March, 2013

Easter gives UnitingWorld’s work meaning

Friday, March 29th, 2013

The following is a copy of our National Director Kerry Enright’s Easter message Jesus had gathered the data. He’d visited villages and responded to occasions of exclusion. He’d reached towards victims and perpetrators of injustice. Such was his experience that he determined to overcome what trapped both victims and perpetrators – the powers. So he turned […]  

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Easter Saturday: more than just down-time.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The reality of the Easter message is that in God, suffering is defeated and our world is transformed.  But that’s not yet our experience. Children die, injustice abounds and pain is all too frequent. So how do we live between the ‘now’ and the ‘not yet’? Cath Taylor takes a quick look in her Easter reflection […]  

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Joy, Pain, Hope and Humour – Listening to the Voices of i-Kiribati Women.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Often across the Pacific when women congregate together there are frequent loud outbursts of laughter. Due to language, I usually don’t understand the joke but the hilarity is infectious. In Kiribati it’s no different.  Here there have also been moments when it has been impossible to contain our own impulse to laugh as our two […]  

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World Water Day: good news despite scary stats

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Did you know that every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness? Or that women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water? Today I will be pause for thought when I head to the kitchen for my afternoon cup of tea, when I jump in the shower and when I flush the […]  

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Making voices heard in Australia and overseas this Easter: your March e-news

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

In this issue:  Transforming lives through leadership | Uniting Church students engage with poverty and development | Easter upon us | Advocacy news: join us in the Movement to End Poverty | Blogs, Interviews and other great reads Transforming lives through leadership During 2013 UnitingWorld, in partnership with Pacific Churches, is focussing on empowering women to overcome issues of gender imbalance,... Read More »

Uniting Church students engage with poverty and development in Adelaide

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Over 70 students from high schools across Adelaide came together at Seymour College last Tuesday to attend the One World WonTok youth poverty and development conference. The day began with students being given a new ‘identity’ for the day. These new identities came from countries as diverse as Papua New Guinea, South Sudan and India and gave the Australian students the opportunity to walk in the... Read More »

Interview with Reverend Eseta Meneilly

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Reverend Eseta Meneilly gives us her uncompromising views on the future of Pacific Women’s leadership within church and society… Hi Eseta thanks for talking with us; what do you believe are some of the challenges facing new female ministers and trainee ministers in the Pacific? The primary challenge is that of culture. Women in most parts of the Pacific have a place in society that is accepted,... Read More »

UnitingWorld joins the Movement to End Poverty

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

  Today UnitingWorld joins Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge in a joint, sector-wide action to end poverty. Why are we doing this? We all know that 2013 is an important year.  With the Federal Election set for September 14th and both major parties wavering on their past commitment to international development, it is vital we come together to remind our political leaders that the community... Read More »

“This change means everything”- why women in ministry matter in the Pacific.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

  When Lima Toura prepares a sermon, she does it by the light of a single cell solar battery lamp using her precious, tiny collection of third-hand commentaries given to her on graduation from Seghe Theological Seminary.  Forget Google.  Forget online forums.  Forget access to any library or nearby colleagues. “There’s no electricity in my […]  

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Unlocking change for women- a powerful key…

Friday, March 8th, 2013

So today is International Women’s Day and we women are feeling rightly chuffed about everything we’ve contributed to the world. As Mark Twain so neatly put it:  “What would men be without women? Mighty scarce sir, mighty scarce.” Yes, we’re crucial alright!  And yet you don’t have to look very far to realise that in […]  

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Students take on the World- WonTok Sydney

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The OneWorld WonTok Youth Conference on Poverty and Development kicked off today in Sydney at Pymble Ladies’ College. Through hands-on activities including simulation games, discussions and a Q and A panel with experts in the field, students from Sydney schools grappled with the root causes of poverty and the best ways to achieve development. “I learnt that everyone plays a part in overcoming... Read More »

Wave the banner to free the slaves: it works!

Monday, March 4th, 2013

It’s Labour Day in the West- howdy to all you Western Australians who have your feet up and are celebrating the hard won achievements of our forbears!  Back in 1856 the faithful began: chanting for the eight hour day and the five day week, protecting the rights of workers and by and large, getting what […]  

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