April, 2015

Earthquake hits Nepal

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck north west of Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu and the impact has extended to northern India. Over 4000 people are dead and thousands believed to be injured. Huge sections of the capital city have been flattened. ACT Alliance, of which UnitingWorld is a member, have agencies working on the ground and are assessing immediate needs. They report current needs... Read More »

UCA calls for immediate moratorium on the transfer of asylum seekers

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The Uniting Church in Australia has just called for an immediate moratorium on the transfer of asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island. The call, which is joined by more than 100 other Australian organisations, comes ahead of the imminent return of a five year-old girl currently being held in Darwin, who attempted to commit suicide after an extended period of detention on Nauru. Please click here... Read More »

Lip Balm for Vanuatu – an Innovative Relief Response

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Yep, you read it right. In response to the recent devastation wreaked by Cyclone Pam, one forward-thinking group – Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church in Qld – have found the ultimate solution. You guessed it: Lip Balm. Ok, so for the uninitiated out there (mostly the blokes), lip balm is like a lipstick but not really. […]  

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3 things you might secretly believe about climate change (that probably aren’t true)

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

1.  It’s not that bad Well, sure.  It’s not that bad for us! But if you thought climate change was only about polar bears losing a grip on their ice caps or rainforests keeling over, have a conversation with Somalian mother Inja. Her four year-old daughter was one of 260,000 people who died of hunger […]  

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The Chicken, the bike and Climate Change – a Tuvaluan Story.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

I begin by asking the age old question – “Why did the chicken cross the road?” And to that, I sadly must say I have no answer. But let’s take a minute and reflect on that chicken. I am in Tuvalu and so is the chicken. The chicken lives here but my UnitingWorld colleague and […]  

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An Easter prayer from a UnitingWorld supporter

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The team at UnitingWorld are so often inspired by our Australian supporters and the work you all do. Today, we’d like to share an Easter Prayer written by Rev Gillies Ambler from South Australia;  This Twisted Cross.   Twisted, crucified upon a tree, Jesus, who came to set us free. How is this story twisted out of shape? It’s proclamation of love, now twisted as hate. Twisted –... Read More »

After Cyclone Pam – now what?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH UNITINGWORLD’S REVEREND SEFOROSA CARROLL Right now, there’s another Super Cyclone howling toward tiny islands in the Pacific and the Philippines – Maysak.  It’s the third this March – unseasonably late – and as a Category 5, projected to be the biggest in the Pacific since 2002.  In its path are tiny communities […]  

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