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Anglican Communion could rupture over gay clergy, says Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has warned in a television interview that the worldwide Anglican Communion may "rupture" over the issue of homosexuality. Anglicans have been riven with division since the election in 2003 of V. Gene Robinson, who lives openly in a same-sex relationship, as a bishop in the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church, and the introduction by a ...

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Malawi Muslim cleric denounces call to kill

Sheikh Dinala Chabulika, head of Malawi’s Islamic Information Bureau, has condemned a Pakistani cleric for announcing a US$1 million bounty for anyone who kills the cartoonist who drew the original caricature of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked global Muslim anger. "Nobody should kill or shed blood in the name of Allah," warned the Malawi cleric in an interview with Malawi’s ...

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Indigenous voices speak to the churches

Indigenous people from around the globe have had a special place the church for much of its life but, all too often, place has been destructive of their physical, spiritual and cultural heritage as the first nations of the colonized world. Seen as objects of mission rather than people of the living God, these first nations are now represented in ...

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NCYC issues a Call to Leadership

"To lead is to undertake a journey,"says The Hon. Justice (John) McKechnie, chairperson of the National Christian Youth Convention management team for 2007. Mr McKechnie’s vision for NCYC 2007 is to lead delegates on a journey of transformation. "The noun ‘leadership’ has no content unless the destination is known," he said. "For NCYC 2007, the destination is to transform delegates ...

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US methods in Guantanamo likened to Idi Amin’s by Anglican cleric

Britain’s second ranking Anglican cleric, John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has compared detention methods used by the United States at Guantanamo to those used by deceased Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, and he says they are a blight on the conscience of America. "In Uganda President Amin did something similar: he did not imprison suspects because he knew that in ...

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Sharing faith on the road

Redcliffe UC minister Rev Peter Armstrong has been talking a lot lately about church being outside a building. One of the Redcliffe congregation who has been taking God outside the churchyard is Geoff Maskelyne, who recently conducted a service for the Ulysses Motorcycle Club Memorial Day. The Ulysses Club for older motorcyclists is dedicated to those over 50, although anyone ...

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Journey asks John Woodley: As a Christian why did you choose to be involved in politics?

During my time as a Senator there were two contradictory questions/comments frequently asked by Christians. One was, “What is a nice clergyman like you doing in a place like that?” and “I am glad you are in politics. We need more Christians in Parliament.” Both of these well-intentioned statements reveal a lack of knowledge of political processes and of the ...

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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain Directed by Ang Lee Main cast Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid Rated M for moderate coarse language, moderate sex scenes, moderate violence. Feeling I should see the movie first and make my judgments later I headed off with a mate to see Brokeback Mountain. Being a pair of men ...

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US watchdog group decries status of religious minorities in Iran

A US religious freedom watchdog commission says it is "deeply concerned" about what it calls a worsening situation for religious minorities in Iran. "A consistent stream of virulent and inflammatory statements by political and religious leaders and an increase of harassment, imprisonment, and physical attacks against these groups is clear evidence of a disturbing, renewed pattern of oppression," the US ...

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