April, 2013

Handy Hints for Mission Volunteers – with thanks to Lu Piper

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

After many years of service in remote areas of the Papuan Islands region, UnitingWorld today said thank you to the amazing Rev Lu Piper for her deep commitment and service. In asking Lu what hints she had for others interested in serving as volunteers overseas, she responded simply but profoundly… “The most important thing is […]  

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It’s time for action

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

In a current Australian co-sponsored study of sexual violence in six Asia-Pacific countries, one in every four men admitted raping a woman or girl and one in every 25 had participated in gang rape. These are data averages from more than ten thousand men interviewed by the United Nations Partners for Prevention ‘Change Project’. Across […]  

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Real peace is about justice and it starts with me

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

“Real peace is not just the absence of conflict- it is the presence of justice.”  Martin Luther King. Dawn, April 25.  In hushed cities and towns all over Australia, school children shuffle and stamp their feet, blowing softly into the sleeves of school jackets to warm their hands, awed and sombre.   Early sun picks out […]  

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A unique gift for Mother's Day, volunteer placements and speaking up to end poverty: your April e-news

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In this issue: A gift of motherhood | Travels in China| We need you! UnitingWorld Experience Volunteers | In an election year: speak up to end poverty | City2Surf:  walk, jog or run to alleviate poverty | Thank you for Lent Event! | Our April reading list A gift of motherhood Wondering what to get your mum this Mother’s Day? What could be better than the gift of motherhood… for a woman in... Read More »

A unique gift for Mother’s Day, volunteer placements and speaking up to end poverty: your April e-news

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In this issue: A gift of motherhood | Travels in China| We need you! UnitingWorld Experience Volunteers | In an election year: speak up to end poverty | City2Surf:  walk, jog or run to alleviate poverty | Thank you for Lent Event! | Our April reading list A gift of motherhood Wondering what to get your mum this Mother’s Day? What could be better than the gift of motherhood… for a woman in... Read More »

A gift of faith – travels with Ji Zhang and Kathy Pereira

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Which country in the world am I visiting if: 21 years ago there was one theological college with 19 students but now there are over 21 theological colleges and bible schools with more than 30,000 graduates? 4000,000 new converts join the church each year? There are over 56,000 churches? There are 3700 ordained pastors serving […]  

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Stop the threat of war: Statement from Korean Partners

Friday, April 12th, 2013

The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK)  Statement on the Current Situation in the Korean Peninsula in view of the Joint US-ROK Military Exercises and Threats of War between North and South Korea March 13, 2013 Stop the threats of war, without any conditions, begin dialogue and negotiations!  “God will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will... Read More »

Resurrection matters

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

The gospel stories read in Church after Easter have much to do with the physicality of the risen Christ – Thomas touching the body of Jesus, Peter and others sharing a breakfast meal of bread and fish with Jesus.  Relying on those stories of an actual person, the Apostles’ Creed speaks of “the resurrection of […]  

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North Korea- Defuse tension with Easter peace

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Rev Dr Ji Zhang, UnitingWorld’s Manager for Partnerships, Asia, reflects on escalating tensions in North Korea and suggests that Jesus’ Easter message- in word and deed- holds the key to hope.  The Easter message of Jesus is very simple – “Peace be with you” (John 20: 19). Having experienced injustice and death, Jesus spoke to his disciples and female followers in the midst of their... Read More »