September, 2013

Kiribati Climate Change “refugee’s” claims denied in NZ

Friday, September 27th, 2013

A man from Kiribati whose home is threatened by rising sea levels has lost another bid to live in New Zealand as a refugee. The applicant, referred to as “AF” during the hearing, was appealing against a decision handed down by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, which dismissed his original claim. In its judgement, the […]  

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September E-news

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

In this issue: “They did not see me as a disabled person” | Australian and Chinese churches connect | AusAID to be absorbed into Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Your gifts are building a place of safety | Fight Unfair Fashion | Looking for some great Spring reading?  “They did not see me as a disabled person” Mr Matto is an energetic man in his mid-fifties from the Indonesian... Read More »

Five days behind the headlines in Papua… Day 5

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

There’s so much more to Papua New Guinea than recent headlines about violence on the Black Cat Trail and concerns around asylum seeker processing.  A nation that’s home to 800 different people groups, PNG recently played host to UnitingWorld’s Jane Kennedy, Church Partnership Programs Manager.  We’re publishing Jane’s ‘diary’ so you can get an intimate […]  

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Five days behind the headlines in Papua… Day 4

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

There’s so much more to Papua New Guinea than recent headlines about violence on the Black Cat Trail and concerns around asylum seeker processing.  A nation that’s home to 800 different people groups, PNG recently played host to UnitingWorld’s Jane Kennedy, Church Partnership Programs Manager.  We’re publishing Jane’s ‘diary’ so you can get an intimate […]  

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Five days behind the headlines in Papua… Day 3

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

There’s so much more to Papua New Guinea than recent headlines about violence on the Black Cat Trail and concerns around asylum seeker processing.  A nation that’s home to 800 different people groups, PNG recently played host to UnitingWorld’s Jane Kennedy , Church Partnership Programs Manager.  We’re publishing Jane’s ‘diary’ so you can get an […]  

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Five days behind the headlines in Papua… Day 2

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

There’s so much more to Papua New Guinea than recent headlines about violence on the Black Cat Trail and concerns around asylum seeker processing.  A nation that’s home to 800 different people groups, PNG recently played host to UnitingWorld’s Jane Kennedy , Church Partnership Programs Manager.  We’re publishing Jane’s ‘diary’ so you can get an […]  

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Five days behind the headlines in Papua… Day 1

Friday, September 20th, 2013

There’s so much more to Papua New Guinea than recent headlines about violence on the Black Cat Trail and concerns around asylum seeker processing.  A nation that’s home to 800 different people groups, PNG recently played host to UnitingWorld’s Jane Kennedy , Church Partnership Programs Manager.  We’re publishing Jane’s ‘diary’ so you can get an […]  

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Winds of Change for Fiji Methodists

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Netani Rika has written for Islands Business on the extreme makeover the Methodist Church in Fiji can expect under a new regime led by President Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu. Waqairatu was elected to lead the Methodist Church following an annual conference held in Suva last month. He promised to reform the church so it remains relevant and […]  

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“We won’t take the risk…we need a school right here”

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine being woken at 5am on a freezing cold morning in the famous tea town of Darjeeling in the Himalayan foothills and wrapping up in as many layers as you can to brace yourself for the –7 degrees temperature outside. Then imagine half walking and half running up […]  

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Volunteers Sent on their way to India!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Last week UnitingWorld officially fare-welled Experience Volunteers, Lena and David Reichardt as they departed for India on a three year placement with the Church in North India, Amritsar Diocese. The Commissioning of Dr Lena Reichardt, to serve as a Medical Officer at Lady Willingdon Hospital in Manali and the Induction of the Reverend Dr David Reichardt, to serve as Ecotheological Consultant with... Read More »

Stop the Cut to Foreign Aid

Friday, September 6th, 2013

24 hours before Australians head to the polls, the Uniting Church in Australia encourages people of faith to urge the Coalition: if elected, stop the cut to foreign aid. If elected, the Coalition’s plans to slash 4.5 billion dollars of promised foreign aid over the next four years will hurt those who need our assistance most says Rev. Dr Kerry Enright, Director of UnitingWorld, the Uniting Church... Read More »

Coalition to cut $4.5 billion from aid if elected

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

The Uniting Church in Australia has called on Australians to stand with people who would have moved from poverty but for the Coalition’s cut of $4.5 billion dollars from Australia’s official aid program. “Australia’s aid program saves lives, strengthens developing economies and reduces poverty”, said Dr Kerry Enright, Director of the Uniting Church’s development agency UnitingWorld, in... Read More »

Australian South Sea Islander celebrations at Beaudesert

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

A Shared History of Beaudesert and the arrival of South Sea Islanders 150 years ago: August 1863 – August 2013. A community commemoration was held at the original Townsvale Plantation (now Gleneagle) 24th August 2013 the date 150 years ago when South Sea Islanders were first bought to Queensland under a system of indentured labour. […]  

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Fiji Methodist Conference 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Conference of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma.  From 2009 to 2011 the church was banned from holding their conference by the government and although a conference was held in 2012, this was a very different conference to last year.  The church is confident and […]  

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