian Council identifies with some 55,000 congregations and more than 23 million members.  The... Read More »

Biblical Reflections on Life Overflowing by Rev Luna Dingayan

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Delegates of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia have been challenged and inspired by reflections on the theme Life Overflowing by Rev Luna Dingayan. “To have life overflowing is to have life in Christ, or to put it in another way, to live the life of Christ,” said Rev Dingayan, who is president of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in the Philippines. On Monday, speaking... Read More »

Down to earth down under

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Surreal moment… traveling on a bus at the UCA National Assembly, surrounded by Bishops of churches from nations all over the world, listening to Justin Beiber. Several of them, if not actually singing, are tapping a finger or two. It’s been a week of revelations that shouldn’t really have been revelations.  The General Secretary of […]  

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Overcoming isolation – bringing new life in PNG

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Papua New Guinea – exotic, untamed and beautiful.   Hardly further than a heartbeat away geographically, it’s a country that still holds mysteries aplenty.  Rich in natural resources, many of her people are still captive to poverty and PNG has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the Pacific.   Less than 20% of the population live […]  

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The Power of Women and Girls

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The Power of Women and Girls was the topic for the second UnitingWorld lunch for members of the 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia. Lisa Meo is a Fijian Australian who advocates for women in theological education at various schools and churches in the Pacific Islands. She spoke about the inconsistencies between the […]  

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Amazing Korea

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Korea never ceases to amaze me. Just 60 years ago the country was in ruins after a brutal war that divided the peninsular between East and West. This division remains. But, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) has gone ahead in leaps and bounds. People ask me…how can his be? How can a small nation […]  

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The Changing Face of Christianity- NEWS FROM ASSEMBLY

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Assembly delegates at today’s UnitingWorld lunch have heard that the church in many parts of the world is thriving.   The West, however, no longer dominates those statistics.  Instead, much of church growth is taking place in Asia, Africa and the Pacific.  In China more than 700,000 churches open their doors to a conservative estimate of anywhere between 23 and 70 million Christians. Assembly... Read More »

WIDE AWAKE: Love’s unexpected power.

Monday, July 16th, 2012

1am, and here I am, still wide awake.  Candlelight, the call of drums, hundreds of voices lifted in song, expectant faces, fragments of an earthy liturgy- they’ve all caught in my ear and on the screen of my mind.  Sleep stands a long way off. Tonight it felt good to be part of the Uniting […]  

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Follow on Facebook: THE PRESIDENT

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

You can find Rev Dr Albert Wilfred Jabanesan (Jebi), President of the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, on Facebook.   Not only that, you can find and participate in a Facebook Open Forum he started for his Church.  It has almost two and a half thousand followers. Having been assured by his two sons that ‘Facebook […]  

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Life: Overflowing

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

This is the first in a series of blogs live from the 2012 National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, where UnitingWorld’s Cath Taylor is reporting on time spent with over 50 guests from our 34 Partner Churches.  Come with us behind the scenes… From the pocket of my backpack, a lamb and a […]  

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Assembly Guests Embody Uniting Church’s Identity

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The participation of over 50 guests from 34 overseas churches and partner organisations in the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Assembly in Adelaide next week reflects its determination to cooperate with churches in Asia, the Pacific and Africa as they pursue fullness of life for all people. “We stand with partners as together we discern God’s presence in an increasingly inter-connected... Read More »

Helena Goldie Hospital – “healing hands”

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Helena Goldie Hospital will complete its 110th year of service to the communities of Solomon Islands next year (2013). From its humble beginning in 1903 with a small leaf-house on Kokeqolo Hill, it has grown to the present size of 68-bedded, secondary level care hospital, catering to a population of over 26,000 within the Western Province […]  

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Living with the threat of abuse, torture and death

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

  The horrific execution of a young woman in Afghanistan has again shocked the world. On charges of sexual misdemeanours, the young lady named Najiba, was shot dead by the Taliban. Images of this public execution were broadcast around the globe. Tragically, Najiba’s brutal death is not new. This incident reminds me of the villagers […]  

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July E-News: Stories of hope from our partners overseas

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

In this issue: Sharing talanoa in the Pacific | Faith and Hope amidst extra-judicial killings in the Philippines | Matching gifts see lives transformed | PNG report identifies impact of LNG project | Running for a cause Sharing talanoa in the Pacific  “Colour, gentle voices, laughter, tears, ideas… they all blended together recently as I sat beside three of my colleagues and 12 women... Read More »

Sitting and Dancing on the mat

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

UnitingWorld’s Kathy Pereira shares about her recent experience of sitting, and listening, to our sisters in the Pacific. Recently I spent a week sitting (well trying to sit) cross legged on a mat! My cumbersome attempts to sit with dignity made us all laugh.  It seems I have lost much of the art of “mat […]  

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On being the Body of Christ in the World

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Experts and structures have had their day. These days people yearn to engage in relationships. Credibility and authenticity define who we trust and who we work with. In December last year I accompanied a group from Glebe Road Uniting Church in Brisbane on a visit to Ekaristi Church in Timor Leste. The visit was not […]  

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Music Volunteering Opportunity

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Are you a music teacher/tutor?  Looking for the adventure of a lifetime?  We have a volunteering opportunity RIGHT NOW open at Auckland House School in Shimla – in the amazing foothills of the Himalayas in Amritsar Diocese, North India.  The placement is for 6 months.  If this sounds like you, please contact Laura McGilvray at UnitingWorld on 82674411 or email Lauramc@unitingworld.org.au.... Read More »

Woman at the Pacific well

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Colour, gentle voices, laughter, tears, ideas… all blended together recently as, along with three of my colleagues, I sat with 12 women from Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands – listening to one another and sharing “talanoa” – stories. Through their stories, priorities for the communities these key women leaders represent emerged. Our friends […]  

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PM meets SBY: Will West Papua be on the agenda?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

West Papua is a violent place. Despite a real commitment by local communities to peace, violent incidents, including shootings, have taken place every day in West Papua during the past three weeks a report. This is according to the latest report from our partner church in West Papua (Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua). The truth […]  

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Lynn Wallis – passed away 28/6/2012

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

If you ever found yourself in a room with the vivacious Lynn Wallis you were bound to end up smiling or, more likely, joining Lynn in uproarious laughter! Lynn and her family have had long connections with the international mission and development work of the Uniting Church in Australia. In recent years they’ve volunteered and been wonderful supporters of UnitingWorld’s overseas partners, especially... Read More »