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Speaking truth to power on asylum seekers

National Director of UnitingJustice Rev Elenie Poulos and members of the Uniting Church who work with asylum seekers have spoken out on the sidelines of a Federal Government Caucus meeting in the Sydney suburb of Balmain. Ms Poulos told assembled national media that the Government's policy of sending all asylum seekers arriving by boat to Papua New Guinea for resettlement ...

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Uniting Church laments gross failure of compassion on asylum seekers

The Uniting Church in Australia has expressed its deep concern over the latest round of policy amendments designed to punish asylum seekers arriving by boat. President of the Uniting Church Assembly Rev Dr Andrew Dutney spoke of his dismay at the extreme abdication of responsibility demonstrated by the new arrangements announced by Prime Minister Rudd. “We now see firmly entrenched ...

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President affirms diverse parliament

Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, the President of the Uniting Church Assembly, has called on Australians to show due respect for each other’s faith, after a Muslim MP was vilified for choosing to swear his oath of office on the Koran. Western Sydney MP Ed Husic became the first Australian Federal Member of Parliament to take his ministerial oath on the ...

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Queensland Synod members receive Queen’s Birthday Honours

Former moderator Rev Dr David Pitman has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, one of six Uniting Church members in Queensland to receive honours in the Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List announced today by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce. In addition to twice being elected moderator, Dr Pitman currently sits on the UnitingCare Queensland ...

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Uniting Church and Islamic communities share a common word

A joint conference between members of the Australian Islamic Cultural Centre (AICC) and the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly was hosted by Al-Faisal College in Auburn on the 17 April 2013. The Assembly's Working Group on Relations with Other Faiths brought together fifteen ministers from around Australia who joined Muslim leaders, scholars and teachers to discuss the theme 'to Love ...

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Lutheran/Uniting Church liturgy for shared ministry

Representatives of the Lutheran Church of Australia and the Uniting Church in Australia have launched a new liturgy for shared ministry between their churches. The Co-chair of the Lutheran/Uniting Church Dialogue, Rev Dr Anna Grant-Henderson of the Uniting Church, said that the liturgy marks a significant step in the continuing relationship between the two churches. "The dialogue is seeking a ...

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Another national failure to welcome the stranger

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Professor Andrew Dutney has deplored the move by the federal government to excise the Australian mainland from the migration zone. The move means that no asylum seekers arriving in Australia will have the automatic right to remain in Australia while their claims for a humanitarian visa are being processed. "Yet again ...

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Week of prayer for christian unity

Members of the Uniting Church are urged to join with other Christian churches in a week of prayer organised by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). "We invite all of our members to join our brothers and sisters from other churches to celebrate the unity that is ours in Christ," said the President of the Uniting Church Assembly ...

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Bridging the divide

Mining touches the lives of rural people in a very different way to those in cities. Katie Lewis reports on an organisation bringing the two groups together. Bridging the Divide is a non-profit organisation established late last year to create communication and support networks amongst rural, regional and urban communities impacted by coal and coal seam gas mining. Founder, Annette ...

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