All Things Pacific

Partnering Women for Change breaks further ground

August 7th, 2015

We are delighted to a announce that Project Officer, Kerren Vali based in our Pacific office in Suva will be presenting her paper at the ‘International Women Leading Education Across The Continents’ biennial conference held in at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand in three weeks’ time. The key focus of Kerren’s paper [...]

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Lip Balm for Vanuatu – an Innovative Relief Response

April 15th, 2015

Yep, you read it right. In response to the recent devastation wreaked by Cyclone Pam, one forward-thinking group – Proserpine Whitsunday Uniting Church in Qld – have found the ultimate solution. You guessed it: Lip Balm. Ok, so for the uninitiated out there (mostly the blokes), lip balm is like a lipstick but not really. [...]

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The Chicken, the bike and Climate Change – a Tuvaluan Story.

April 2nd, 2015

I begin by asking the age old question – “Why did the chicken cross the road?” And to that, I sadly must say I have no answer. But let’s take a minute and reflect on that chicken. I am in Tuvalu and so is the chicken. The chicken lives here but my UnitingWorld colleague and [...]

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After Cyclone Pam – now what?

April 1st, 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH UNITINGWORLD’S REVEREND SEFOROSA CARROLL Right now, there’s another Super Cyclone howling toward tiny islands in the Pacific and the Philippines – Maysak.  It’s the third this March – unseasonably late – and as a Category 5, projected to be the biggest in the Pacific since 2002.  In its path are tiny communities [...]

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Where is God in the flood? Q and A with Reverend Maleta Tenten, Kiribati

March 24th, 2015

The day I speak to Reverend Maleta, rain is drumming on the tin roof of her office and the tiny island of Kiribati has been cut in half by king tides.  Emergency radio announcements have warned people to stay at home – flooding has made it too dangerous to travel.  Neither of us know it [...]

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Mission comes home

February 5th, 2015

UnitingWorld’s Manager for Church Partnerships in the Pacific Rev Seforosa Carroll reflects on the changing nature of cross cultural ministry in Australia. 2015 marks 30 years of the UCA’s declaration in 1985 of being a multicultural church. It is an opportunity to celebrate and affirm our diversity in all its forms; and as well to [...]

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Breaking the cycle of violence against women: still a long road to travel…

November 28th, 2014

By Rev Sef Carroll UnitingWorld’s Rev Seforosa Carroll was recently asked to speak at a Violence Against Women Dialogue in Fiji. Here, she reflects on the experience.   The theme for the Pacific women’s leadership dialogue in Nadi, Fiji on Tuesday November 25th 2014 was aptly titled – Violence against women is everyone’s business. It’s [...]

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Of Rights and Relationships: Listening to the Wisdom of Women and the Winds of Change

March 7th, 2014

March 8 is International Women’s Day. In this blog UnitingWorld’s Bronwyn Fraser shares encouraging stories from the Pacific, where partnering with churches and Women’s Fellowship networks is opening doors to address gender inequality and empower women and girls. Recently I came back from a whirlwind visit to Vanuatu. It felt a little like a trip [...]

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Pray for Tuvalu

November 20th, 2013

When considering the impact of Climate Change on the Pacific nation of Tuvalu the Uniting Church in Australia’s 10th Assembly 2003 resolved “to express our solidarity with the Christian Church of Tuvalu in this predicament and to call on our people to remember the people and church of Tuvalu in their prayers.” Our partner church [...]

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It is about moral justice – Kiribati President Tong

November 20th, 2013

Jill Finnane Eco-Justice Program Coordinator from the Edmond Rice Centre in Sydney recently met with Kiribati President Tong.  She shared these words from him about his own political experience and responding to the Australian Government’s recent statements on climate change. “Australia seems to be reversing  the trend that other countries are following.  Politics doesn’t always [...]

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