February, 2016

SPEAK UP! (Lent Week 4)

Monday, February 29th, 2016

As followers of Jesus, we’re called to stand alongside those who are working for justice around the world and particularly to help give a voice to those who struggle to be heard.  We’re the modern day prophets:  defending those who are weak, speaking the truth to those who are powerful.  It’s not an easy job. […]  

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A statement from the NCCP on the Burning of UCCP Shelter

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Deeply troubling news from the Philippines – we stand with our partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in prayer and concern at this time. “Doom to those who plot evil, who go to bed dreaming up crimes! As soon as it is morning, they’re off, full of energy, doing what they’ve planned. They covet fields and grab them, find homes and take them. They bully the neighbor and his... Read More »

UnitingWorld launches Emergency Appeal

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

UnitingWorld launches Emergency Appeal to support the people of Fiji following Cyclone Winston Our friends in Fiji are suffering widespread destruction in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which hit on Saturday 20th Feb. Donate Now Update 04 March It has now been confirmed almost 350,000 people were affected by cyclone Winston. 120,000 people are estimated to need urgent humanitarian shelter... Read More »

Cyclone Winston – Fiji Update

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Update: 8.30am Monday 22 Feb Message just received from Rev Dr Cliff Bird in our Fiji Office: Power supply has just come back on in parts of Suva, so able to send this brief email update on the aftermath of TC Winston. The curfew is still effective and will be lifted at 5.30 a.m. tomorrow, Monday. The very sketchy information received so far indicates that destruction has been widespread and very bad.... Read More »

Let them Stay – a Lenten Reflection

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Taken from UnitingWorld and the UCA Assembly’s staff worship on Tuesday 16 Feb By Rev Dr Ji Zhang, UnitingWorld’s Manager, Church Partnership –Asia  Luke 13:31-35 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, […]  

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Make me a daughter of this land.

Monday, February 15th, 2016

“Make me a daughter of this land because of my ancestry.”  These were the words of Rev Thresi Mauboy, Moderator of UCA Northern Synod as she joined me last month in the land of Papua and greeted 15,000 people at a church celebration in Manokwari capital of the province of West Papua. Let me give […]  

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Make me a daughter of this land.

Monday, February 15th, 2016

“Make me a daughter of this land because of my ancestry.”  These were the words of Rev Thresi Mauboy, Moderator of UCA Northern Synod as she joined me last month in the land of Papua and greeted 15,000 people at a church celebration in Manokwari capital of the province of West Papua. Let me give […]  

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An urgent statement from our church partner in Korea the NCCK

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Dear friends, Greetings from the NCCK. As the North launched a satellite, Kwangmyongsung-4 on Feb. 7, the Korean peninsula is being seized by furious waves again. In response to the nuclear test and satellite launch, the South and the US decided to deploy the THAAD and establish a MD system on the Korean soil. In a grave and surprising move, the South decided yesterday to close down Gaesung Industrial... Read More »

Less is more: top tips for decluttering your house and mind today

Monday, February 8th, 2016

We often have the belief that being in possession of more stuff will bring us a happier life. We must have the newest technology, more clothes or whatever everyone else has got. But once we have these things, think about how many hours go into worrying about them being broken or wrecked? More possessions will […]  

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An official Statement from the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Please see below for an official Statement from our partner, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea about the agreement between the foreign ministers of the Republic of Korea and Japan on the Japanese military sexual slavery issue Crimes against humanity cannot be a subject in diplomatic negotiations! Invalidate the agreement made by the Korea-Japan foreign ministers... Read More »