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Solzhenitsyn backs Orthodox call that disputes Western ‘freedom’

Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, for many years a dissident against Soviet communism, has defended an Orthodox church-sponsored document calling for a new concept of human rights to counter Western notions of freedom said to lack "moral norms". "Limitless human rights are what our cave-dwelling ancestor already had – nothing prevented him from depriving his neighbour of prey or finishing him ...

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Vatican and WCC pursue common code on religious conversion

The World Council of Churches (WCC) says it is launching with the Vatican a three-year joint study project aimed at developing a shared code of conduct on religious conversion where charges of proselytising can trigger tensions in some societies. "The issue of religious conversion remains a controversial dimension in many interconfessional and interreligious relations", said the Rev. Hans Ucko, head ...

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Churches work together for rehabilitation in the Solomon Islands

The present crisis in the Solomon Islands highlights the continuing need for Australian Church support in the unsettled country. The Australian Churches recognise the need to address underlying economic and social justice issues in the Solomons to achieve lasting peace. This year Simply Sharing Week (an annual education program of the Australian Churches) is focusing on physical and mental health ...

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New research centre tackles community and aged care

A new $1.5 million research centre focused on improving community and aged care was opened by Federal Minister for Ageing Santo Santoro in Brisbane yesterday. The Research and Practice Development Centre will be a joint project between the University of Queensland (UQ) and the state’s largest community and aged care provider Blue Care, best known for Blue Nursing. The Head of ...

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Da Vinci Code’ filming fee funds rebuttal at Winchester Cathedral

Proceeds from a reported 20 000 British pounds (US$36 640) paid by the Sony Corporation for permitting scenes from the "Da Vinci Code" to be filmed within Winchester Cathedral in southern England last October, have funded an exhibition which responds critically to Dan Brown’s ecclesiastical fictional thriller. "Cracking the Code", which visitors can see as part of the standard 4 ...

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Fassifern opens its $30,000 vergola

Fassifern Blue Care and Uniting Church Centre will host their $30,000 grand “vergola” opening on May 6. Uniting Church Minister Rev James Matthews said the community is invited to join in celebrating the completion of a project which began as a dream nearly 20 years ago. “It was Esther England who generously bequeathed sufficient funds to Boonah Blue Care and ...

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Former Soviet leader Gorbachev recalls day of Chernobyl disaster

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has told an interfaith gathering his life has never been the same since the day in 1986 when the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster. "The disaster was a shocking reminder of the reality of nuclear threats and it has become a symbol of modern technological risks," Gorbachev said in ...

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Uniting Church responds re trouble with Papua

Following criticism last week by the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Mr Hanzah Thayeb an Indonesian parliamentary commission has also criticised Australia over the granting of Temporary Protection Visas to the 42 Papuan Asylum seekers. Mr Thayeb was withdrawn to Jakarta on 24th March and claimed the UCA is supporting “separatism” in Papua and is making claims that create a “stigma” ...

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Lifeline for your phone funds a Lifeline for others

It’s just Human Nature to want a Lifeline! So much in fact, that Toby Allen from Human Nature and Dancing with the Stars fame has been one of the first to sport a Lifeline for his phone! Human Nature’s Toby Allen has been busy twirling and tangoing on the dance floor as the favourite to win Seven’s fourth series of ...

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Cool chaplain shaves for others on her 40th

Uniting Church Chaplain at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Rev Iris Carden will feel significantly cooler this winter. On May 4, she will line up with hospital staff to have her head shaved to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. It is part of the "World’s Greatest Shave to Care and Cure". The shave is happening on a significant ...

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