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UnitingWorld launches Typhoon Ketsana, Philippines Appeal

On Saturday, 26th September, Typhoon Ketsana brought the equivalent of one month’s rain in just 12 hours, causing the worst flooding in the Philippines in more than 40 years. As details of the immediate and ongoing impact of the flooding emerge from UnitingWorld’s partner, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), the Relief and Development unit of UnitingWorld ...

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Prayers needed after the Samoan Tsunami

The Samoan islands and its nearby Pacific neighbours are currently dealing with the aftermath of a powerful 8.3-magnitude earthquake and consequent tsunami waves which hit the coast of Samoa this morning. Reports of up to 40 people dead have been posted on various news sites. Kathy Pereira, Associate Director (Experience Programs) has been in contact with UnitingWorld volunteers in this ...

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UnitingWorld asks for prayer for the Philippines

With news emerging from the Philippines of hundreds of people dead and many more displaced after severe flooding, Kathy Pereira, Associate Director (Experience Programs) has spoken to Uniting Church volunteer, Elizabeth Mullan. Ms Mullan is based at Smokey Mountain in the Philippines and said she is safe but feeling helpless amidst the chaos. UnitingWorld is in contact with our partner, ...

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Frontier Services welcomes launch of Flying Doctor’s online health project

Frontier Services welcomes the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s (RFDS) launch of its electronic Health for Remote Australia (eHRA) project, providing Electronic Medical Records for RFDS patients around Australia. Committed to caring for people in isolated areas of the country, both organisations share a passion for communication which dates back to founder Rev John Flynn (“Flynn of the Inland”). Flynn who ...

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UnitingWorld responds to Zimbabwe food security crisis

UnitingWorld has this week launched a Food Relief Appeal for the people of rural Zimbabwe, in response to worsening issues of food security. The appeal follows an initial AUD$25 000 commitment from UnitingWorld which saw 835 families in Buhera receive emergency food supplies through UnitingWorld’s partner, the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. UnitingWorld now aims to raise AUD$100 000 through the ...

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The Transit Lounge wins ARPA award

The Transit Lounge has been awarded ‘Best Electronic Publication’ at the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) annual Awards for Excellence. Begun some two and half years ago as a joint venture of the National Assembly and the West Australian Synod, this is the first time the e-zine has won such an award. Judges praised The Transit Lounge as “a high ...

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Polish church leaders praise Putin’s war anniversary message

Warsaw Roman Catholic leaders in Poland have welcomed a "Letter to Poles" from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that was published to coincide with 1 September commemorations of the outbreak of the Second World War. "This is an extremely important step towards overcoming our past and building mutual closeness," said Archbishop Henryk Muszynski, who takes over as Poland’s Roman Catholic ...

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Blake Prize winners announced

The 58th Blake Prize: Exploring the religious and spiritual in art Chair of the Blake Society, Rev Rod Pattenden, today announced the winners for the 58th Blake Prize. The judging panel comprised of artist Del Kathryn Barton, Journalist, Broadcaster and Religious Commentator Stephen Crittenden and Art Critic and Writer Andrew Frost. This year’s Blake Prize and the John Coburn Emerging ...

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Sat Navs tipped to transform home care

Advanced in-car navigation systems could revolutionise the delivery of community care, making it more efficient and improving client care and staff safety. One of Australia’s largest community care providers, Blue Care, is researching the potential of in-car navigation systems and analysing the feasibility of fitting them into the majority of Blue Care community care vehicles. Blue Care Business Improvement Officer ...

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Uniting Church acknowledges integrity of Judaism

The Uniting Church in Australia has adopted a statement affirming that the Christian understanding of Jesus is enhanced through closer dialogue with, and openness to, Judaism. Passed at the 12th Triennial Assembly, the statement names the Uniting Church’s understandings about the Jewish faith and seeks to promote greater understanding between Christians and Jews and a deeper appreciation of our common ...

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