Peace Matters

Women at the heart of peace

June 21st, 2012

Imagine two sisters. In the midst of conflict one takes up arms while the other seeks relationship with women from the other side, quietly sowing the seeds of peace. UnitingWorld’s Peacebuilding Programs Coordinator Peter Keegan shares their story with us here. I wonder what comes to mind when you think of women in conflict? Often […]

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Peace in Ambon – Peace in Dandenong

December 12th, 2011

Is Peace really possible?  In the season of goodwill, Victoria’s Reverend Apwee Ting (below, left) talks to Cath Taylor about his time in Ambon, meeting survivors of some of the world’s most shocking violence between Muslim’s and Christians, and wonders what it means to bring conflict resolution back to Australia where stereotypes about Muslim people […]

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Lessons in Conflict from the Christmas table to the local Church to Mindanao

December 9th, 2011

Conflict.  Expecting some at Christmas, perhaps?  No one likes it, and very few of us know how to deal with it.  Whether it’s in the home or the church, most of us accept that conflict is to some degree inevitable, but we still strive for a way to reduce its impact… Charissa Suli (pictured), as […]

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Kidnappings, Courage, and Peacebuilders in Western Mindanao

December 7th, 2011

If you’ve been watching the news or reading the papers over the last couple of days, you’ve probably heard about the Australian man who was kidnapped in Western Mindanao in the Philippines.  Warren Rodwell (left), 53, of Sydney lived  in the seaside town of Ipil in Western Mindanao until he was taken by seven armed […]

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The Long Journey of Peace in Ambon

October 20th, 2011

Today I received a text message from the Young Ambassadors for Peace team in Ambon, Indonesia to say that there had been another riot in Ambon City in the early hours of the morning that had seen people injured and property destroyed. It’s a tragic irony that this message comes just days after someone questioned […]

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Provocateurs of Peace

October 14th, 2011

One of the hot topics in international development and peacebuilding at the moment is the role of technology in promoting both positive and negative change in communities. In light of the recent resurgence of violence in Ambon in Indonesia, a number of Australian media outlets and international affairs blogs have written articles exploring the contribution […]

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Mabuhay! Filipino for welcome and a lot more…

September 28th, 2011

Mabuhay! For any of you who have travelled in the Philippines, this common greeting will probably be familiar. The dictionary translates it as ‘welcome’ but like so many words, the formal definition fails to do justice to the energy and spirit behind the word. Much more than a formal welcome, mabuhay conveys the wish that […]

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Great food, growing peace & good development

September 26th, 2011

A guest blog from Hannah Ireland, who recently visited Mindanao as part of a Young Ambassadors for Peace workshop. Almost six weeks ago my first niece was born.  One day old when I first went to visit her in hospital, she was very small, and extremely cute. I remember thinking, that evening, about the life […]

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An experience of landlessness and working for Peace in Mindanao

June 1st, 2011

The 1997 film, ‘The Castle’ is centred around the Kerrigan family, who have been living in their airport adjacent home for many years. The airport authority wants the Kerrigan’s to move so that they can extend the airport. But husband and father Darryl Kerrigan, played by Michael Caton, does not want to leave and commits […]

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Watching the Sacred – 5 days at a YAP Workshop

May 24th, 2011

Australia is a nation of watchers. We love watching major events from the football to the cricket to the theatre. Some events take on a life of their own such that in the case of the Boxing Day Test Match at the MCG it is as if we are on sacred ground. The last four […]

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these blogs are those of their authors and do not necessarily represent the views of UnitingWorld or the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia