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Newsletter: Abandoned Children

Abandoned Children (New Year 2003/2004)

tells of children fending for themselves in the face of danger and disease not only without adequate material resources but also without the love and emotional support that all human beings need to survive. But as well as of the horrors, articles tell of the work being done: the provision of refuges and day care for children in Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina, Burundi and Rwanda; the work of a church in Estonia to repair the building and use it as a centre for hungry and neglected children; the work of organisations in Scotland and England where even in such wealthy countries run away children and children in care need vital support.

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22 DEC 2003 117 KB

Newsletter: Violence and the Family

Violence and the Family (Michaelmas 2003)

This newsletter follows the regional African consultation held on this theme in Nairobi in 2003. It draws on the issues discussed with great energy and application by the 32 delegates at the conference and sets out their recommendations for action. Perspectives are also included from other parts of the Anglican Communion, showing how violence against women and within the family is endemic across the world and calling on the Church to listen

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12 OCT 2003 125 KB

2003 Pilgrimage to Okinawa, Japan

From June 19-22, the Peace Committee of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai sponsored its fourth annual pilgrimage to Okinawa, approximately 400 miles south of Japan's main islands. The pilgrimages commemorate June 23, 1945, the date ending the deadliest battle in recorded human history.

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25 JUN 2003 30 KB

Newsletter: Children and Work

Children and Work (Trinity 2003)

In 2003, the International Labour Organisation estimated there were 246 million working children aged between 5 and 17. Although some tasks can teach important skills, for millions their work is dangerous and destructive, depriving them of their childhood, if not their life. Articles from India, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, China, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Scotland show the international nature of such exploitation of children and work being done - often linked with churches - to help them.

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16 JUN 2003 69 KB

Newsletter: Food and the Family

Food and the Family (Christmas 2002)

This newsletter is one of startling contrasts. In some Western societies, obesity and ill health are the problems, while in many developing areas of the Anglican Communion the articles highlight malnutrition and starvation. But the picture is not simple and articles from UK tell of anorexia, a form of self starvation and its effect on family members. Other articles look at the effect of globalisation and practical ways forward such as the Fairtrade movement which works to ensure that food producers in the Two Thirds world are adequately paid for their produce.

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15 DEC 2002 69 KB

Newsletter: The Burden of Care

The Burden of Care (Michaelmas 2002)

tells of parents coping with a disabled child, of children coping with disabled siblings and of how many find joy in caring and manage to care for numerous additional family members orphaned through AIDS. In countries such as Papua New Guinea and parts of Africa, the extended family and local community frequently help. But even here, the culture of such support is being weakened and the Church, as an intergenerational community with a mandate to care, needs to encourage the work already being done by organisations such as The Mothers' Union, the Salvation Army and many others, and increase its support for those whose burden is too heavy.

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24 OCT 2002 64 KB

Report to the Anglican Consultative Council 2002

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17 JUN 2002 38 KB

Newsletter: Women and the Family

Women and the Family (Trinity 2002)

Many African mothers are desperate to get funds to help them educate their daughters and enable them to escape the cycle of poverty, early pregnancy, single parenthood and more poverty. Research shows that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy for reducing poverty. Several articles in this newsletter show that women in many parts of the world are now the breadwinner for their families. For some, this can develop their opportunities and this newsletter also celebrates the strength of women, working to bring peace in the Sudan, more social cohesion in S. India, learning new skills in the Lebanon. But the extension of "women's work" can also be an added burden - particularly if there is little partner

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16 JUN 2002 64 KB

Newsletter: Family Breakdown

Family Breakdown (Christmas 2001)

The articles in this newsletter tell of increased marriage and relationship breakdown, more children on the streets, more despair fuelling alcohol and drug abuse. But the picture is not all bleak. A Canadian author points out that a marriage breakdown may, in some cases, represent a new start, free from hidden violence and abuse. Many articles tell of vigorous efforts, from all over the Anglican Communion, to help the casualties of family breakdown, both parents and children and the potential of churches and parishes to provide a supportive "family."

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09 DEC 2001 60 KB

2001 - APJN visit to Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand

The 2001 APJN meeting in Aotearoa/New Zealand was memorable for two reasons: for the depth and seriousness of our agenda and discussions, but also for the atmosphere in which we met. Our brothers and sisters in Aotearoa/New Zealand have the great gift of an indigenous people, the Maoris, whose unique culture and spirituality have contributed enormously to the life of the church in the Province.

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30 NOV 2001 930 KB