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Church calls for end to Christmas Island detention

THE UNITING Church in Australia has expressed its horror at the excessive use of force against asylum seekers on Christmas Island in mid-March. On 17 March the President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Alistair Macrae said, “The confirmation by the Immigration Minister that ‘beanbag’ bullets, along with tear gas, were used against an unarmed group of people partaking ...

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Church members dig deep for flood victims

THE UNITING Church in Australia has raised more than one million dollars in aid of flood victims in Queensland, Victoria, northern New South Wales and Western Australia. The President’s Appeal was launched by the Assembly in cooperation with the Queensland Synod and Lifeline Community Care Queensland, in immediate response to the flooding that devastated parts of rural Queensland, Brisbane and ...

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The community spirit of a nation

THE RECENT Queensland floods have devastated the nation – but they have also revealed the strength of Australia’s community spirit, with thousands of volunteers lending a hand. Clean Up Australia Day – Australia’s largest community participation event – reflects this great tradition of volunteering in Australia. Thousands of volunteers have already registered for Clean Up Australia Day 2011, to do ...

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Australian churches come together in flood crisis

AS NOTHERN Australia suffers the worst flooding in more than 30 years, Australian churches have moved rapidly to respond to the community’s urgent needs. Flooding has continued to build since late December with flood waters covering an area the size of Germany and France combined. Sixteen people are now confirmed dead, with 53 missing and more than 200,000 people stranded. Local ...

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Technology unites missionaries, families around the world

JANINE WINKLER loves reading books to her 2-year-old grandson Judah, but instead of sitting on her lap at her home in Michigan, he’s usually half a world away in Nigeria, where his father works for Wycliffe Bible Translators. What connects them is Skype, the free online telephone and video service, that has made expensive phone calls and lengthy periods of no ...

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Christian denominations join for ecumenical prayer service for the victims of the church bombings in Egypt

This Friday 7th January 2011 at 1pm, Australian Church leaders from all Christian denominations and notable dignitaries will gather at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne at an Ecumenical Prayer Service for the victims of Egypt’s New Year’s Eve church bombings which took place in the Northern City of Alexandria and claimed 23 lives and wounded over 80 Coptic Christians. His ...

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The Uniting Church helping to get children out of detention

ON 18 OCTOBER this year the Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen, announced that around 900 unaccompanied children and vulnerable families in immigration detention would be released into community detention . Some will be released as early as Christmas, with the majority being placed by June next year. He committed the Government to working with churches and community service agencies to ...

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Uniting Church says constitutional change challenging but rewarding

The Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church has congratulated the Australian Government on its announcement of a referendum on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. Uniting Church President Rev Alistair Macrae said today this announcement signals the start of an important further ...

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Churches sign up for research to strengthen leadership and innovation

DENOMINATIONS FROM every State and Territory in Australia have signed up for the 2011 National Church Life Survey (NCLS). They will be provided with individualised feedback from the Survey that continues to be a rich resource for church leaders to use for the benefit of their people and for planning, outreach and advocacy. From September to November 2011 each participating church ...

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World Council of Churches condemns attack on church in Iraq

The World Council of Churches general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has condemned the "criminal act of terror" Sunday in Baghdad, Iraq, when gunmen took hostages in the Sayidat al-Nejat Church. The death toll from the hostage standoff rose to some 58 people on Monday, including priests, women and children and Iraqi security forces who conducted a raid to ...

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