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Christian care providers lodge submissions on welfare reform

Anglicare Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, the Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia

Australia’s major church health and community service providers are today lodging submissions on the Welfare Review Interim Report, and are encouraging the reference panel to keep top-of-mind some key themes and principles when reviewing feedback. National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Lin Hatfield Dodds said it is positive that the McClure Review is looking at the adequacy of welfare payments. “Welfare should give ...

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Uniting Church says “NO” to racial discrimination changes

George Brandis Marcia Langton Tony Jones

The Uniting Church in Australia is one of over 150 leading community organisations from around Australia that yesterday signed an open letter to the Attorney-General George Brandis urging the government not to proceed with proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. The letter says racism is a serious, continuing problem in Australia and remains a major barrier to achieving our vision for ...

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Uniting Church rejects Race Discrimination Act amendments

George Brandis Marcia Langton Tony Jones

The Uniting Church in Australia has submitted comments to the Attorney General’s Department on the Exposure Draft of the proposed legislation to amend the Race Discrimination Act. The Church strongly believes that the proposed Bill should be rejected in its entirety and the submission says the current legislation provides proper protection under law against racial discrimination and the case for ...

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Here’s a fishy scoop

Australia Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Google Images.

The Queensland Government has urged Australians to boycott American company Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for supporting the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) save the reef campaign. In a media statement yesterday, Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the company has damaged the reputation of the reef and jeopardised jobs and tourism dollars. “Another company has signed up to the campaign of ...

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Exploring the male psyche

Man in Depression

Australian men were significantly more likely to have problems with drugs, alcohol and violence. They make up 90 per cent of prison populations and account for almost 80 per cent of suicides. University of NSW Associate Professor Judy Proudfoot said Aussie men are doing it tough. “While we know a lot about what is going wrong, we don’t know much ...

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Five errors to drop from your Easter sermon

Christ Before Pilate

Two US writers over at Christianity Today have identified five errors preachers should drop from their Easter sermons. Authors Andreas Köstenberger, senior research professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary North Carolina and Justin Taylor, senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway suggest if you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, ...

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Grassroots ministry takes shape on the Sunshine Coast

Fresh Expressions is a UK-based movement that encourages new ways of being church.

Phil Smith is a lay pastor in an ecumenical school in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast. With the support of the Caloundra Uniting Church, he is  helping to grow a new faith community called BELLS. We are based on Australia’s Sunshine Coast in a new real estate development where there is no church building. I work half time for the ...

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PNG Council of Churches condemns Asylum Seekers detention

Tents at the Manus Island regional processing facility

Fr.Denny Guka, the president of the PNG Council of Churches has said they cannot be silent on the issue of the Manus Island Detention Centre. “We are a compassionate people motivated by Christian faith, who are deeply concerned about those who need protection and security. But to allow asylum seekers against their will into our country, and imprisoning people who have ...

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Fighting corruption at Brisbane’s G20

Grace is a victim of corruption

Exposed is a global coalition of individuals, organisations and churches committed to shining a light on corrupt practices systems which affect us all, but particularly the poorest, sabotaging essential public service provision. They are asking the leaders of the world’s most powerful economic nations, the G20, to take practical steps that promote greater transparency in the financial affairs of business, ...

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L’Arche’s Eileen Glass on inclusiveness

Eileen Glass, International Vice Leader of L'Arche International.

As part of 50th anniversary celebrations, L’Arche Brisbane hosted a jubilee dinner with guest speaker Eileen Glass—the first Australian International Vice Leader of L’Arche International. Her speech is a fascinating exploration of the challenges and opportunities presented by diversity. The weakest and most frail are not a burden, she says, they enrich our communities. Eileen begins: One of the significant challenges ...

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