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South Sudan tensions endanger Brisbane pastor

Moses Leth’s family and friends eagerly awaiting his return.

Moses Leth, pastor of the Uniting Church’s South Sudanese Nuer Faith Community in Brisbane’s Coopers Plains narrowly escaped death under fire. Ashley Goetze reports. As the world’s newest sovereign state struggles to navigate tensions between the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups, media outlets speculate that South Sudan runs the risk of mirroring nearby republic Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Yet the true ...

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World churches reconnect

Upon returning from the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea, President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Dr Andrew Dutney reflects on the Uniting Church’s relationship with the global church. Church in Australia that went to Busan, in South Korea, to participate in the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC). ...

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Uniting Church Mourns Passing of Mandela

The Uniting Church in Australia mourns the passing of the late Nelson Mandela. The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly President, Rev Dr Andrew Dutney, has expressed his gratitude for Mandela’s extraordinary life of service. “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the great Nelson Mandela this morning. “He was a great and good man who strove for ...

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Empowering Pacific women

UnitingWorld workshop participants, Solomon Islands

This year, UnitingWorld turns its focus towards gender equality and addressing violence against women in the Pacific Island region. Ashley Goetze spoke with Bronwyn Fraser from UnitingWorld. A self-described “link and chain” between the Uniting Church in Australia and Pacific Island church partners, last June UnitingWorld facilitated a workshop in Fiji that involved women representatives from the four Pacific nations of Kiribati, Solomon Islands, ...

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Churches called to act for peace in Syria

Hana, 16, in the Za’atari refugee camp, wearing the uniform supplied to her by Act for Peace’s partner in Jordan, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, visited the Za’atari refugee camp in northern Jordan, supporting Syrian refugees fleeing the crisis. As the conflict worsens, Act for Peace asks for continued support from the Christian community, writes Karen McGrath. Just over a year ago there was only sand, dotted villages and a ...

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A call to prayer for Syria

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed distress at reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria earlier this week. President of the Uniting Church Assembly, Rev Dr Andrew Dutney, has called on the church to join him in praying for those affected by the attacks in Damascus. “We mourn with the families of those who were killed in these deplorable ...

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Government urged to keep its promise to the poor

The Micah Challenge coalition welcomes an unprecedented alliance of local and global voices, who have this week called on the Government to keep its promise to increase aid in the upcoming Federal Budget. Australian business leaders, aid organisations, churches and the Greens party, as well as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have all highlighted the value in ...

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Prayers for the safety of Syrian archbishops

The Uniting Church in Australia has offered prayers for the safety and well-being of two Christian bishops reported kidnapped in Syria earlier this week. The President of the Uniting Church in Australia's national Assembly, Rev Professor Andrew Dutney has condemned the kidnapping in which a deacon was killed, and urged Church members to join in prayer for their safe release. ...

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Welcome to the global village

Advocating for global justice starts with one person, one family and one community, as secondary students discovered at the One World, WonTok Poverty and Development Youth Conference. Dianne Jensen reports. "On no, my crops died!" "We'll have to sell something!" Students gathered around the laptop at the One World, WonTok Poverty and Development Youth Conference had just realised that pests, ...

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Election 2013: Christians mobilise against poverty

As the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, Journey reports on a pre-election campaign by Christians to highlight the issue of Australian development aid. UnitingWorld has joined Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge in a national campaign to mobilise the Australian community in the run up to the federal election on 14 September. The Movement to End ...

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