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As many bushfire emergencies move into the recovery phase, President Dr Deidre Palmer has spoken to National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev Dr Stephen Robinson on the chaplaincy response ahead.
We share their discussion in a special podcast.
Many communities have been heavily impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the aftermath of the flooding which continues throughout the east of Queensland and the NSW far north coast.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Stuart McMillan has asked Church members to lend their support to UCA appeals for communities suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie.
Uniting Disaster Recovery hosted a historic meeting of disaster recovery chaplaincy coordinators from all across the country, with every state and territory represented. This meeting comes at an important time, as the Northern and QLD Synods are involved in establishing integrated, ecumenical, disaster recovery chaplaincy networks.
Coordinating the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network across NSW is no easy feat, from evacuation and recovery centres to ongoing pastoral support.
This week I joined NSW/ACT Synod Moderator Rev. Dr Myung Hwa Park and General Secretary Rev. Dr Andrew Williams in signing a new Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Department of Justice.
I have just completed three days of training in Port Vila, Vanuatu with a group from our partner church, the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV) and the national Anglican, Churches of Christ and Assemblies of God.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be working with UnitingWorld on two important national projects in the Pacific.
Next week I will be meeting with Fijian Heads of Churches and other faith group leaders in the Fijian capital Suva to discuss the idea of forming a national disaster recovery chaplaincy network. Together we will be formalising a proposal to take to a meeting with the Fijian Government and other stakeholders in disaster welfare the following day.
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.
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.