September, 2012

Breaking the silence on West Papua

Friday, September 28th, 2012

“Silence is golden” they say. But in some parts of the world the “silence” can be deafening. Take West Papua for example. The region is becoming even more isolated as violence is perpetrated against local people. Papuans are pleading for peace. They are seeking opportunities to talk about their concerns and to negotiate a future. […]  

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Hope in India- report from the front line.

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

More from Stephanie Dalton, in the Himalayas with a group of trekkers from all over Australia supporting the work of UnitingWorld…  In her first blog Steph wrote about the colourful and wet experience of arriving in India. In this blog Steph talks about the education work happening in Amritsar and the amazing experience of visiting […]  

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Respecting Islam

Monday, September 24th, 2012

“We have much more in common than we think”.  The formality began to thaw as a conversation kicked-off.  I was sitting next to a Muslim Imam (priest) some weeks ago while attending the Synod Opening Ceremony of our partner church in Timor. This young, chatty imam was making a good point. Christianity and Islam, together […]  

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Where is God when it hurts? Rev Luna Dingayan

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Reverend Luna Dingayan is the President of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in the Philippines and a deeply thoughtful and engaged theologian.  Spending time with people in many different settings, both urban and rural, Luna has unique insights to share on the issue of suffering and where God may be found in a hurting world. I […]  

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NEWSFLASH: Politicians are human…

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

They slip off their shoes and lean on podiums while they’re speaking.  They make awkward jokes.  They choke up while they’re telling tragic stories.  They slouch when they’re bored and they talk over the top of people when they’re feeling defensive.  They have dreams and aspirations.  They feel bad when they fail.  And most of […]  

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Remembering Bali

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The question, “where were you when such and such happened” is relevant to many things that have taken place over the years…….the day President Kennedy was assassinated, the death of Martin Luther King, Armstrong’s walk on the moon, the Ash Wednesday bush fires and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami….to name just a few. These are […]  

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Our journey has just begun…

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

UnitingWorld staff member Stephanie Dalton is LIVE  IN INDIA with a committed team of trekkers who’ve worked hard to prepare themselves for an adventure in the Himalayas.  They’ve raised nearly $40,000 for the work of education projects in North India.  Here’s Steph’s first despatch… We arrived to be greeted by heavy, monsoonal rains. It was […]  

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World Council of Churches urges non-violence and respect for religions

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The film “The Innocence of Muslims” is “an insult to the heart of the Muslim faith” and “to all peoples of faith”, says the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev Dr Olav Tveit. In a statement issued on the 14th September, Dr Tveit calls for “respect religions” and an for an end to the […]  

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HOW ORDINARY PEOPLE GET IT DONE- halving world poverty by 2015.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

What hits me, sitting in a small room somewhere in the bowels of Hughes Baptist Church, is that the ordinary people sitting around me have not only changed government policy but have actually saved the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children.  Ordinary people having ordinary conversations with extraordinary faith. We’re at […]  

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Dying young in West Timor

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The wailing was loud and haunting. High pitched, emotionally charged voices pierced the calm mountain air. After a long journey, I arrived in a village near Soe in the mountains of West Timor. A young woman, about 30 years old, had just died.  Her distraught family surrounded the still warm corpse. They carefully stroked the woman’s […]  

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September E News

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

In this issue: Good news from  North Korea | South Sudan: Midwives saving lives | Gender equality: UnitingWorld says YES! | Thailand:  Volunteering thrives | It’s that time again- Everything in Common Gift Stall | Good news at last from North Korea: letter from the field It’s extremely hot in North Korea right now and in a letter from our partners, who are working hard to feed families... Read More »

Vale Elizabeth Wood-Ellem

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The Tongan historian Dr Elizabeth Wood-Ellem (better known as Besi Wood) passed away on the evening of September 8 at St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Melbourne, two days before her 82nd birthday. Elizabeth was born in Tonga as a daughter of Methodist missionaries Rev. A. Harold Wood and Dr Olive Wood who worked in Tonga from […]  

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Position Vacant: Manager – Livelihoods and Peacebuilding Programs, Pacific

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

We are looking for an effective team member to contribute to growing our relief and development program in the Pacific. The Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld is responsible for the international emergency relief and community development activities of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA). AusAID accredited and a member of ACFID, our programs are implemented by church-related partner organisations... Read More »

UnitingWorld is seeking a Major Gifts Officer

Friday, September 7th, 2012

UnitingWorld is seeking a Major Gifts Officer to establish and realise a Major Donor and Bequests Plan as part of UnitingWorld’s fundraising activities.  The role will support the agency’s goal to grow a movement of people across the Uniting Church to support and participate in international partnerships with UnitingWorld.  The Major Gifts Officer will work as part of the External Relations... Read More »

Uniting World is seeking a new External Relations Manager

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The purpose of the position is to lead and manage UnitingWorld’s relationships with stakeholder and public communities, including the agency’s fundraising and communications activities, in support of UnitingWorld’s goal to grow a movement of people across the Uniting Church to support and participate in international partnerships with UnitingWorld.    The Manager will lead and mange... Read More »

Women in Pacific national parliaments

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

In a recent speech at the Australian National University UN Women Executive Director on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke about the number or women represented in Pacific national parliaments.  This is from the text of her speech. We know that here in the Pacific, with the exception of Australia and New Zealand, […]  

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Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma Conference

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Last week I attended the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma Conference (Bose Ko Viti).  The Conference was held in the Centenary Church on 29th to 31st August 2012.  This was the first time the church has been allowed by the Interim Government to hold the conference since 2008.  Approval for the Conference was issued […]  

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URGENT: Volunteers needed

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The Uniting Church in Australia has valued partnerships with over 30 overseas churches. One of the ways we express our longstanding friendship and shared mission is through the exchange of personnel of all ages, backgrounds and gifts.  It’s all about sharing with one another, and learning along the journey. We like to call it reciprocal […]  

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