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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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Nazi-era naval vessel to be turned into floating church in Croatia

A Roman Catholic monastery in Croatia has found use for a former German naval vessel by arranging to have it turned into a floating church. "It will be used as a sailing church for the young, who will be able to travel the Adriatic, pray and meditate as part of church-sponsored religious cruises," Croatia’s Jutarnji List newspaper reported on 4 ...

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Dissident leaders decline to meet President

The President of the Uniting Church, Rev. Gregor Henderson, today expressed surprise and regret that the leaders of EMU and the Reforming Alliance have refused to meet him to discuss the proposed Assembly of Confessing Congregations. “It is with deep regret that I have learned the leaders of both EMU and the Reforming Alliance have twice declined my invitation to ...

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Assembly responds to Confessing Congregations Proposal

The President of the Uniting Church, Rev. Gregor Henderson, today issued an invitation to the leadership of EMU and the Reforming Alliance, to meet with him and other church leaders next week to clarify the proposed Assembly of Confessing Congregations. “On face value this proposal seems to suggest establishing a series of parallel structures within the Uniting Church. The Church’s ...

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