January, 2012

Fiji floods

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Nearly 800 people have been evacuated as a result of flooding hitting the western part of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. Six people died and flood waters don’t appear to be easing. Associate General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma Rev Tevita Nawadra Banivanua reports that he has spoken with some of […] The post Fiji floods appeared first on UnitingWorld Blogs.  

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Fiji floods

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Nearly 800 people have been evacuated as a result of flooding hitting the western part of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. Six people died and flood waters don’t appear to be easing. Associate General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma Rev Tevita Nawadra Banivanua reports that he has spoken with some of […]  

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Uniting Church Volunteer Recognised on Australia Day

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Lu Piper, a Uniting Church volunteer in Papua New Guinea, has been awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the international community through educational, health and pastoral roles. The Medal, awarded on Australia Day, recognises Lu’s extensive work in PNG as well as her contribution to indigenous education in Australia and her work as a parish minister in the Anglican Church.... Read More »

Junk the parochialism!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Recently I was asked to comment on a story prepared for a local church newspaper. Sadly, the opening paragraph of this draft referred to Indonesia as being “aggressive”. Such sweeping statements trouble me. My family and I spent the best years of our lives living in Indonesia. Our Indonesian friends and colleagues were generous, kind […] The post Junk the parochialism! appeared first on UnitingWorld... Read More »

Junk the parochialism!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Recently I was asked to comment on a story prepared for a local church newspaper. Sadly, the opening paragraph of this draft referred to Indonesia as being “aggressive”. Such sweeping statements trouble me. My family and I spent the best years of our lives living in Indonesia. Our Indonesian friends and colleagues were generous, kind […]  

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Australia Day and an event called Lent Event….

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

By Rob Lutton With Australia Day again upon us I for one declare that I am most proud of my country when I see us rise above self-interest and give to others with no sense of personal benefit. I think of the many disasters of recent years from the Boxing Day Tsunami to Victorian bush […]  

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New Year Greetings from Burma

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Many of us know very little about Burma. This is no doubt because Burma (or the Republic of the Union of Myanmar) remains one of South East Asia’s poorest counties. It is also clearly one of South East Asia’s most isolated countries with an appalling track record in human rights and the treatment of minority […]  

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Some things are indestructible

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I have always wondered what’s the purpose of embalming?  Is it a way of protecting ourselves from the ultimate truth that our bodies are mortal? Or does a “formaldehyde makeover” simply help us to look our “best” when we are really at our “worst”? Let’s face it, our bodies die and they decay. Our earthly […]  

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Volunteerism and a search for cultural authenticity

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Should I feel guilty about wanting to be part of the growing group of people who want do more than just visit another country as a tourist ? Surely it is better to make part of my next holiday an opportunity to contribute to the culture I am visiting rather  than simply go on what […]  

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A 2012 to Remember? Trek for the rights of others!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

My New Year’s Resolution is to stop inadvertently looking both ways before crossing one way streets.  Yep, big-risk taking resolution there… It’s good to have an achievable goal, I reckon. A surprising number of New Year’s Resolutions will involve weight loss, fitness, thinking more about the needs of others and getting out in the big […]  

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