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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 »

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 »

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 »

Voices for Justice 2011

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Passionate about advocating for justice? You can join UnitingWorld and hundreds of like-minded advocates this year at Micah Challenge’s national gathering,  Voices for Justice 2011,  17-20 September 2011, Canberra. Including advocacy training, theological teaching, worship, prayer, workshops and meetings with politicians, Voices for Justice is four days of ACTION against poverty and injustice. For... Read More »

MAY E-NEWS

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

In this issue: Japan Quake and Tsunami Appeal Update | Concert for Japan | Lent Event Water Walk | Vanuatu Ministers Conference | UnitingWorld Experience: Insolidarity Japan Quake and Tsunami Appeal Update UnitingWorld has been inundated with responses to our appeal for those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Thanks to donors generosity, we have been able to raise nearly... Read More »

Expression of thanks from Japan to the Uniting Church in Australia

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

As the relief effort from key centres continues, our partner The United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) has expressed thanks to the Uniting Church in Australia for our support and prayers. Teruki Takada, Commission on Ecumenical Ministries of the The United Church of Christ in Japan (Kyodan) has conveyed a message of thanks. “The UCCJ is touched by your prayers. The messages which reached... Read More »

Japan Quake and Tsunami Appeal Launched

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

In response to the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan in the last week UnitingWorld has launched the Japan Quake and Tsunami Appeal. UnitingWorld has been in conversation over the last few days with Uniting Church partner,  the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ), who have numerous congregations in the affected areas. This appeal will support the UCCJ as they set up and provide... Read More »

UnitingWorld in contact with Church Partners in Japan

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

UnitingWorld has been in touch with churches in Japan to express concern and support on behalf of the Uniting Church in Australia following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. UnitingWorld’s National Director, Kerry Enright, has spoken to both the General Secretary of the Korean Christian Church in Japan (KCCJ), the Reverend Seong Wan Hong, and the Ecumenical Secretary of the United Church... Read More »

March E-News

Monday, March 7th, 2011

In this issue: Right to Learn | Alistair Macrae, President UCA, names Lent Event as a gift to the Uniting Church | Preparing for Lent Event 2011 | Partnering with Sri Lanka | Everything in Common – the gift that expresses solidarity all year round | International Women’s Day Right to Learn “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”... Read More »

Madeline Gordon makes a real difference

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

From a very young age Madeline has been aware of the world beyond Australia, and the struggle of those who live in poverty. So recently the 8-year-old set out to do something about it. After choosing a number of ‘gift items’ from UnitingWorld’s Everything In Common Catalogue, Madeline sought the help of friends and family to raise $450.00 to go towards these projects. She succeeded in raising... Read More »

International Church Partners respond to Queensland floods

Monday, January 24th, 2011

UnitingWorld has been inundated with expressions of concern, support and love from our Church Partners across Asia and the Pacific in response to the Flood emergency facing large portions of Queensland. These expressions demonstrate the depth of mutuality and partnership that the Uniting Church through UnitingWorld has with our International partners. We are so grateful for their thoughts and... Read More »

December E-News

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

In this Issue: Say Peace Now | Tensions in Korea | Everything in Common Gift Stall | Mt Merapi & Mentawai Disaster Response | UnitingWorld Blogs | Final E-News of 2010 SAY PEACE NOW In early December UnitingWorld launched the Say Peace Now Christmas appeal, to call attention to Young Ambassadors for Peace (YAP) work in Ambon, Indonesia. Ambon was a hotbed of conflict and... Read More »

Partner Churches in Korea Express Concern about North-South Tensions

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

In the aftermath of North Korea launching rockets and shells at a South Korean border island six days ago, China has  joined the international chorus of deep concern about rising tensions between North and South Korea. Rev. John Barr, Associate Director Church Solidarity (Asia) has been in contact with The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Presbyterian Church... Read More »

A One Day Conference – WEST PAPUA UPDATE

Friday, November 26th, 2010

West Papua Update A one day conference is being held on human rights in West Papua and security sector reform, plus a new collection of photos from West Papua. Mon Nov 29, 10.30am-4pm. Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Mackie Bldg, Rm 114, Arundel St, Forest Lodge, Sydney University. Speakers: Prof Peter King (Sydney Uni), Muso Sombuk (University of Papua), Rusdi Marpaung... Read More »

Belvoir Street Theatre Benefit Night (Sydney)

Friday, November 12th, 2010

This Sunday 14th November at 5pm Proceeds to Young Ambassadors for Peace (Bougainville) We apologise for the late notice but we have just heard from Paul Dwyer who is currently performing his acclaimed Bougainville Photoplay at the Belvoir Street Theatre, that all proceeds from this Sunday Nights 5pm Session (14th Nov) will go to UnitingWorld’s peacemaking work in Bougainville – YAP. The... Read More »

Materials Available for Everything in Common Gift Stalls

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

UnitingWorld has launched the material and process for churches and groups to hold their very own Everything in Common Gift Stall. Last week we released Everything in Common – a Gift Catalogue working for the alleviation of poverty and injustice in solidarity with the partner churches of the Uniting Church of Australia. The gift stall kit includes posters, 12 selected gifts at $25, $50 and $75 price... Read More »

November E-news

Friday, November 5th, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE: Everything in Common Catalogue launched | Disaster Relief Efforts in Indonesia | Supporting the campaign to end Child Labour and Child Trafficking |UnitingWorld Experience Volunteers | Peacemaking in Timor-Leste Everything in Common Cataloge launched UnitingWorld has launched the Everything in Common gift catalogue in time for Christmas 2010. The catalogue is a unique way for... Read More »

Launch of the Everything in Common Gift Catalogue

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

UnitingWorld has launched the Everything in Common gift catalogue in time for Christmas 2010. The catalogue is a unique way for Uniting Church people to stand with our overseas partners while celebrating the birth of Jesus, the ultimate gift of peace. The catalogue covers the range of UnitingWorld engagement with our Church Partners through gift options in our Relief and Development, Peacemaking,... Read More »

Launch of Mentawai and Merapi Disaster Appeal

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Rev. Kuntadi Sumadikarya (Moderator of the Indonesian Christian Church and GKI Humanitarian) has requested the support of the Uniting Church in Australia as the church seeks to provide much needed medical assistance as a result of the recent Mount Merapi eruption and the earthquake off Mentawai, West Sumatra. The death toll from the Oct. 25 earthquake and tsunami off Mentawai Islands has been revised... Read More »