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Maryborough respite officially opens

Maryborough’s new cutting-edge Blue Care Respite Centre Tirrike (tear-rick-ee) will officially open its doors tomorrow (November 30). The $800,000 purpose-built facility, named after the Indigenous word for “joy and laughter”, specialises in day respite and in-home respite, an emergency respite bed for people with dementia and Veterans’ Home Care Program (VHC). Blue Care Respite Co-ordinator Carla Blacklock said since Tirrike ...

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Government changes Religious Education and chaplaincy policies

New education policies released by the Queensland Department for Education Training and the Arts will greatly influence the conduct of Religious Education and the provision of chaplaincy services in State Schools. The Uniting Church representative on the State Government’s Religious Education Advisory Committee (REAC) Rev David MacGregor says both policies significantly ‘raise the crossbar’ for all interested parties. For RE ...

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Approval decision a win for Brisbane’s elderly

Blue Care has welcomed the Local Government and Planning Minister’s decision to approve aged and community care facilities at 818 Rode Rd, Stafford Heights. Executive Director of the Uniting Church agency Stephen Muggleton said the decision meant older people in Stafford Heights would get the aged care services they needed. Mr Muggleton said Rode Rd would ultimately provide a total ...

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Nuclear weapons unacceptable in any form says WCC

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches has heard Christian leaders in Taipei express concerns about Taiwan’s vulnerability due to the increasing proliferation of nuclear weapons in the region, especially the threat from China and North Korea. Kobia WAs visiting Taiwan from 23-26 November and he addressed faculty and students of the Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, which ...

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Archbishop in England calls on airline to think again on cross ban

The Anglican Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has called on British Airways (BA) to reconsider its decision to refuse to allow Nadia Eweida, a check-in worker, to wear a necklace cross on the outside of her uniform. The airline announced on 20 November that her appeal against the original instruction not to wear the cross at work had been rejected ...

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Pope and Anglican leader seek stronger ties, but still ‘divided’

Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, have prayed together and committed to strengthening Roman Catholic-Anglican ties, but the two remained divided over key issues, including the ordination of women priests and the role of homosexual clergy. The Pope and the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion met at the Vatican on 23 November to celebrate the ...

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Zimbabweans are dying of depression says Bulawayo archbishop

Zimbabweans are dying of depression as well as from HIV/AIDS and hunger, 60-year old Pius Ncube, Zimbabwe’s Roman Catholic archbishop of Bulawayo, says. On a visit to Britain he told the BBC that inflation in the southern African country is in excess of 1000 per cent "and people are extremely depressed and tired of being harassed by President Mugabe’s secret ...

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Killing of Lebanese cabinet minister stirs up Christian fears

The normally jammed-packed streets of Beirut during rush hour were even more frantic as residents scrambled following the news that Christian politician Pierre Gemayel had been gunned down and killed in the streets of a Beirut suburb. Horns blared, sirens screeched and a thick air of apprehension took hold as people struggled with the news on 21 November. For a ...

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Unity College Caloundra officially open

Late last month, history was made in Caloundra with over 800 people celebrating the official Opening and Blessing of an ecumenical school, Unity College. Unity College is owned and operated by Brisbane Catholic Education in partnership with the Uniting Church of Caloundra. In keeping with the ecumenical spirit of the College, the Official Blessing was conducted by Archbishop John Bathersby, ...

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More to life at AGMF

R&B/pop diva Stacie Orrico will become one of the biggest acts to perform on Main Stage at AGMF 07 next Easter (6-8 April 2007). At just 20 years, the honey voiced US singer is already an eight-year veteran of the music industry. She was discovered at 12, released a gold-selling record at 14, and traveled the globe to support her ...

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