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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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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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