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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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Christian xxx Web site targeting porn industry stirs controversy

It describes itself as the "No. 1 Christian porn site", the target is the US adult entertainment industry, but its distribution of purple and yellow covered Bibles with the slogan "Jesus loves porn stars" is drawing fire from others who follow the same faith. Pastors Mike Foster and Craig Gross created the XXXchurch ministry in 2002 with two goals: to ...

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Youthful delegates express hopes for meeting and church future

A pre Assembly orientation for 17 youthful members (aged under 30) of the Assembly was held at Grace College July 3-5. They discussed the finer details of how Assembly meetings work and how decisions were made. They also met with key speakers at this year’s meeting. Elise Honey from Bendigo in the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania said the pre-Assembly ...

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‘We’re working for God’s benefit’

The Rev. Dr Dean Drayton opened his final business session as retiring President of the Uniting Church on July 5 with a call to delegates to “work hard in the Lord”. He reminded all at the meeting that they were not going “under our own steam”, but working for God’s benefit. Their work and their lives were within the love ...

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