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On 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston hit the islands of Fiji with Category Five winds gusting up to 320km/h.
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Fifty-five people have attended a disaster recovery chaplaincy workshop in the Fijian capital Suva hosted by UnitingWorld and the Assembly’s National Disaster Recovery Officer.
UCA church partners from the Methodist Church in Fiji and ecumenical friends from the Fijian Council of Churches joined the workshop, convened to assist those caring for people who have lost loved ones, homes and whole communities in Cyclone Winston.
National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson is headed to Fiji to assist Uniting Church partners in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston.
I've been on the ground in the South Australia Synod running chaplaincy and team leader training after devastating bushfires in Pinery and Sampson's Flat in November last year.
Wendy Perkins in her disaster recovery role has the responsibility of coordinating the disaster recovery chaplaincy response to relief centres and teaming with other agencies checking in on families in the affected communities.
This time of year we don’t have far to look for extreme weather events or for the impact of disaster on our landscapes and communities.
Since I last wrote we have had devastation from bushfires in the Lorne area of Victoria, flooding in a number of areas including the beleaguered Hunter district, a tornado in the Sydney suburb of Kurnell, and yet more devastating fire in the area and township of Yarloop in Western Australia.
The Uniting Church community in South Australia has banded together to support those experiencing hardship and loss from the bushfires across the Adelaide Hills. With 32 homes destroyed, the physical impact is clear. The emotional hardship is not so visible, and the recovery process for those who have lost their homes will be long and difficult.