December, 2012

UnitingWorld welcomes new Manager – Church Partnerships, Asia

Friday, December 21st, 2012

UnitingWorld is delighted to announce the appointment of the Reverend Dr Ji Zhang as Manager – Church Partnerships, Asia.  Dr Zhang will take up his role on 31 January, 2013. Dr Zhang is minister of St Andrew’s Gardiner Uniting Church in Melbourne, Australia and was chaplain for the Reverend Alistair Macrae when he was President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly 2009 – 2012. ... Read More »

Cyclone Evan Update

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Late last week Cyclone Evan caused widespread damage as it hit the Pacific island nation of Samoa. On Monday the Cyclone hit the west coast of Fiji and heavy rains and strong winds caused widespread flooding and damage to roads, houses and schools. Thousands of people had to seek refuge in evacuation centres and on Tuesday a state of natural disaster was declared for parts of Fiji. As the clean-up... Read More »

Australia and Indonesia – some concluding thoughts

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

This is possibly my last blog as a staff member of UnitingWorld (as I complete my term of service with UnitingWorld on 20th December 2012). Here are some concluding thoughts related to an area of work that has always been particularly important to me. –                                  –                              –                             ... Read More »

TAKE ACTION: Australian Government, don't punish the poor at Christmas

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The Australian Government has recently announced a decision to divert $375 million of the foreign aid budget from assisting the world’s poorest to paying for Australia’s own domestic asylum seeker policy. This decision will cost lives. We join with other agencies and citizens around Australia in calling for overseas aid to be used as intended:  to save the lives of people in desperate situations... Read More »

TAKE ACTION: Australian Government, don’t punish the poor at Christmas

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The Australian Government has recently announced a decision to divert $375 million of the foreign aid budget from assisting the world’s poorest to paying for Australia’s own domestic asylum seeker policy. This decision will cost lives. We join with other agencies and citizens around Australia in calling for overseas aid to be used as intended:  to save the lives of people in desperate situations... Read More »

Changes to aid budget ‘steal from the poor to punish the vulnerable’

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Uniting Church people across Australia are being urged to complain to their parliamentary representatives about the Government’s decision to divert foreign aid from alleviating poverty overseas to pay for processing asylum seekers in Australia. “In complete contradiction to the Christmas spirit, the Government is stealing from the poor to support a system that punishes the vulnerable,” said UnitingWorld... Read More »

Cyclone moves through Pacific

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Cyclone Evan has resulted in severe flash flooding and the destruction of homes and infrastructure in the Pacific island nation of Samoa over the past day. According to Australian media the cyclone, which hit Samoa yesterday afternoon, has already claimed two lives and others are missing feared dead. Trees and traditional crops have been ripped out of the ground and electricity is down throughout the... Read More »

3 ways to give more love less stuff this Christmas

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

What would you like for Christmas?  Who hasn’t asked or heard that question over the past couple of weeks?  And come on… be honest – who hasn’t had to pause for at least a few moments before they answered? My guess is that most of us don’t have an arm’s-length Christmas list these days.  It […]  

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Should rich countries compensate vulnerable communities for climate change damage?

Friday, December 7th, 2012

In a little-noticed paragraph in the agreement that came out of the Cancún, Mexico, talks in 2010, the need “to reduce loss and damage associated with climate change” was recognised by all countries. In legal terms, that potentially opens the door to compensation – or, as the negotiators in Doha say, “rehabilitation”. Now, as ministers from […]  

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More Light: volunteers bring new life in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Nine year old Abbey Maynard has just named a newborn.  The two children are not related: ‘More Light’ is an African child born in Zimbabwe to a mother unable to care for her.  But Abbey is one of the first people to meet this tiny child and she has been given the privilege of sharing […]  

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It’s for everyone: including children with disabilities in Tonga

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Every thirty minutes in Australia someone is diagnosed with a significant disability.  But only the wealthy can afford the necessary costs for a lifetime of care. So said Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week as she launched the first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, described as the greatest change to Australian social policy […]  

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