November, 2013

Prayer for the people in the Philippines

Friday, November 29th, 2013

By Rev Dr Ji Zhang Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia We are arriving at the three-week mark after one of the strongest typhoons on record hit the Philippines. Through electronic communications the world quickly understood the scale and context of the disaster and recognised the complexity of organising relief programs across the country and throughout remote islands. Our thoughts and prayers continue... Read More »

Philippines Typhoon Update 29 Nov 2013

Friday, November 29th, 2013

From Rev Andy Tiver, ACT Alliance Coordination Center Manila, 29 November 2013 It is so wonderful that those in Australia can support the Philippines at this critical time. But the needs are huge and only the tip of them has been addressed. The destructiveness and impact of this event are even too hard for those who are here to really grasp – the Philippines has had storms before but nothing on this... Read More »

Dreaming of the future: from Knox to PNG to Zimbabwe

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Richard La’Brooy is 20 years old and a member of the UnitingWorld Church Connections National Committee. He studies at Macquarie University where he also works as an Associate Uniting Church Chaplain. In 2009, when he was in Year 11, he went on a trip with his school in partnership with UnitingWorld to Papua New Guinea. […]  

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Emerging from the aftermath – Philippines Typhoon Update

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Nearly three weeks after the disastrous Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, it has become increasingly clear that the need for emergency relief and ongoing assistance remains critical. Four year old Sophia* is one of millions of children affected by the Typhoon. Saved from the storm by her uncle Ronnie, her parents were killed in the storm and their home destroyed. “I really had to struggle to keep... Read More »

UnitingWorld to farewell National Director, Rev Dr Kerry Enright in April 2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

25 November 2013 The National Director of UnitingWorld, the Reverend Dr Kerry Enright, will be concluding his ministry with UnitingWorld on 30 April, 2014.  The congregation of Knox Church, Dunedin, New Zealand has decided to call him to be their minister, a role he will take up 1 May, 2014. Kerry has been National Director for seven years.  He was appointed from New Zealand where he was the Assembly... Read More »

Update from the Philippines

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

21 November 2013 This morning, thanks to your generous donations, UnitingWorld has sent another $45,000 direct to the ACT Alliance in the Philippines to support ongoing emergency relief efforts. News just in from the ACT Coordination Centre, Manila confirms that around the clock relief work continues. Logistics in Samur and Leyte remain difficult but are improving. Many remote and coastal areas are... Read More »

Pray for Tuvalu

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

When considering the impact of Climate Change on the Pacific nation of Tuvalu the Uniting Church in Australia’s 10th Assembly 2003 resolved “to express our solidarity with the Christian Church of Tuvalu in this predicament and to call on our people to remember the people and church of Tuvalu in their prayers.” Our partner church […]  

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It is about moral justice – Kiribati President Tong

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Jill Finnane Eco-Justice Program Coordinator from the Edmond Rice Centre in Sydney recently met with Kiribati President Tong.  She shared these words from him about his own political experience and responding to the Australian Government’s recent statements on climate change. “Australia seems to be reversing  the trend that other countries are following.  Politics doesn’t always […]  

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Update from the Philippines

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Rev Andy Tiver is currently living in the Philippines. He is a UCA minister volunteering with the NCCP (National Council of Churches in the Philippines) through the AVID program and supported by UnitingWorld.  He is co-ordinating relief efforts at the ACT Alliance headquarters in the Philippines. Today, he gives us his experience of working in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. It is a privileged... Read More »

Update on the Philippine Typhoon Emergency Response

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Monday 18 November We continue to support the ACT Alliance as they respond to the needs of the Philippine people through on the ground networks and emergency response units. Excerpt from Update  – Act Alliance  (17 Nov) It is believed the food situation is easing but still critical in some places – especially in more remote locations where food aid has not reached or not reached in large... Read More »

Uniting Church in Australia supports Philippines relief effort

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

14 November 2013 Since launching the Philippines Typhoon appeal on Monday, UnitingWorld has received over $30,000 from the generous support of individuals, businesses and congregations within the Uniting Church in Australia. We are forwarding these funds with immediate effect to the ACT Alliance, of which we are a member, to distribute to agencies on the ground directly involved in relief efforts. All... Read More »

Update from United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

In an update received from our partner the UCCP last night 12 Nov; UCCP has started to survey the damage brought by Yolanda (local name for Typhoon Haiyan) to its local churches, constituencies and partner communities in identified disaster areas in Leyte, including Tacloban. As of this writing, the island of Samar is still incommunicado, with the San Juanico Bridge linking it with Leyte still impassable. “Tacloban... Read More »

November E-news: Support for the Philippines

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

In this issue: Philippines Typhoon Emergency Relief | Everything in Common | Get Inspired: Trek for Change: Indonesia 2014 | Breaking the cycle of disability and poverty | Have you read…? Philippines Typhoon Emergency Relief Our prayers are with our partners and the people of the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck last Friday, killing, injuring and displacing thousands of people and... Read More »

Worship Resource for Philippines Emergency Relief

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Support the victims and Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan Philippines Emergency Relief Appeal – November 2013 Click here to download a printable version of this Worship Resource. Click here to download prayers for the Philippines.   THE GATHERING OF THE PEOPLE Call to worship There is no place where you cannot reach, God who made the heavens and the earth. There is no journey which you have... Read More »

Support for our partners in the Philippines

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Our prayers are with our partners and the people of the Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan struck last Friday, killing, injuring and displacing thousands of people and destroying whole communities. UnitingWorld sent a message of support to the General Secretary of the Uniting Church’s partner, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and has received a response.  We will remain... Read More »

West Australian – West Papua Partnership: Touching Lives

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

On my recent trip to Perth I met people who are engaged in an exciting Uniting Church and West Papua partnership. They are Ms Lee-Anne Burnett, Mr Ross Gobby and Ms Marie Yunken from All Saints Floreat, Prof David Scott from Star Street UC, and Lyn Callaghan from Wesley Church. I spent two hours listening to people’s stories, their passion for justice and commitment to working with people from very... Read More »

Super Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Philippines is being pounded by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Ten million people are estimated to be in the path of the typhoon, and half a million people have already been evacuated. According to ABC news, the typhoon could cause major damage across a vast area of the central and southern Philippines. The Philippines is regularly affected by typhoons, with an average of 20 hitting the nation each year.... Read More »

World church discusses Pacific women and ordination

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

James Bhagwan writes in the Fiji Times that the denial of ordination of women – including those in parts of the Pacific – as ministers of religion was the focus of the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly earlier this week. While most Pacific churches have allowed the ordination of women as ministers, the door […]  

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“We actually have a surprising lot of things in common…”

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Jemima Taylor is 12 and travelled with her family to India last year as part of an InSolidarity Trip with UnitingWorld.  In the first of our EVERYTHING IN COMMON BLOG SERIES she writes for us here about her experiences meeting school girls who are part of education projects run in partnership with UnitingWorld and the Church of North India. Here I am in India in a boarding school with other children... Read More »