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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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New alliance of conservative church members proposed

A joint summit of the Reforming Alliance and the Evangelical Members of the Uniting Church (EMU) met in Brisbane yesterday to respond to the decisions of the 11th Assembly (HERE) on sexuality and leadership. In a press release today National EMU spokesperson Rev Stephen Estherby claimed that the decisions have plunged the Uniting Church in Australia deeper into confusion and ...

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Brazilian academics say soccer is almost like a secular religion

Sport is almost a secular religion with its myths, rules and revered heroes, often competing with religion when games are played at the same time as church services, say two Brazilian researchers. Professors Ricardo dos Santos and Francisco Teixeira, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, are editors of a book entitled: "Football and politics, the construction of a ...

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Church of England takes step towards having women as bishops

The Church of England’s general synod has voted that the appointment of women as bishops is theologically justified, but hurdles remain before the measure can be implemented in the Anglican denomination. "I must pay tribute to Anglican women who have been tested for nearly 90 years," the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, told the synod. "They have kept the faith ...

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Church calls for more from government on human rights and employment relations

On Monday night, during one of the last business sessions of its triennial meeting, the Uniting Church’s national Assembly agreed to adopt a historic statement on human rights: Dignity in Humanity: Recognising Christ in Every Person. Speaking after the decision, the Rev. Gregor Henderson thanked the Assembly for passing the proposal from UnitingJustice Australia, saying the document was an “important ...

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World famous minister visits Assembly

The Assembly yesterday met up with the community minister of a “now world famous Uniting Church” and gave her a standing ovation. “You and your congregation of Beaconsfield have done the Uniting Church proud,” Gregor Henderson told Frances Seen, from the northern Tasmanian town where a mine disaster left one man dead and two trapped underground for two weeks. “We ...

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20th century theologians square up for theology world cup final

Germany and Switzerland may have been knocked out of the world’s top soccer tournament, but on 9 July the two nations are facing off in the finals of the Systematic Theology World Cup to find the greatest theologian – living or dead – of the 20th century. German Protestant Juergen Moltmann will face Swiss Roman Catholic Hans Urs von Balthasar ...

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