September, 2011

Mabuhay! Filipino for welcome and a lot more…

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Mabuhay! For any of you who have travelled in the Philippines, this common greeting will probably be familiar. The dictionary translates it as ‘welcome’ but like so many words, the formal definition fails to do justice to the energy and spirit behind the word. Much more than a formal welcome, mabuhay conveys the wish that […]  

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Suicide bombing in local church – Indonesian Communion of Churches call for calm

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

In a press release issued today the Board of Executives of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia expressed their deep concern over the suicide bombing that took place in the Bethel Full Gospel Church in Solo on Sunday 25th September just beofre 11am. Rev Andreas Yewangoe (General Chairperson) and Rev Gomar Gultom (General Secretary) write: […]  

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Great food, growing peace & good development

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A guest blog from Hannah Ireland, who recently visited Mindanao as part of a Young Ambassadors for Peace workshop. Almost six weeks ago my first niece was born.  One day old when I first went to visit her in hospital, she was very small, and extremely cute. I remember thinking, that evening, about the life […]  

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Suicide Bomber attacks Christian Church in Indonesia

Monday, September 26th, 2011

A peaceful Sunday in the Central Java city of Solo ended up in chaos this week as many people attending worship at the Bethel Full Gospel Church witnessed a bombing. Around 11am a suicide bomber exploded a device as hundreds of people were leaving the church, killing himself and injuring at least 27 others. Central Java is a centre for Islamic […]  

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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 »

West Papua – a critical month coming up

Monday, September 19th, 2011

West Papuans are spiritual people. Deeply conscious of benevolent and malevolent powers greater than themselves, they constantly recognise the loving God who gives life while remaining on guard against “dark” powers that may overwhelm them. Indeed, every time I visit West Papua I am humbled by this intense spirituality. On February 5th 1855, the German missionaries, Carl […]  

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Investment needed for “lost generation” of Pacific youth

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Poverty, a lack of access to health and education services and dwindling job opportunities are preventing Pacific youth from reaching their full potential. Failing to invest in their development will be costly to governments in the long run, says a new report from UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). […]  

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A Shocking Business – Trafficking Children

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Its a shocking business!  Thousands of children are being trafficked on the Indian sub-continent to work as camel jockeys in the oil-rich states of the Persian Gulf. Boys as young as four or five are strapped to the backs of camels and forced to race. The young boys often slip off and are trampled or they are […]  

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Population, Crowds & the Health and Education ‘A-Gender’ in Timor Leste

Friday, September 9th, 2011

This weekend football stadiums in Australia and New Zealand will be filled to the brim with fans watching the Rugby  World Cup and the NRL/AFL finals. Imagine for a moment if half of the crowd were under the age of 18 years of age? Well that would most likely be the scenario, at least by […]  

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Why visit a doctor?

Monday, September 5th, 2011

I wonder what the top five reasons for visiting a doctor are? I went to the doctors here in Sydney just this morning. Nothing too serious. As I sat in the waiting room I tried to glance subtly (as you do) at the other patients around me. A pregnant woman, small kid with a runny […]  

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