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Brisbane Broncos “flip” for a cause

Star Brisbane Broncos players, Karmichael Hunt and Brad Thorn had a flipping fun time today when they helped launch UnitingCare’s annual fund raising event, Pancake Day. The players were there to support UnitingCare this morning, after a heavy training session, to help create awareness about the work of UnitingCare and the important role they play in the community. On UnitingCare’s ...

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Putin: It’s religion and nuclear weapons that protect Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country’s internal and external security depends upon two things – its traditional religions and its nuclear forces. "These themes are closely connected because both the traditional faiths of the Russian Federation and Russia’s nuclear shield are two things that strengthen Russian statehood and create the necessary conditions for ensuring the country’s internal and ...

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Yeppoon aged care facility opens

A new aged care facility is opening in Yeppoon on Friday (February 9). The ultra modern Blue Care Capricorn Gardens boasts four wings and accommodates 60 residents. With more than 50 staff, the facility is now one of the major employers in the coastal resort town. Blue Care Regional Director Brad Sadler said at a cost of $7.5 million Capricorn ...

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Uniting Church condemns unfair trial for Hicks

The Uniting Church in Australia today condemned the Government’s acceptance of the new draft charges against Guantanamo detainee David Hicks and expressed deep concern for his wellbeing and about the trial process. Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson said that the Australian Government must immediately act to ensure that David Hicks is afforded a fair trial. “David Hicks has been ...

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Moderator calls for prayer for North Queensland floods

The Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland Rev Dr David Pitman has issued a pastoral letter with a prayer request regarding the current flooding in North Queensland.  Here is the text of that statement. Dear Friends in Christ, You will all be aware that there has been extremely heavy rain and major flooding in North Queensland over recent days. This ...

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World church body says UN climate report shows need to act now

The World Council of Churches and other Christian groups say immediate action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after a UN climate panel issued its strongest warning yet that human activities are to blame for global warming. "The global debate over human impact on the environment must now shift from denial and delays to responsibility and remedies that are ...

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Called to plant a future – Lent Studies 2007

An all new series of small group study resources is being offered from the Queensland Synod for use by congregations for group study and/or personal reflection during Lent or at some other time during the year. The Called to plant a future resource is offered to Uniting Church congregations in Queensland as a four-page full colour "lift-out" in the February ...

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England Catholics told to toe government line on gay adoption

Roman Catholic adoption agencies in England and Wales will not be allowed an exemption from legislation which will require them to accept homosexual couples as potential parents, the British government has announced. The exemption on grounds of conscience was sought by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, leader of the church in England and Wales, in a letter to all members of ...

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Tutu says gays’ treatment like apartheid, stirs African debate

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, has warned African churches against paying too much attention to the issue of homosexuality while ignoring real problems facing the continent. "I am deeply, deeply distressed that in the face of the most horrendous problems – we’ve got poverty, we’ve got conflict and war, we’ve got HIV/AIDS ...

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