Last Sunday afternoon I attended the Canberra launch of UnitingWorld’s Everything in Common Catalogue for 2018 along with a few others from Kippax and people from other congregations around Canberra.
Although I have been aware of UnitingWorld and Everything in Common I did not realize how unique they are in the overseas aid space. While Oxfam, Tear and others do good work, what UnitingWorld does is work in the background to support local partner organizations in the countries they work in – it’s partnership rather than simply charity.
UnitingWorld’s approach is:
We translate rigorous sustainable community development principles through the lens of our Christian faith.
We work with and through churches, but our programs include all people regardless of their faith, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or gender. We seek out the marginalized and the vulnerable. We listen to the voices of the poorest.
We believe that local communities are best placed to identify the solutions to their own problems. Our partners are the local church, helping communities unlock their God-given potential to set themselves free from poverty and injustice.
Our partners know the culture and the context. So often, they can see simple, inexpensive solutions. We contribute our capacity as an accredited development agency to help fulfill their vision.
As we walk with our partners on this transformational journey, we help to build leadership and organizational capacity.
In the process, we ourselves are changed by the rich wisdom of our partners, their courageous actions and their tenacious faith. We offer this gift back into the life the Uniting Church.
If you like the sound of this, can I encourage you to consider giving gifts this year from the Everything in Common Gift Catalogue? You can find the 2018 Catalogue at https://everythingincommon.com.au/collections/all-products
Karyl Davison Minister, Kippax Uniting Church