October, 2012

India Makes My Face Hurt: sharing more, saying less.

Monday, October 29th, 2012

India makes my face hurt. Sitting in a church overflowing with colour, song and saris, I’m feeling quite happily fatigued from a bout of serial smiling and eyebrow gymnastics.  The results, however, are encouraging.  There’s a ripple effect along the first two rows that spreads into the third and down one side of the congregation.  […]  

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WHEN WORDS FAIL- hope and humility in rural India.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

It’s humbling enough to have your feet washed by a child, but when that child lives in a village of 230 families all drawing their water from just one well, it’s an experience you’ll probably never forget. We’re in a tiny community called Kayama, a winding, colourful, confronting four hour drive from Kolkata in West […]  

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A New Ireland young man speaks about sea bed mining

Friday, October 26th, 2012

This is the speech presented by Mr. Oigen Schulze, team leader of New Ireland (PNG) -based NGO, Zero Inc. Here he is stating the position of people in his West Coast New Ireland community. This speech was presented on the 23rd of October at the Holiday Inn, where 24,000 signatures against experimental sea bed mining […]  

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Experiencing India: InSolidarity update

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Bronwyn Fraser has just arrived in India with a group of Australian UnitingWorld supporters on a two week InSolidarity trip. Bron shares a quick update with us here about what they will be getting up to… After a few days of travel we are now in Durgapur. All is going well, the young kids in […]  

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Position Vacant: Manager – Church Partnerships, Asia

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about mission? Are you able to lead Uniting Church people and communities in deepening relationships between the Uniting Church in Australia and Asian church partners? Can you both articulate a broader vision and establish and manage specific programs?   Are you able to connect a network of people – volunteers and others – with Asian partners and their issues? UnitingWorld... Read More »

Vale Elizabeth Wood-Ellem

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The Uniting Church in Australia has a rich, deep and active partnership with the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga. People such as Elizabeth Ellem-Wood (see the tribute in today’s Sydney Morning Herald) and her missionary parents have been instrumental in the establishment and development of these vital overseas partnerships that breathe life into our contemporary […]  

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Position Vacant: Experience Project Officer

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Would you like to contribute to the relationships between Uniting Church communities and Pacific partners? Are you a team player who would gain satisfaction from enabling people to use their gifts serving overseas? Are you a natural organiser and people-to-people person, able to use good systems to support people in sometimes vulnerable situations overseas? UnitingWorld is looking for a full time Project... Read More »

A volunteer’s reflection on Bali

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Stunning beaches, clear blue sea, picturesque rice fields and a fascinating, rich culture are just a few of the reasons millions of Australians have been flocking to the small Indonesian island of Bali since the 1970s. This island paradise attracts travellers from every corner of the world seeking relaxation and renewal. But on this day […]  

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October E-news

Friday, October 12th, 2012

In this issue:  Experiencing India | Politicians put poverty first; UN says hunger target within reach | A life-saving opportunity | Bali church partners remember | West Timor- volunteers serving with love | Everything In Common- Get in your canoe this year Experiencing India “Simply amazing! Life changing!! One of the best experiences of my life.” When Hugo Joubert from The Gap Uniting... Read More »

Tribute to Rev Lu Piper PNG mission partner

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Moderator of the United Church in Papua New Guinea Rev Sir Samson Lowa paid a great tribute to Rev Lu Piper in his final report to the UCPNG Assembly.  This is what he said:  “The return of Rev Lu Piper OA a the end of this year will end a missionary era.  Rev Lu Piper […]  

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You Go Girl! 3 reasons to focus on the girl child

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

“Don’t treat me differently just because I’m a girl!” It was a bit of a mantra for me, growing up with three brothers.  Glaring down from the highest branches of a tree or smirking slightly after beating one of them in a wrestling match, my determination not to be singled out as different sometimes bordered […]  

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AWOL in the Himalayas

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

A final blog from Steph Dalton who, having met with our partners in North India, just spent the last week wandering around… somewhere in the Himalayas. Imagine walking through forests of pine trees, among rocks covered in moss and patches of soft, green grass. Imagine swimming in mountain streams, climbing up and up for hours […]  

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Top 5 Ways to put the ‘P’ back into Politics

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Okay, I’m just going to put this out here right now:  the ‘P’ doesn’t stand for anything in particular in this scenario.  I just thought it sounded like a catchy kind of title.  Sorry to get you here under false pretences… Having said that, the P could probably helpfully stand for any number of things.  […]  

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