All Things Pacific

Between Two Warring Tribes in Papua New Guinea

November 17th, 2016

The Highlands region of Papua New Guinea is known for tribal wars and this one has been deadly. After eighteen months of conflict between two tribes of a few hundred people, there are eight dead; seven on one side and one on the other. Key infrastructure has been levelled. The aid post, school, property and […]

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Tears Speak Louder Than Words

March 21st, 2016

I was in West Papua recently on my first field trip with UnitingWorld, where I had the unique opportunity to meet with our partner, the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua and visit their P3W project (short for Pusat Pembinaan dan Pengembangan Wanita). P3W is the Training and Development Centre for Women in […]

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West Papuan students join the Uniting Church

March 7th, 2016

A group of West Papuan students have formally joined the Uniting Church as they become members-in-association. They come from various parts of Papua and West Papua provinces in Indonesia, and currently attend St John’s College in Darwin. The congregation at Philadelphia Indonesian Uniting Church in Karama welcomed the students as a part of their growing […]

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February 29th, 2016

As followers of Jesus, we’re called to stand alongside those who are working for justice around the world and particularly to help give a voice to those who struggle to be heard.  We’re the modern day prophets:  defending those who are weak, speaking the truth to those who are powerful.  It’s not an easy job. […]

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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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