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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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Church firms relationship with indigenous wing

Two proposals affirming the relationship between the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) and the rest of the Uniting Church were carried by consensus on day two of the church’s 11th Assembly. One endeavours to create a space in Assembly meetings where Congress members feel free to make meaningful contributions and exercise genuine leadership within the church. The other ...

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Assembly: more than one issue

WHILE SEXUALITY and leadership might be the only issue reported on radio, television and in newspapers the Assembly will be considering a number of other matters. These discussions will include: • calling the Uniting Church to adopt lifestyles which have a minimal impact on global warming; • encouraging synods, presbyteries and agencies to hold discussions about enhancing the practical expression ...

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Beaconsfield legend Frances Seen in Queensland

Redcliffe Uniting Church is welcoming Mrs Frances Seen over the weekend of the 14 – 16 July. Frances will be sharing her story of the Beaconsfield Mining tragedy and miracle, on Friday night at a Community function hosted by the Redcliffe City Council and on the Sunday morning at the Redcliffe Uniting Church. “Community Leadership – the Beaconsfield Story” will ...

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Clayfield College appoints new Principal

The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA) has appointed Brian Savins as new Principal of Clayfield College. The PMSA is a joint mission of the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches in Queensland and offers education of excellence in a Christian environment at Clayfield College, Somerville House, Brisbane Boys College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Mr Savins will take up the appointment ...

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Moderator hears more damming news

As part of his commitment to investigating the impact of the two mega dams proposed for South East Queensland, the Moderator of the Uniting Church, Queensland Synod, the Reverend Doctor David Pitman, visited Rathdowney to inspect the site for the proposed Tilley’s Bridge Dam. 110kms from Brisbane city and nearing the border of New South Wales, Rathdowney is a popular ...

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Argentine bishop says World Cup hides planet’s disparities

The passion sparked by international soccer matches around the world hides the painful reality of much of the planet, said Bishop Aldo M. Etchegoyen, general secretary of the Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches of Latin America and the Caribbean (CIEMAL). The celebrity games should not stop humanity from "seeing the other side of the coin, that of a world that ...

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Germany’s World Cup chapels reopened after receiving red

They were given a red card and closed by world soccer’s governing body, but chapels for players seeking Christian spiritual support during the World Cup in Germany have now reopened after protests from churches. The chapels opened in the run-up to the 2006 World Cup but were closed by FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, before the 9 June ...

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