Queensland Synod News

Uniting Church stands out on human rights

The Uniting Church in Australia is the only church formally supporting a Human Rights Act in Australia. The Uniting Church Assembly’s submission to the National Human Rights Consultation, according to UnitingJustice Australia National Director, Rev Elenie Poulos, reflects the Church’s commitment to social justice and the achievement of human dignity for all. “The Uniting Church believes that every person is ...

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Q150 – Blue Care awarded state’s highest honour

Blue Care was today the only institution to be named a 2009 Queensland Great and Q150 Queensland icon for its significant role in the history and development of Australia’s Smart State. The not-for-profit organisation joined five Queenslanders on the list of Queensland Greats as part of the 2009 Queensland Week celebrations, June 6-13, 2009. It is one of only four ...

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Blue Care reduces, recycles and rethinks for the environment

In celebration of World Environment Day on June 5, Blue Care launched its own Sustainability Principals, guiding how the organisation will operate to protect the environment and remain viable now and into the future. Blue Care Director of Mission Colleen Geyer said the principles, Responsibility, Integration, Innovation and Collaboration, together with Blue Care’s organisational values, called on staff to act wisely ...

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Hong Kong cardinal urges Beijing to reassess 1989 crackdown

Hong Kong (ENI) Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun has urged China to change its stance on the crackdown 20 years ago against peaceful protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. "I hope they really consider seriously the possibility of a reassessment of the verdict," the RTHK radio station reported the recently retired Roman Catholic bishop of Hong Kong as saying in ...

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Methodists still banned

Radio Fiji has reported that Commodore Bainimarama has again re-affirmed Government’s earlier decision not to give permit to the Methodist Church for the annual Methodist Church of Fiji conference. Bainimarama says his one hour meeting with Methodist executives this morning did not produce any positive results and that his earlier decision will not be altered. “The decision is that we’ve ...

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Uniting Church supports Fiji Methodists

The Uniting Church in Australia has today expressed grave concern for its partner church, the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. Uniting Church President, Rev Gregor Henderson, said he is distressed that the Fijian military and police have been intimidating Methodist Church ministers, and have announced the government will prohibit the church from holding its Annual Conference in August. “The ...

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Obama skipping Kenya due to poor governance, say religious leaders

Nairobi, 29 May (ENI) –Some Kenyan Christian and Muslim leaders say that U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to avoid his father’s home country during his debut visit to Africa as a statement against poor governance in Kenya. Other Kenyans have simply expressed regret that their country is not on Obama’s itinerary. "People are angrier with the government than about ...

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Shared launch upholds partnership

On 29 April Trinity Theological College and St Paul’s Theological College co-hosted a joint book launch to celebrate the publication of David Rankin’s Athenagoras: Philosopher and Theologian (Ashgate) and Orm Rush’s The Eyes of Faith: The Sense of the Faithful and the Church’s Reception of Revelation (Catholic University of America Press). Dr Rankin is Principal of the Uniting Church’s Trinity ...

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Rebecca St James grants Sarah her wish

In amongst the bands, speakers and rain at Easterfest this year, a very special event was taking place. A 13-year-old Sydney girl by the name of Sarah Martin, who has Spinal Bifida and came out of major surgery just last year, had a wish granted by the Starlight Foundation. This wish was to meet one of the headline artists at ...

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‘Can Do’ Campbell’s morning prayers answered

BRISBANE LORD Mayor Campbell Newman commended the church for its role in assisting his council to create an inclusive and harmonious environment in the city last month during his annual prayer breakfast at City Hall. The breakfast was packed with representatives from churches and Christian ministries and organisations. “The churches particularly are the social glue holding our city together,” Councillor ...

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