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Cancellation of Mozart opera in Berlin sparks free speech debate

German chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised as "self censorship" the cancellation of a Mozart opera in Berlin because of concern that a scene featuring the severed head of the Prophet Muhammad could lead to attacks by Muslims. "Self censorship because of fear is intolerable," Merkel said in a 27 September interview with the Hanover-based Neue Presse, following the decision of ...

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Vic/Tas Moderator challenges ‘English language test’ for Australian citizenship

In his first sermon as Moderator of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania, Rev Jason Kioa, seriously questioned the proposed ‘English Test’ for Australian citizenship and challenged politicians to overcome the fear of terrorism “by building communities of trust”. “The best thing Australian governments – both State and Federal – and opposition leaders and religious leaders…can do to overcome ...

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New Zealand Presbyterian to become Uniting Mission Director

A New Zealander with a decade of leadership experience in the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand has been called by the Assembly Standing Committee to the position of National Director of Uniting International Mission. Rev. Dr Kerry Enright has spent the last decade as the equivalent to the General Secretary in the Uniting Church and will conclude his term ...

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Canadian church opts for tap water in anti-privatisation campaign

Members of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination are going to drink tap water at meetings in future and not the bottled variety that has become institutionalised at gatherings, if church leaders have their way. United Church of Canada leaders say this stems from decisions taken at the general council of the church between 13 and 19 August when the denomination’s main ...

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President challenges community to work for peace

Uniting Church President, the Reverend Gregor Henderson, today issued a challenge to all Australians to take practical steps to encourage peace building on the United Nations International Day of Peace, Thursday 21st September. “Every Australian hopes for a world without violence, but living as we do in stable country, it has sometimes been difficult to grasp the extent and impact ...

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Papal apology would be ‘intellectual surrender’ says Protestant

Pope Benedict XVI is facing continuing calls for an unequivocal apology for remarks in a lecture linking Islam to violence, but such a step would be tantamount to "intellectual surrender" says a Protestant theologian in Germany. "Of course, an apology would be the quickest way for the Catholic Church to get back to normal," said the Rev. Martin Schuck of ...

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Pope Benedict ‘deeply sorry’ about reactions to speech

Pope Benedict XVI has apologised for the furore caused by a lecture he made in Germany where he quoted a 14th century Christian emperor who had referred to the "evil and inhuman" aspects of Islam, an address that stirred ire from some Muslims, but also triggered debate about free speech. "I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries ...

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Young adult book steps up for an award

Winner of the 2006 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award is Sheridan Voysey’s Unseen Footprints: encountering the divine along the journey of life. Published by Scripture Union this book uses movies, social trends, pain, yearning, personal conversations and natural wonders, coax Australians into the complex search for meaning. Voysey provides excellent examples from contemporary culture to provide a fresh ...

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US summit of bishops fails to mend Anglican divide

A meeting of bishops from the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church has failed to resolve a stalemate over issues such as the ordination of homosexuals and church authority that threatens to divide the US denomination into separate camps. "We had honest and frank conversations that confronted the depth of the conflicts that we face," noted 11 bishops in a statement following ...

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