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Boesak accuses South Africa’s ANC of reinstating race division

The former president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the Rev. Allan Boesak, a one-time leader of South Africa’s African National Congress in the Western Cape province, has provoked a storm in the ANC after telling trade unionists the ruling party has brought back the language of racial division. Boesak told a National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa ...

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Korea churches urge Bush to talk and lift sanctions on North

Churches has written to US President George W. Bush urging the lifting of sanctions on North Korea and also the use of diplomacy to replace an armistice signed on the Korean Peninsula in 1953 with a peace agreement. Anglican Bishop Park Kyung-Jo, president of the National Council of Churches in Korea said he had sent his letter on behalf of ...

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Founder of Soviet secret police ‘loved Christ’

Feliks Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police, "loved Christ very much", Argument i Fakty, a Russian weekly newspaper published in Moscow has reported. The words were attributed by the newspaper to Dzerzhinsky’s sister Yadwiga who is believed to have died in 1949. "Christ’s commandments were deeply rooted in his heart," the newspaper quotes her in a 19 July ...

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Emerging theologian visits down under

CONTROVERSIAL YOUNG Northern Ireland theologian Pete Rollins will be a keynote speaker at the next National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC 2007). Rollins believes the emerging church presents a singular, unprecedented opportunity to transform the theological and moral architecture of the Christian community. Rollins’ recent book How (Not) to Speak of God is attracting interest world wide. Author Brian McLaren describes ...

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Sri Lanka bishop fights Britain’s visa fingerprint obligation

The Anglican Communion has its headquarters in London but Anglican Bishop Duleep de Chickera of Sri Lanka says he will not visit Britain unless it lifts the mandatory fingerprinting of visa applicants from his nation, or applies it to citizens of all countries. "This is discriminatory and an insult to the Sri Lankan citizens," said Chickera, as he described his ...

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World Methodists agree to sign up to Lutheran-Catholic agreement

World Methodists have agreed to endorse a 1999 Lutheran-Roman Catholic agreement on the doctrine of justification, a key doctrinal question at the time of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. The endorsement came at an 18-19 July meeting in Seoul of the 500-member governing body of the World Methodist Council (WMC) in advance of the World Methodist Conference, which opened in ...

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World Methodists to sign up to Lutheran-Catholic agreement

A global gathering of Methodist churches is set to sign up to a groundbreaking agreement between Lutherans and Roman Catholics on the doctrine of justification, a key doctrinal question at the time of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. "This was one of the issues that created the split that formed the Protestant church," said the Rev. George H. Freeman, general ...

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Some want alternative Assembly

In general, reaction to the 11th Assembly decisions on sexuality and leadership (READ HERE) has not been as swift or as spirited as after the 10th Assembly in 2003, but there is still some continuing dissention from the latest resolution sexuality and leadership. The Reforming Alliance (RA) and Evangelical Members of the Uniting Church (EMU) groups who have consistently asked ...

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Churches in Zambia speak out on ‘indecent dressing’ among women

Some Christian leaders in Zambia are calling for the Church in their country to play a stronger role in fighting moral decay and indecent dressing by women, seen in some quarters as a trigger to sexual promiscuity in a nation ravaged by HIV/AIDS. At the same time other church members have warned that strident calls about female attire can trigger ...

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