August, 2014

Part of the fastest growing church on earth? That’s you.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

It may not look like it from your suburban pew on a Sunday, but Christianity is still the largest and fastest growing religion on the planet.   With this growth comes the potential to genuinely bring peace, justice and hope to millions. Christianity is especially dynamic among our close neighbours in Asia and the Pacific.  A […]  

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International relationships and post-colonial perspectives

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

By Rev Dr Ji Zhang, Manager, Church Partnerships, Asia Earlier this month I attended the Postcolonial Conference held at the Centre for Ministry, North Parramatta, NSW. Its theme was Postcolonial Engagement: Politics, Religions, Scriptures. This is an important discussion, and one that is overdue in the public discourse of the UCA. The session began on […]  

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Gordon Uniting Church’s ‘Tap Tax’

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Earlier this year, Geoff Martin of Gordon Uniting Church in Sydney came up with a novel way of raising funds for our Clean Water Appeal – a tap tax. “We wanted to do more than simply donate money,” said Gordon’s Minister Rev Michael Barnes. “A tap tax got our whole congregation working together and we started to get a sense of how water is such a precious commodity.” Over one week... Read More »

Here’s some Good News you’ll want to share

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Every single day, three church communities are re-opened or newly established in China. That’s because anywhere between 23 and 70 million Christians worship in China every Sunday: 400,000 people came to faith in Christ and were baptised last year alone. Thirty-five years ago, Chinese churches stood abandoned and Christians were persecuted for their faith. Today, the work of the China Christian Council... Read More »

Disability Inclusion: A Pilot Program

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

By Tricia Mileham, UnitingWorld Experience Volunteer in West Timor It is estimated that 1 in 7 people around the world are living with a disability, and that 20% of the world’s poorest people have a disability. Microfinance has proven to help people break the poverty cycle, yet only 0.5% of people living with a disability […]  

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Returned Volunteers Lunch at the UnitingWorld office

Monday, August 4th, 2014

The team at UnitingWorld were taken on a journey through time in August when we hosted a Returned Volunteers Lunch. Through the stories of our past and present volunteers we witnessed over nine decades of faithful service and were immersed in some extraordinary moments. From Papua New Guinea in the 1920s (a treacherous journey taking three weeks by boat), through to Fiji in the 60s, Samoa in the... Read More »