January, 2013

Spoiler Alert! Lent Event rejuvenates and prepares for Easter

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Warning: this blog talks about the 40 days before Easter and an exciting opportunity we like to call Lent Event. But it may also contain movie spoilers! A few weeks ago I watched Wes Anderson’s delightful new film, Moonrise Kingdom. Set in a small New England island community in the 1960s, the quirky and moving […]  

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Back to school: “Our future depends on it.”

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

 3, 541, 809 school children (give or take a few) filed back into classrooms across Australia today, my own two lost amongst them.  Gone are the long lazy summer days of reading, Monopoly and camping by the beach.  Beds were made this morning with military precision and the cello was mooing by 8.25.  School’s back. […]  

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Yes! Water at last

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

In northern Zimbabwe the dry season is long. As rivers and streams turn to dry beds water is hard to come by and small villages scattered beyond the Mavuradona mountain range feel the lack of rain keenly. Crops droop, livestock thirst and women and children walk kilometres each day to find water. Antonetta from UnitingWorld’s […]  

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The common thread: opportunities in North India

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

From the Pakistan border in the west to the Bhutan border in the east, UnitingWorld’s Kathy Pereira and Laura McGilvray have been busy visiting partners and projects in the Church of North India. The pair met with Mr Alwyn Masih, General Secretary of the Church in North India, where they shared common vision of a […]  

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Gearing up for 2013: January e-news

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

In this issue:  Lent grows faith | 3 reasons to get involved in Lent Event | One World, One Tok! | New Year, New Team Lent grows faith When Adrian Nippress visited Westbourne Uniting Church, Adelaide, he heard a message that connected Christian faith with international community capacity building. At that moment, he knew he’d found his spiritual home. “It was one of the first times I attended... Read More »

Welcome to our new External Relations Manager

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

UnitingWorld is delighted to announce the appointment of Marnie Frost as External Relations Manager. Marnie worked for over ten years in communications and direct marketing for UK financial services and has volunteered for a number of NGOs including the Bakhita Australian Catholic Sudanese centre in 2012. Since returning to Australia in 2009 she’s consulted for marketing agency StrategyMix and completed... Read More »

BOREDOM: Great news for churches

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

So it turns out that being bored is actually good for you, which is bad because my mum outlawed it when we were little, along with the word ‘stupid.’  Great. Research presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference last year suggested that being bored prompts people to find things to do that are not […]  

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