Korean churches to Trump: We want peace

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

16 March, 2016 The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) has released a statement urging President Trump to de-escalate the growing tensions between the United States and North Korea. Tensions have risen due to the deployment of a US-supplied anti-missile defense system ‘THAAD’ (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in South Korea. In response, North Korea has announced they’re preparing... Read More »

Evangelical Church in Lebanon celebrates first ordained women pastors

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Middle East Desk, Sydney Office March 2017 The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon has announced the ordination of the first two women as ministers in the Evangelical Church in Lebanon. As the Evangelical Church celebrates the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation this year, Rev. Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the Synod, has announced that two women Preachers in the church will be... Read More »

UnitingWorld hosts disaster risk reduction workshops in Suva

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

21 Feb, 2017 “What do you have left when all you can see and touch is lost?” That was the starting point for deep discussions on disaster response at workshops hosted by UnitingWorld at the Pacific Theological College in the Fijian capital Suva from 15-17 February 2017. Over the course of three days UnitingWorld’s Regional Coordinator of Pacific Programs Rev. Dr Cliff Bird, Associate Director... Read More »

#StrongerThanWinston: Fiji six months on

Friday, August 26th, 2016

26 August, 2016 Fiji’s recovery from Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston is a great story of what partnerships can achieve:  partnerships between government, local church and people from all over the world, including Australian Uniting Church members who provided over $500,000 toward recovery efforts.  Six months on, we look back. When Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on 20 February, 2016... Read More »

100 Prayers for Healing, Reconciliation and Peaceful Reunification of Korea

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

16 August, 2016 The Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) has published 100 Prayer Topics on Healing, Reconciliation, and Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Nation and invited partner churches to pray with them as they work for peace and unity. Prayers for peace and reunification written on ribbons and tied together on the border of North and South Korea The publication coincides with the 71st anniversary... Read More »

In Zimbabwe, churches implore: “be responsive to the cries of our people” – WCC

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

21 July 2016 The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) and UnitingWorld are concerned about the deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe, as expressed in a joint statement from church leaders to the World Council of Churches (WCC). UCA President Stuart McMillan has called on the members of the UCA to pray for Zimbabwe and the work of the Church there. “We cannot ignore the plight of the people... Read More »

Will the ceasefire hold in South Sudan?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

18 July, 2016 The recent violence in South Sudan that resulted in the deaths of over 300 people has thankfully deescalated over the past week. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and first Vice-President Riek Machar have ordered a ceasefire, and we are praying that it will hold long enough for government agencies to restore stability and humanitarian agencies to respond to the crisis. The Presbyterian... Read More »

Papua New Guinea famine: Food reaches remote communities

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

12 June, 2016 In response to the famine emergency caused by El Nino-driven drought in Papua New Guinea, UnitingWorld and its partner the United Church in PNG (UCPNG) have been distributing food and providing vital leadership to ensure relief operations reach the worst affected areas. Collaborating with the World Food Program (WFP) and Church Partnership Program (CPP) agencies, UnitingWorld and UCPNG... Read More »

Violent clashes in South Sudan raise fears of civil war

Monday, July 11th, 2016

11 July, 2016 More than 300 people are reported to have been killed in South Sudan since heavy fighting broke out between political factions late last last month. Intensifying gun battles between government and opposition forces in the capital Juba and in the north-west town of Wau have resulted in dozens of civilian casualties, and thousands have been displaced from their homes. Leaders of the Presbyterian... Read More »

China flood disaster: a call for prayer as millions impacted

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

July 6, 2016 Heavy rain around China’s Yangtze river basin has left 128 people dead and scores missing, Chinese media says, with more damage feared from a typhoon expected to land this week. Our partner church, the China Christian Council (CCC) has today requested prayers during this disaster. In response, Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) President Stuart McMillan has written a pastoral letter... Read More »

World Council of Churches declares solidarity with Tanah Papua (West Papua)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

28 June 2016 Amid reports of a deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua, a minute of support for Papuans was issued on 28 June during the closing day to a meeting in Trondheim, Norway, of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The WCC has followed the situation since before the 1969 incorporation of West Papua into Indonesia. During peaceful protests of government... Read More »

A call to pray for our brothers and sisters in West Papua

Monday, June 27th, 2016

27 June 2016 The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has called the people of the Uniting Church to pray for our Papuan brothers and sisters in Christ as the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua (Gereja Kristen Injili Di Tanah Papua ‘GKI-TP’) lead their people through troubled times. “We ask for congregations across Australia to hold our partners in prayer... Read More »

Federal Election Prayer and Worship Gatherings

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Micah Australia is hosting a series of vigils across Australia in the month of June to pray for justice for our global community, guidance for Australia’s contribution to a world free from poverty, and to call for our nation to be a good neighbour in the community of nations. For more info on where to find a vigil near you – or how to host one, visit UnitingWorld... Read More »

Pray for PNG

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

UnitingWorld is praying for Papua New Guinea and our thoughts are with our partners as student demonstrations and unrest continues today in Port Moresby and in other parts of the country. People have been showing their support online using the hashtag #PrayForPNG Yesterday police opened fire on students from the University of PNG as they attempted to march to the national parliament to present the... Read More »

MEDIA RELEASE: A Biblical take on Human Rights – Bridging the Gap for Gender Equality in the Pacific

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

A forum to open the way for secular and faith-based agencies and Churches to work collaboratively toward gender equality and the reduction of violence against women in the Pacific is being hosted by UnitingWorld in Suva from 12 to 13 May. The “Bridging the Gap Forum” is part of UnitingWorld’s Pacific-wide Partnering Women for Change Program, co-funded by the Australian government through the... Read More »

A Three-Way Partnership for Education in Papua

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Over the past two years, UnitingWorld has worked with our partner churches, Indonesia Christian Church (GKI) and Evangelical Church in the Land of Papua (GKI-TP) to form a three-way partnership. The partnership is designed to improve the quality of Christian education in two provinces of Papua and West Papua. The Indonesian government has introduced a regulation that requires all teachers to have a... Read More »

September E- News

Friday, September 4th, 2015

God in Not A Secret to Be Kept: Equipping Christian Leaders All across the globe, the Christian Church is alive and well. Yet for many of our church partners, and for the thousands in their communities who long to grow with the message of Christ, there’s often a critical lack of trained leaders able to teach and guide what could be a tremendous movement for change. Families in remote Himalayan villages... Read More »

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 »

The Election is just around the corner: August E-news

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

In this issue: THE ELECTION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER| LOOKING BEYOND TEA IN DARJEELING | ONE DAY IN TONGA | HOST AN EVERYTHING IN COMMON GIFT STALL | THEY RAN FOR A CAUSE THE ELECTION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER The Federal Election is just over a week away and there are some hot issues being debated along the campaign trail. But the important question of Australia’s generosity to our overseas... Read More »

Join the movement: July E-news

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In this issue: We couldn’t have done it without you | Your chance to stand against child trafficking | Run the City2Surf | Partnership:  it’s about relationship, not just resources | Congratulations to the Minister for International Development | Winter Good Reads We couldn’t have done it without you A big thanks to every one of you for helping us raise over $340,000 in our Do More Together... Read More »

June e-news

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

In this issue: Changing lives through education in India | Volunteer in Focus – Experiencing life and faith in the Solomon Islands | Join us to hear more about overseas volunteering | A different side to Bali | #Firstworldproblems Changing lives through education – a new future for India’s children Shona Thangavel is a young Indian woman passionate about education. In a recent blog... 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 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 »

Making voices heard in Australia and overseas this Easter: your March e-news

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

In this issue:  Transforming lives through leadership | Uniting Church students engage with poverty and development | Easter upon us | Advocacy news: join us in the Movement to End Poverty | Blogs, Interviews and other great reads Transforming lives through leadership During 2013 UnitingWorld, in partnership with Pacific Churches, is focussing on empowering women to overcome issues of gender imbalance,... Read More »

Interview with Reverend Eseta Meneilly

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Reverend Eseta Meneilly gives us her uncompromising views on the future of Pacific Women’s leadership within church and society… Hi Eseta thanks for talking with us; what do you believe are some of the challenges facing new female ministers and trainee ministers in the Pacific? The primary challenge is that of culture. Women in most parts of the Pacific have a place in society that is accepted,... Read More »

Lent underway and chickens for Easter… Your February Enews

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

In this issue:  Lent Event underway at Star Street Uniting Church | Joy Balazo recognised by Methodist World Council Peace Award | Uniting Church school partners in the Pacific | Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Star Street Uniting Church walks the Purple Path for Lent At Star Street Uniting in Perth on Sunday members of the congregation walked a “Purple Path” to celebrate the... Read More »

October E-news

Friday, October 12th, 2012

In this issue:  Experiencing India | Politicians put poverty first; UN says hunger target within reach | A life-saving opportunity | Bali church partners remember | West Timor- volunteers serving with love | Everything In Common- Get in your canoe this year Experiencing India “Simply amazing! Life changing!! One of the best experiences of my life.” When Hugo Joubert from The Gap Uniting... Read More »

September E News

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

In this issue: Good news from  North Korea | South Sudan: Midwives saving lives | Gender equality: UnitingWorld says YES! | Thailand:  Volunteering thrives | It’s that time again- Everything in Common Gift Stall | Good news at last from North Korea: letter from the field It’s extremely hot in North Korea right now and in a letter from our partners, who are working hard to feed families... Read More »

Governments to promote gender equality in the Pacific

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Gender equality in the Pacific will be bolstered through a regional initiative announced today by the Australian Prime Minister at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands. The $320 million Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative will support the efforts of Pacific countries to empower women to fully participate in political, economic and social life through a range of targeted interventions. Women... Read More »

Joy Balazo Winner of 2012 World Methodist Peace Award

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Joy Balazo has just been announced as the winner of the World Methodist Peace Award for 2012. A native of the Southern Philippine island of Mindanao, Joy emerged as a voice for peace in the Asia Pacific region through her involvement with the Uniting Church in Australia. Joy worked for over twenty years with UnitingWorld and its predecessors. Ten years ago she established Young Ambassadors for Peace,... Read More »

August E-News

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

In this issue: Homelessness, Starvation and Disease Threaten North Korea | New project: Sri Lankan women and girls, victims of war | Christianity thrives world-wide:  leaders visit Adelaide | Time and Tithe – the view from Tonga | Gift a Cow Today | Flooding in the Philippines Homelessness, Starvation and Disease Threaten North Korea Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless and... Read More »

November E-News

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

In this issue: Challenging Times for our Partners in West Papua and Amritsar, North India |  Dollar for Dollar Initiative ending 30th November – Horn of Africa Appeal | Creative Giving with Everything in Common | Learning Together: Women from Vanuatu and Australia connect | Experiencing Development in Context – InSolidarity 2012 | Rolling out LentEvent 2012 Challenging Times for our... Read More »

Challenging Times for our Partners in West Papua and North India

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

West Papua Confrontation looms in West Papua. Thursday December 1st is the 50th anniversary since Papuan independence was first declared and West Papua moved from Dutch colonial rule to a United Nations mandate. That mandate was handed to Indonesia two years later and history now demonstrates West Papua was, somewhat controversially, incorporated into the Republic of Indonesia in 1969 after a sham... Read More »

Everything in Common Gift Catalogue 2011

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Sight to the blind, freedom for captives, good news to the poor this Christmas. UnitingWorld has just launched the Everything in Common Gift Catalogue, your chance to give sight to the blind, freedom for captives and good news to the poor this Christmas. The Catalogue contains gifts that support the ministry of Uniting Church Partners beyond Australia in the areas of Relief and Development, Peacemaking,... Read More »

October E-News

Monday, October 17th, 2011

In this issue:  Farewell Joy Balazo | More Than Peace in Mindanao | Uncompromising Compassion for North Korea | Gifts to be DOUBLED dollar for dollar | Here, there and everywhere | Everything in Common 2011 | Opportunity to help shape our mission Farewell Joy Balazo After twenty years of travelling across the Asia-Pacific region spreading seeds of peace, the founder of Young Ambassadors for... Read More »

In announcing Horn of Africa Dollar-for-Dollar Initiative Minister for Foreign Affairs Kevin Rudd commends Uniting Church

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Today The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, stood outside Tecoma Uniting Church in Melbourne to announce the Australian Government’s plans to support Australian NGO’s, including the Relief and Development Unit of UnitingWorld, in their response to the Horn of Africa crisis. The Australian Government’s Dollar-for-Dollar initiative will match each dollar donated to appeals... Read More »

Uniting Church Peacemaker, Joy Balazo to retire after 20 years of Service

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

A New Chapter for Joy Balazo and Young Ambassadors for Peace After twenty years of travelling across the Asia-Pacific region spreading seeds of peace, the founder of Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP), Uniting Church Peacemaker, Joy Balazo had indicated an intention to retire. Joy has decided it’s time to ‘dirty her hands’ in the soil of her home island of Mindanao in the Philippines. On this... Read More »

Fiji Government Muscles Methodists

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

For updates on the situation, and more information on specific action to take to support the Fijian Methodists in Fiji and Rotuma, click here. In response to continued interference from the Fijian military into Church decisions, and the cancellation of the Methodist Church Annual Conference last week, UnitingWorld has issued a statement in support of our partner the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. A... Read More »

August E-Newsletter

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

In this issue:  Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal |  Uncompromising Compassion for North Korea | Run to alleviate poverty | Peace and empowerment in the Philippines | New Experience Placements for 2011-12 Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal “This is the last of my food” Lucia Muvilo Ngotho, north eastern Kenya In recent weeks our media has been flooded with images and stories from the Horn of Africa,... Read More »

West Timor: Now That’s Good Development DVD

Monday, June 20th, 2011

We live in a world that still has 2.5 billion people living below the poverty line. In recent decades progress has been made in reducing poverty but it remains one of the key moral challenges of our day. As Jim Wallis has said “Poverty is a moral issue, it’s a faith issue, it’s a religious issue.” But why is poverty still an issue? So much has been attempted over recent decades.... Read More »