February, 2012

West Papua is an issue for us all

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, recently the Executive of the World Council of Churches issued a strongly worded statement raising concerns about West Papua. This comes in the wake of a number of statements by the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua and the Indonesian Communion of Churches. The full text of the WCC […]  

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Looking Forward in South Sudan

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

It’s our fourth day in Juba, the capital of South Sudan and I’m getting used to a heat reflecting its Equatorial proximity.  The lack of infrastructure is evident everywhere.  It does not take long before sealed roads turn to dirt roads with deep holes and protruding rocks.  Even the best four wheel drive proceeds slowly […]  

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South Sudan – ‘Do no harm and with discernment work to do good’

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

There are strong links between Australia and South Sudan despite being in very different parts of the world.  People welcomed as refugees in Australia have brought their skills back to South Sudan to help build a new nation.  Those I met yesterday at a Presbyterian Church of Sudan service of over a thousand people here […] The post South Sudan – ‘Do no harm and with discernment... Read More »

South Sudan – ‘Do no harm and with discernment work to do good’

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

There are strong links between Australia and South Sudan despite being in very different parts of the world.  People welcomed as refugees in Australia have brought their skills back to South Sudan to help build a new nation.  Those I met yesterday at a Presbyterian Church of Sudan service of over a thousand people here […]  

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It begins!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Energy and enthusiasm, that’s the Event!  From a Water Walk to foregoing all processed foods, Elizabeth de Réland, Sunday School Co-ordinator at Leigh Memorial Church, Parramatta, writes about what it’s like to run Lent Event for kids.  Over the past few years, Lent Event has become one of our church’s ‘traditions’. There are about 20 kids, […]  

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Building new partnerships in South Sudan

Monday, February 27th, 2012

At the end of last week my colleague, Geoff Dornan, and I met with the small management team of the Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PDRA), the development arm of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan in Nairobi. One of the main reasons for our visit was to discuss and establish a partnership with them, in […] The post Building new partnerships in South Sudan appeared first on UnitingWorld... Read More »

Building new partnerships in South Sudan

Monday, February 27th, 2012

At the end of last week my colleague, Geoff Dornan, and I met with the small management team of the Presbyterian Relief and Development Agency (PDRA), the development arm of the Presbyterian Church of Sudan in Nairobi. One of the main reasons for our visit was to discuss and establish a partnership with them, in […]  

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It’s all go in the West

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Today, for the first time, people in Western Australia will take part in Lent Event.  There’s a sense of anticipation in the air…  Sarah Mummé, Justice and Mission Officer from WA, writes about what it’s like to be part of the National Movement. For over 40 congregations in Western Australia, 2012 will be the first […]  

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And from the minister…

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

It officially starts tomorrow, and Lent services will begin on Sunday.  Rev John Ruhle, from The Gap Uniting Church, gives us a quick insight into what Lent Event will mean for his congregation and family. As the year rolls on, it’s with a sense of anticipation that we’ve been making worship service preparations for Lent […]  

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Eventful News – One week to go!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

In this edition:  One week until Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent Event… | Step 1. Put Community Notice 3 in your community notices| Step 2: Give Announcement B during the worship services | Step 3: Play the Lent Event DVD | Step 4: Make educational and worship resources available  |  Use the Lent Event Commissioning Liturgy  | GoFundraise for Lent Event One week until Ash Wednesday... Read More »

On the bus to Lent…

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Not sure what to give up for Lent?  Ten year old Jemima Taylor, from Picton Uniting Church, reflects on older people, the dangers of bus conversations and Lent Event material for kids…   This is the first in a series of blogs from the perspective of different Lent Event Participants.   Last week I was […]  

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Former UCA President Recognised in Indonesia

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Leading theologian and Charles Sturt University academic, Professor James Haire, has recently been honoured in Indonesia in recognition of ‘his long and distinguished service to inter-faith harmony and understanding.’ According to CSU news, ‘Professor Haire was honoured by the naming of the ‘James Haire Research Centre’, which was inaugurated on Thursday 26 January in association... Read More »

The Future of Unity?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Every time I travel to Indonesia I marvel at its diversity. From the vibrant Hindu traditions of Bali where music and dance pay homage to the gods – to the serene countryside of rural Java where Muslim calls to worship draw the faithful to prayer, I am constantly moved and impressed by this magnificent place.   […]  

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How to make a sandwich in 5 steps?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

One of the “fun” things I get to do as a parent of primary schools aged kids is help them with their homework.  Recently we did “Procedures” – you know, a set of steps which, when followed in order, produce the desired outcome. That’s where the sandwich came from; ham and cheese as it happens. […]  

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This is an eye opener

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

When Mary Raco talks about the blind seeing again, you believe her. The setting is unlikely- we’re perched on white leather lounges in a politician’s office two storeys above the humid swell and heady fragrance of Cabramatta’s swarming main street, and someone is nibbling on a lamington.  But when Mary talks about a mother seeing […] The post This is an eye opener appeared first on UnitingWorld... Read More »

This is an eye opener

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

When Mary Raco talks about the blind seeing again, you believe her. The setting is unlikely- we’re perched on white leather lounges in a politician’s office two storeys above the humid swell and heady fragrance of Cabramatta’s swarming main street, and someone is nibbling on a lamington.  But when Mary talks about a mother seeing […]  

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Vanuatu Minister campaigns against Vanuatu joining the WTO

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

A minister from the Presbyerian Church of Vanuatu (a Uniting Church partner church) has been at the forefront of the “Say ‘No” to WTO” campaign which is opposing the Vanuatu Government’s plan to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO).  Pastor Allen Nafuki said he respected Prime Minister’s “mandate” to pass the World Trade Organisation bill, […]  

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Musings live from Tuvalu on salt, puddles and Kingdom

Friday, February 10th, 2012

On Tuesday I landed in Funafuti, Tuvalu. I had hoped to post some short vimeo clips from my this little iphone I possess, to give you a glimpse of what I am seeing, thinking and feeling as I gather material for an appeal for climate change. But the internet speed here is not letting me […] The post Musings live from Tuvalu on salt, puddles and Kingdom appeared first on UnitingWorld Blogs.  

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Musings live from Tuvalu on salt, puddles and Kingdom

Friday, February 10th, 2012

On Tuesday I landed in Funafuti, Tuvalu. I had hoped to post some short vimeo clips from my this little iphone I possess, to give you a glimpse of what I am seeing, thinking and feeling as I gather material for an appeal for climate change. But the internet speed here is not letting me […]  

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February E-news

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

In this issue:   Support in the face of tragedy  |  Everything in Common unwrapped  |  UnitingWorld summer newsletter  |  2012 brings new relationships in China and South Sudan  |  Lent around the corner  |  Challenge yourself in North India  |  Australian volunteer recognised with OAM  |  New volunteer and InSolidarity opportunities for 2012  |  Sounds from PNG Support in the face... Read More »

Sounds from afar

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The following reflection on the Sounds of Rarongo Theological College was written by Nick Toovey, from Beaumaris & Black Rock UCA, VIC. Nick is volunteering at Rarongo Theological College, PNG, where he’ll spend two months teaching and training staff and students. He will focus on study skills and language as well as assisting the Women’s Program with English. Nick is Head of Secondary (years... Read More »

Preparing for Lent Event 2012

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

In this edition:  Step 1. Community Notices | Step 2. During Worship | Step 3. Announcements | Step 4. Promote Resources It’s just two weeks until Lent begins… Lent Event is a movement of people who want to be part of a community of citizens responding to the injustice of world poverty. Lent Event would never have got started if it was not for the work of hundreds of wonderful local Ministers... Read More »

Cyclone approaches Vanuatu

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

PNG’s Post Courier newpaper says a cyclone heading towards Vanuatu may pass close to shore and not hit the country directly. Neville Koop from the Nadraki weather office in Suva told Radio Australia there is uncertainty surrounding the cyclone’s exact path. “It may avoid the islands directly and stay somewhat to the west of the […] The post Cyclone approaches Vanuatu appeared first... Read More »

Cyclone approaches Vanuatu

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

PNG’s Post Courier newpaper says a cyclone heading towards Vanuatu may pass close to shore and not hit the country directly. Neville Koop from the Nadraki weather office in Suva told Radio Australia there is uncertainty surrounding the cyclone’s exact path. “It may avoid the islands directly and stay somewhat to the west of the […]  

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Fiji flood cleanup continues

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The cleanup from the floods in Fiji continues.   Our friend Rev Immanuel Reuben acting Superintendent of the Indian Division of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma wrote to us last Thursday. “Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. the western viti levu is badly damaged with flood waters and slit in many homes of […] The post Fiji flood cleanup continues appeared first on UnitingWorld... Read More »

Fiji flood cleanup continues

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The cleanup from the floods in Fiji continues.   Our friend Rev Immanuel Reuben acting Superintendent of the Indian Division of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma wrote to us last Thursday. “Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. the western viti levu is badly damaged with flood waters and slit in many homes of […]  

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