December, 2010

Leaked embassy cables tell us what we already know about Papua

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

“Leaked embassy cables reveal that US diplomats privately blame Jakarta for instability and chronic underdevelopment in West Papua…” reports the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) today, 23rd December 2010. The US Embassy in Jakarta is reported as saying “the region is politically marginalised and many Papuans harbour separatist aspirations.” The SMH article also refers to US Embassy... Read More »

Roz’s PhotoBlog: #6

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

After music or dancing, there might be other lessons such as Maths, Science, Civics, History/Geography, Art, Bahasa Bali or Japanese, or Religion (Most Balinese are Hindu, but there are also many Muslims and Christians, and the 7 Widhya Asih orphanages run by the Protestant Church in Bali are open to children of all faiths. This is a Christian school, but at the local government schools... Read More »

Roz’s PhotoBlog: #5

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

After a cup of tea (or coffee. Or both. And several cakes and bananas just to keep us going) it’s time for other subjects which I am NOT so good at, like dancing. Isn’t it a privilege to WATCH other people who are very skilled at something and enjoy their beauty and their graceful choreographed movements and the rhythm of the music….. WITHOUT having to participate in public!... Read More »

A Veil of Silence is Killing Papua

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Isak Jeksen Mebri shot dead by an Indonesian soldier in Wutung border area with Papua New Guinea on 11th February; an estimated 30 people killed in the Paniai Regency in July: a journalist, Ardiansyah Matrais, found dead in  a river near Merauke on 27th July; Naftali Kwan and Septinus Kwan shot dead by Police Mobile Brigade in Manokwari on 16th September; video footage obtained in... Read More »

Justice will come some day

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Liu Xaiobo, the current holder of the Nobel Peace Prize is perhaps most well known because he could not attend the award ceremony in Oslo to receive this prestigious prize on 10th December. Human rights advocates around world know Lui Xaibo as the one who unveiled what is known as “Charter 08”.  This document calls for sweeping changes to China’s political system and it calls... Read More »

The Witness of God

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

John G. Flett, The Witness of God – The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth and the Nature of Christian Community (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2010) I’ve just finished reading this impressive book.  It seeks to address the perplexing dynamic by which the Church in the West has become so curved in on itself.   Flett says a major cause is theological, that we have come to see the act... Read More »

Fear of war this Christmas

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The “live-fire drill of the South Korean Government is driving the Korean Peninsular toward a maelstrom of war” says the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea. This church is one of three Uniting Church partners in Korea and it strongly condemns what it calls the “provocative decision” of the South Korean Government and the “vowed retaliation” of the North Koreans. The... Read More »

Methodists express concern for Fiji’s Christmas

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The Indian Division of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma has expressed concern that due to the Christmas Day public holiday being held on Monday, some employers are insisting that workers, including those who are Christian, work on Saturday 25 December.  Methodist Church Indian Division Superintendent Rev William. Lucas has called for clarification from Government to prevent... Read More »

Roz’s Bali Teaching PhotoBlog: #4

Friday, December 17th, 2010

After English class I definitely need a cup of tea. Or coffee. Or both. And something to eat. Fortunately they DO have a canteen at the Christian Junior High School here at Melaya, in Jembrana in Western Bali. If only the food is half as good at the Wycliffe café… if (oops, WHEN!) it eventually arrives…… Isn’t it a privilege to enjoy the fresh water to drink when you want... Read More »

Wisdom from 201-209BCE!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Yesterday, our UnitingWorld staff visited the First Emperor exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery as our office Christmas gathering. Terracotta warriors, bronze sculptures and artefacts that date from a  time and place that seem so remote to our context were amazing to see. Especially when you walk out the door and are confronted by the huge work setting up the stage and equipment for... 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 »