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Candles burn for Paris

Three candles resembling the French tricolour

Alan Austin is a Uniting Church member and former Crosslight journalist who lives in Nîmes in the south of France. He shares his reflections on the impact of terror in his adopted homeland. The message was rapidly shared among neighbours in our small village near Nîmes: we will place a candle—une bougie—in our window tonight to show notre solidarité. At ...

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“A lot of love” between Aussie and Kiwi churches

Trans-Tasman church leaders gathering.

Church leaders from across Australia and New Zealand gathered in Brisbane last month. Rohan Salmond reports. The annual trans-Tasman gathering of church leaders took place in Brisbane in April, bringing together the six moderators from Uniting Church synods, the president of the Uniting Church Assembly, the president of the Methodist Church of New Zealand and the moderator of the Presbyterian ...

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Paris meeting to set climate future

a coal fired electric power plant

There is a chance the global community can act for a more secure climate future. Marguerite Marshall explores. This December representatives from almost 200 countries will meet in Paris to try and solve perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced—climate change. According to NASA, 97 per cent of the world’s climate scientists say humans are causing climate change and if ...

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Pope to Abbott: don’t forget the poor

Pope Francis

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Pope Francis has written calling for the G20 leaders’ summit to focus on poor families and inequality as well as economic figures. In his letter dated 6 November, the Pope asked Mr Abbott and his fellow heads of government remember that behind the political and technical discussions of the G20 “many ...

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Hearing voices: Why the G20 matters

Rev Susan Pickering (West End Uniting Church), Lauren Ash (Micah Challenge Brisbane Coordinator), John Beckett (Micah Challenge National Coordinator) and Dave Andrews (Waiters Union) at West End Uniting Church. Photo by Holly Jewell.

The desperate woman who pushed through the crowd to tug at Jesus’ robe took a chance that his minders were too distracted to notice. There are better ways to make your voice heard at the G20, as Dianne Jensen reports. Raising your concerns directly with world leaders such as US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Chinese President ...

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Church questions Cambodia “solution”

Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen has reached a resettlement deal with the Australian government and is addressing the media. Photo by World Economic Forum.

Ahead of Refugee Week, Sue Hutchinson and Rohan Salmond examine the federal government’s pursuit of a regional solution in asylum seeker policy. The federal government renewed its commitment to offshore processing of asylum seekers in the 2014 Budget with the closure of six onshore detention centres. The government is also in talks with Cambodia to resettle an as yet unknown ...

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Churches key to Solomons’ recovery

Flash floods have displaced more than 49 000 people across the Solomon Islands

Church aid workers in the Solomon Islands are struggling to care for tens of thousands of people affected by deadly flooding in early April. Mardi Lumsden reports. Flash floods tore through the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara and the Guadalcanal Province on 4 April after days of torrential rain, strong winds and rough seas, leaving up to 50 000 people homeless and ...

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UnitingWorld supports United Church in Solomons relief effort

Flash floods have displaced more than 49 000 people across the Solomon Islands

Flash flooding has caused enormous damage since torrential rain began in the Solomon Islands on Friday. So far three people have been confirmed dead and more than 49 000 people have been displaced from their homes. UnitingWorld is gathering support for the United Church in the Solomon Islands in their relief efforts. Please donate online or phone 1800 998 122. ...

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Caloundra takes action after Cyclone Ian

Judy and Alan with students of a Free Wesleyan Church School in Tonga.

When Cyclone Ian ripped through the Pacific Island nation of Tonga on 11 January, Caloundra Uniting Church member Judy Morrison’s first thoughts were with her friends on Tongatapu, the southernmost island. Ashley Goetze reports. While the category five storm left no dramatic structural damage on Tongatapu, the north island of Ha’apai, home to the Free Wesleyan Church school and kindergarten, ...

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Churches unite to form brain trust

Vebui Bala with family members (L–R) Paia Ingram, Kinibo Bala and Lilly Manega in front of St Andrew's war memorial hospital.

In an active demonstration of Christ’s love, different parts of the Uniting Church worked together to change the course of one man’s life. Ashley Goetze reports. Last October, a team of specialists from St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane performed a rare life-saving operation on Vebui Bala, a 21-year-old man from a small village in Central Province, Papua New Guinea ...

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