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Theology of gender equality builds momentum in the Pacific

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

19 October 2017 Church leaders from across the Pacific are meeting in Fiji this week for a 5-day workshop on the theology of gender equality and its role in ending violence against women. The intensive training joins together leaders of women’s fellowship groups and ministers of churches in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu to grapple with Biblical representations... Read More »

Food reaches vulnerable in South Sudan

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

21 Sept 2017 If you contributed to our appeal to help stop hunger in South Sudan, thank you so much!  Your support has meant our partners PRDA have been able to get food and emergency supplies to more than 7,000 extremely vulnerable people in four areas identified as in urgent need (Padeah, Jiech, Pieri and Ulang). Most of their focus has been on buying, transporting and distributing basic food... Read More »

Methodist Church in Fiji sails for climate solutions

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

11 September, 2017 The President of the Methodist Church in Fiji (MCIF) is to join the crew of Fiji’s iconic traditional sailing canoe the ‘Uto Ni Yalo’ this week, as it sails to Matuku in the Lau group of islands.  Rev. Dr Tevita Nawadra Bainivanua will join the Uto ni Yalo in Moala and participate in activities on the island that focuses on building community resilience to climate... Read More »

Pacific churches call for climate action at COP23

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) has called for the urgent implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and for leaders to hear the voices of Pacific Islanders – the most vulnerable people to the impacts of climate change. The PCC made its statement during a meeting of church leaders in Auckland, New Zealand this week. The meeting comes as Fiji prepares to chair the 23rd Conference... Read More »

UnitingWorld welcomes new National Director

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly Standing Committee has approved the appointment of Dr Sureka Goringe as the National Director of UnitingWorld. Dr Goringe is currently UnitingWorld’s Associate Director of International Programs for the Pacific region and a previous Chairperson of UnitingWorld’s Relief and Development National Committee. The General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Australia... Read More »

Editorial: Where is God in the chaos?

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

“God is good in the midst of the darkness; God is good in the midst of evil. God is in the midst, no matter what is happening in the world. And he loves you, and he’s here for you.” It’s not a bad quote – a rallying call to bring comfort to thousands of young people mourning the loss of family and friends after terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. Many will be surprised,... Read More »

Church Agencies Step Up on Humanitarian Response

Friday, June 16th, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE: June 16, 2017 The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has announced a consortium of eight church agencies, as one of the successful agencies that tendered for the Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP). The “Church Agencies Network Disaster Operation” (CAN DO) consortium comprises of Caritas Australia (consortium leader), Act for Peace, the Adventist... Read More »

‘Montevideo Maru’ book sale to support UnitingWorld

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Australia’s worst maritime disaster, the sale of Margaret Reeson’s books will support UnitingWorld’s work in the Pacific. Montevideo Maru memorial at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra On 1 July 1942, the Japanese ship Montevideo Maru was sunk by an Allied submarine off the coast of off the coast of Luzon, Philippines. It was later revealed that... Read More »

Pacific women lead the way on gender equality in development

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Media Release 5 May 2017 UnitingWorld will facilitate it’s fourth Annual Regional Workshop for Women’s Fellowships to be held in Nadi, Fiji from 22 – 26 May, 2017. This year the workshop will focus on gender equality, church transformation, partnership and projects. The workshop will continue to build on the shared learning and experiences of participating organisations from across the Pacific,... Read More »

A Prayer for the Coptic Church in Egypt

Monday, April 10th, 2017

At least 44 people were killed and more than 100 wounded after suicide bombers targeted two Coptic churches in northern Egypt during Palm Sunday celebrations. The first blast was inside St George Coptic church in the Nile Delta town of Tanta, north of Cairo, killing 27 people and injuring 78. A second bomb was detonated in front of St Mark´s church in Alexandria on the country’s north coast... Read More »

Evangelical Church in Lebanon celebrates second woman ordained

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Middle East Desk, Sydney Office 7 April 2017 The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon is celebrating the the second female minister to be ordained in the Evangelical Church in Lebanon. Preacher Najla Kassab was ordained on 24 March, 2017 at a ceremony held at the Presbyterian Evangelical Church in Rabieh, Beirut. Dr George Sabra, President of the Near East School of Theology (NEST), gave... Read More »

We’re crowdfunding to get Syrian kids back into classrooms

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

One in every five people currently in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee. Yes, you read that right. Lebanon hosts the largest percentage of refugees in the world given its population, with over one million Syrian refugees registered in a country with just 4.5 million citizens. All these people living in an area less than a quarter of the size of Tasmania. Over half of the refugees are children, and 48% of... Read More »

South Sudan’s peacemakers ask for prayer

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Leaders from our church partner in South Sudan have asked for prayer as they host training and discussions for peacebuilding in neighbouring Sudan. Leadership and Peace Training in South Sudan, 2016 Since the civil war broke out in 2013, tens of thousands of South Sudanese have fled into Sudan to escape the fighting. Many now live in refugee camps in Khartoum, and South Sudanese Christians worship... Read More »

Korean churches to Trump: We want peace

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

16 March, 2016 The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) has released a statement urging President Trump to de-escalate the growing tensions between the United States and North Korea. Tensions have risen due to the deployment of a US-supplied anti-missile defense system ‘THAAD’ (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in South Korea. In response, North Korea has announced they’re preparing... Read More »

Evangelical Church in Lebanon celebrates first ordained women pastors

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Middle East Desk, Sydney Office March 2017 The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon has announced the ordination of the first two women as ministers in the Evangelical Church in Lebanon. As the Evangelical Church celebrates the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation this year, Rev. Joseph Kassab, General Secretary of the Synod, has announced that two women Preachers in the church will be... Read More »

UnitingWorld hosts disaster risk reduction workshops in Suva

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

21 Feb, 2017 “What do you have left when all you can see and touch is lost?” That was the starting point for deep discussions on disaster response at workshops hosted by UnitingWorld at the Pacific Theological College in the Fijian capital Suva from 15-17 February 2017. Over the course of three days UnitingWorld’s Regional Coordinator of Pacific Programs Rev. Dr Cliff Bird, Associate Director... Read More »

#StrongerThanWinston: Fiji six months on

Friday, August 26th, 2016

26 August, 2016 Fiji’s recovery from Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston is a great story of what partnerships can achieve:  partnerships between government, local church and people from all over the world, including Australian Uniting Church members who provided over $500,000 toward recovery efforts.  Six months on, we look back. When Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji on 20 February, 2016... Read More »

100 Prayers for Healing, Reconciliation and Peaceful Reunification of Korea

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

16 August, 2016 The Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) has published 100 Prayer Topics on Healing, Reconciliation, and Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Nation and invited partner churches to pray with them as they work for peace and unity. Prayers for peace and reunification written on ribbons and tied together on the border of North and South Korea The publication coincides with the 71st anniversary... Read More »

In Zimbabwe, churches implore: “be responsive to the cries of our people” – WCC

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

21 July 2016 The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) and UnitingWorld are concerned about the deteriorating political situation in Zimbabwe, as expressed in a joint statement from church leaders to the World Council of Churches (WCC). UCA President Stuart McMillan has called on the members of the UCA to pray for Zimbabwe and the work of the Church there. “We cannot ignore the plight of the people... Read More »

Will the ceasefire hold in South Sudan?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

18 July, 2016 The recent violence in South Sudan that resulted in the deaths of over 300 people has thankfully deescalated over the past week. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and first Vice-President Riek Machar have ordered a ceasefire, and we are praying that it will hold long enough for government agencies to restore stability and humanitarian agencies to respond to the crisis. The Presbyterian... Read More »

Papua New Guinea famine: Food reaches remote communities

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

12 June, 2016 In response to the famine emergency caused by El Nino-driven drought in Papua New Guinea, UnitingWorld and its partner the United Church in PNG (UCPNG) have been distributing food and providing vital leadership to ensure relief operations reach the worst affected areas. Collaborating with the World Food Program (WFP) and Church Partnership Program (CPP) agencies, UnitingWorld and UCPNG... Read More »

Violent clashes in South Sudan raise fears of civil war

Monday, July 11th, 2016

11 July, 2016 More than 300 people are reported to have been killed in South Sudan since heavy fighting broke out between political factions late last last month. Intensifying gun battles between government and opposition forces in the capital Juba and in the north-west town of Wau have resulted in dozens of civilian casualties, and thousands have been displaced from their homes. Leaders of the Presbyterian... Read More »

China flood disaster: a call for prayer as millions impacted

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

July 6, 2016 Heavy rain around China’s Yangtze river basin has left 128 people dead and scores missing, Chinese media says, with more damage feared from a typhoon expected to land this week. Our partner church, the China Christian Council (CCC) has today requested prayers during this disaster. In response, Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) President Stuart McMillan has written a pastoral letter... Read More »

World Council of Churches declares solidarity with Tanah Papua (West Papua)

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

28 June 2016 Amid reports of a deteriorating human rights situation in West Papua, a minute of support for Papuans was issued on 28 June during the closing day to a meeting in Trondheim, Norway, of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The WCC has followed the situation since before the 1969 incorporation of West Papua into Indonesia. During peaceful protests of government... Read More »

A call to pray for our brothers and sisters in West Papua

Monday, June 27th, 2016

27 June 2016 The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has called the people of the Uniting Church to pray for our Papuan brothers and sisters in Christ as the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua (Gereja Kristen Injili Di Tanah Papua ‘GKI-TP’) lead their people through troubled times. “We ask for congregations across Australia to hold our partners in prayer... Read More »

Federal Election Prayer and Worship Gatherings

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Micah Australia is hosting a series of vigils across Australia in the month of June to pray for justice for our global community, guidance for Australia’s contribution to a world free from poverty, and to call for our nation to be a good neighbour in the community of nations. For more info on where to find a vigil near you – or how to host one, visit http://www.micahaustralia.org/vigils UnitingWorld... Read More »

Pray for PNG

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

UnitingWorld is praying for Papua New Guinea and our thoughts are with our partners as student demonstrations and unrest continues today in Port Moresby and in other parts of the country. People have been showing their support online using the hashtag #PrayForPNG Yesterday police opened fire on students from the University of PNG as they attempted to march to the national parliament to present the... Read More »

MEDIA RELEASE: A Biblical take on Human Rights – Bridging the Gap for Gender Equality in the Pacific

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

A forum to open the way for secular and faith-based agencies and Churches to work collaboratively toward gender equality and the reduction of violence against women in the Pacific is being hosted by UnitingWorld in Suva from 12 to 13 May. The “Bridging the Gap Forum” is part of UnitingWorld’s Pacific-wide Partnering Women for Change Program, co-funded by the Australian government through the... Read More »

A Three-Way Partnership for Education in Papua

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Over the past two years, UnitingWorld has worked with our partner churches, Indonesia Christian Church (GKI) and Evangelical Church in the Land of Papua (GKI-TP) to form a three-way partnership. The partnership is designed to improve the quality of Christian education in two provinces of Papua and West Papua. The Indonesian government has introduced a regulation that requires all teachers to have a... Read More »

September E- News

Friday, September 4th, 2015

God in Not A Secret to Be Kept: Equipping Christian Leaders All across the globe, the Christian Church is alive and well. Yet for many of our church partners, and for the thousands in their communities who long to grow with the message of Christ, there’s often a critical lack of trained leaders able to teach and guide what could be a tremendous movement for change. Families in remote Himalayan villages... Read More »

September E-news

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

In this issue: “They did not see me as a disabled person” | Australian and Chinese churches connect | AusAID to be absorbed into Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Your gifts are building a place of safety | Fight Unfair Fashion | Looking for some great Spring reading?  “They did not see me as a disabled person” Mr Matto is an energetic man in his mid-fifties from the Indonesian... Read More »

The Election is just around the corner: August E-news

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

In this issue: THE ELECTION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER| LOOKING BEYOND TEA IN DARJEELING | ONE DAY IN TONGA | HOST AN EVERYTHING IN COMMON GIFT STALL | THEY RAN FOR A CAUSE THE ELECTION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER The Federal Election is just over a week away and there are some hot issues being debated along the campaign trail. But the important question of Australia’s generosity to our overseas... Read More »

Join the movement: July E-news

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In this issue: We couldn’t have done it without you | Your chance to stand against child trafficking | Run the City2Surf | Partnership:  it’s about relationship, not just resources | Congratulations to the Minister for International Development | Winter Good Reads We couldn’t have done it without you A big thanks to every one of you for helping us raise over $340,000 in our Do More Together... Read More »

June e-news

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

In this issue: Changing lives through education in India | Volunteer in Focus – Experiencing life and faith in the Solomon Islands | Join us to hear more about overseas volunteering | A different side to Bali | #Firstworldproblems Changing lives through education – a new future for India’s children Shona Thangavel is a young Indian woman passionate about education. In a recent blog... Read More »

A unique gift for Mother’s Day, volunteer placements and speaking up to end poverty: your April e-news

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In this issue: A gift of motherhood | Travels in China| We need you! UnitingWorld Experience Volunteers | In an election year: speak up to end poverty | City2Surf:  walk, jog or run to alleviate poverty | Thank you for Lent Event! | Our April reading list A gift of motherhood Wondering what to get your mum this Mother’s Day? What could be better than the gift of motherhood… for a woman in... Read More »

A unique gift for Mother's Day, volunteer placements and speaking up to end poverty: your April e-news

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In this issue: A gift of motherhood | Travels in China| We need you! UnitingWorld Experience Volunteers | In an election year: speak up to end poverty | City2Surf:  walk, jog or run to alleviate poverty | Thank you for Lent Event! | Our April reading list A gift of motherhood Wondering what to get your mum this Mother’s Day? What could be better than the gift of motherhood… for a woman in... Read More »

Making voices heard in Australia and overseas this Easter: your March e-news

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

In this issue:  Transforming lives through leadership | Uniting Church students engage with poverty and development | Easter upon us | Advocacy news: join us in the Movement to End Poverty | Blogs, Interviews and other great reads Transforming lives through leadership During 2013 UnitingWorld, in partnership with Pacific Churches, is focussing on empowering women to overcome issues of gender imbalance,... Read More »

Interview with Reverend Eseta Meneilly

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Reverend Eseta Meneilly gives us her uncompromising views on the future of Pacific Women’s leadership within church and society… Hi Eseta thanks for talking with us; what do you believe are some of the challenges facing new female ministers and trainee ministers in the Pacific? The primary challenge is that of culture. Women in most parts of the Pacific have a place in society that is accepted,... Read More »

Lent underway and chickens for Easter… Your February Enews

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

In this issue:  Lent Event underway at Star Street Uniting Church | Joy Balazo recognised by Methodist World Council Peace Award | Uniting Church school partners in the Pacific | Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Star Street Uniting Church walks the Purple Path for Lent At Star Street Uniting in Perth on Sunday members of the congregation walked a “Purple Path” to celebrate the... Read More »

October E-news

Friday, October 12th, 2012

In this issue:  Experiencing India | Politicians put poverty first; UN says hunger target within reach | A life-saving opportunity | Bali church partners remember | West Timor- volunteers serving with love | Everything In Common- Get in your canoe this year Experiencing India “Simply amazing! Life changing!! One of the best experiences of my life.” When Hugo Joubert from The Gap Uniting... Read More »