February, 2013

One Song, One Hope: Partnership for women in the Pacific

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

“Music paints pictures and often tells stories, All of it magic, all of it true! And all of the pictures and all of the stories All of the magic, the music is you” Many who know me will be aware I was raised on the ‘elevator’ tones of John Denver and as I spend time […]  

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Australia lacks Pacific focus

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The Australian this week reported on a study suggesting the lack of Pacific focus is risking Australia’s influence. Melbourne University research to be published this week reveals Australia has lost influence in the Pacific islands because of the government’s “short attention span” in relating to the region. Jonathan Schultz, the author of the 250-page study, […]  

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Lent underway and chickens for Easter… Your February Enews

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

In this issue:  Lent Event underway at Star Street Uniting Church | Joy Balazo recognised by Methodist World Council Peace Award | Uniting Church school partners in the Pacific | Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Star Street Uniting Church walks the Purple Path for Lent At Star Street Uniting in Perth on Sunday members of the congregation walked a “Purple Path” to celebrate the... Read More »

Words of peace and war

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The SMH recently ran article by John Garnut; China and Japan on the brink (06/02/13). It referred to the escalating dispute over eight uninhabited islands in the East China Sea and undoubtedly captured the public’s imagination and fear for war.  But is such a sensationalist headline necessary?  Will these two nations go to war? I […]  

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Donor Fatigue vs Disaster Fatigue

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

UnitingWorld’s Bronwyn Fraser, Manager Livelihood and Peacebuilding, Pacific, was in Fiji las week when an 8.1 earthquake hit near the Solomon Islands.  A tsunami warning sounded in Suva where she was attending a conference on Gender-Based Violence.  Bron offers her reflections on what disasters mean for the people of the Pacific- and what they mean […]  

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Celebrating a win for women and children in India- tightened laws on both sexual assault and human trafficking.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Had a conversation with seven year old Brydie the other day about how God doesn’t stop bad things from happening, but helps us get through difficult times. “You’re right,” Brydie said sagely.  “If God stopped all the bad things from happening, there’d be nothing left to go on the News, would there?” Shrewd observation about […]  

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"It's all about relationship"- UnitingWorld welcomes Rev Ji Zhang to Asian partnerships.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

UnitingWorld staff, friends and family gathered last Thursday at the Uniting Theological College Chapel, North Parramatta, to worship, pray and embark upon a new chapter in the life of our ministry together.  The occasion was the induction of  Rev Dr Ji Zhang who this week takes on the role of Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia. Ji follows in the tradition of Reverend John Barr who served with UnitingWorld... Read More »

“It’s all about relationship”- UnitingWorld welcomes Rev Ji Zhang to Asian partnerships.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

UnitingWorld staff, friends and family gathered last Thursday at the Uniting Theological College Chapel, North Parramatta, to worship, pray and embark upon a new chapter in the life of our ministry together.  The occasion was the induction of  Rev Dr Ji Zhang who this week takes on the role of Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia. Ji follows in the tradition of Reverend John Barr who served with UnitingWorld... Read More »