March, 2012

With love to the world…

Friday, March 30th, 2012

My dearest friends, Can’t begin to tell you how chuffed I am that you’re getting yourselves all geared up to celebrate Earth Hour in my honour again tomorrow.  Most people love the lights and the fireworks- me, I’m just happy when it all goes dark. What a beautiful thing- hundreds of millions of you squatting around […] The post With love to the world… appeared first on UnitingWorld... Read More »

With love to the world…

Friday, March 30th, 2012

My dearest friends, Can’t begin to tell you how chuffed I am that you’re getting yourselves all geared up to celebrate Earth Hour in my honour again tomorrow.  Most people love the lights and the fireworks- me, I’m just happy when it all goes dark. What a beautiful thing- hundreds of millions of you squatting around […]  

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Less food for thought

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Gavin White is sleeping out on his front porch.  It’s not a marital dispute, it’s Lent.  And this year, Gav has given up his bed, his warm shower and all but $2 a day to live on for meals. “It’s a bit of an attempt to put myself in the place of someone who is […] The post Less food for thought appeared first on UnitingWorld Blogs.  

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Less food for thought

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Gavin White is sleeping out on his front porch.  It’s not a marital dispute, it’s Lent.  And this year, Gav has given up his bed, his warm shower and all but $2 a day to live on for meals. “It’s a bit of an attempt to put myself in the place of someone who is […]  

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Tenderness and compassion at Easter

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Easter provokes many significant things for me and my sensibilities were profoundly stirred last week when I visited St Peters’ Basilica in Rome. Here I encountered Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Pieta. Mary, the mother of Jesus, embraces her tortured son just before his burial. The Pieta (literally meaning “pity”) is carved from marble by a youthful Michelangelo in... Read More »

Asking the Big Questions

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

On World Water Day, Cath Taylor takes us out under the endless blue sky to be with the people who are asking the Big Questions of God. It’s World Water Day and in honour of the event, I’m thinking of having a cold shower.  A really short one. Or maybe, as my ten year old […]  

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Climb Every Mountain

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

It’s part way through Lent, and Andrew Copland, Youth Pastor at Athelstone Uniting Church, is somewhere on the side of a mountain, feeling contemplative.  It’s part of his Lenten Journey, and he shares it with us here. I’ve often wondered why Jesus liked to climb mountains so much. Time and time again as we read […]  

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Of ‘Orphaned’ dogs and children….

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Be part of the Village in support of orphaned and vulnerable children. In a recent article in the SMH author Dan Nancarrow identified the difficulty of gaining rental accommodation while owning a pet, an experience I am currently living. You see, after months of trying to gain rental accommodation closer to the city where I […]  

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Building capacity, securing hope

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The Director of Matthew Rusike Children’s Home (MRCH) in Harare, Mr Astonishment Mapurisa, shares with us how building the capacity of people to respond to poverty is changing their community. The livelihoods project run by MRCH in Epworth represent a major ideological shift in the way we care for those in need in our society. […]  

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From Tonga to South Sudan: March E-News

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

  In this issue: It Takes a Village to see change in Zimbabwe  |  Partnership in the new nation of South Sudan  |  A good news story on Education in Tonga  |  Change your world – Spotlight on Volunteering  |  Go InSolidarity   It Takes a Village to see change in Zimbabwe It’s difficult to imagine a country where 1 million children are orphans. That’s the reality in Zimbabwe,... Read More »

Empowering rural women, supporting communities – IWD 2012

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Today, on International Women’s Day, women and men will  gather around the world to celebrate the many achievements that women have made in political, social and economic life and the advancements in gender equality, peace and development. Today, we remember the women around the world who still face severe disadvantage, who have never had an […]  

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Remove those blinkers on Indonesia!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

“Surely Australia is right to put all its focus on a booming China rather than divert time and energy to this dark, delinquent corner of South-east Asia?” writes Peter Hartcher, International Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald, on Tuesday March 6th 2012. And who is this “dark, delinquent corner” that Hartcher, tongue-in-cheek, refers to?  Its Indonesia! Sadly, Australian... Read More »

Thinking models of development in South Sudan

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Last week I posted a blog from the road in Sudan reflecting on the importance of the idea of development for all. While I was in South Sudan I had the opportunity to discuss the changing face of development in Africa with those ‘on the ground.’ In this blog I would like to address a […]  

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World Day of Prayer

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

  The first Friday of March is an important day. Led by women around the world, Christians from many traditions are called to join together and to observe a common day of prayer each year. Today, Friday March 2nd,  millions of people around the world will gather for a service of prayer. Each year has a theme […]  

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