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‘Atheist’ Soviet cosmonaut Gagarin supported Church says colleague

The world’s first person in space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, publicly advocated rebuilding Moscow’s destroyed Christ the Saviour basilica despite being depicted as a committed atheist by the Soviet regime, a former friend has revealed. "Like every Russian, Gagarin was baptised – and, as far as I know, he was a believer," said Colonel Valentin Petrov, an associate professor at ...

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Tutu says churches found it easier to speak out under apartheid

South African Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu says the church in his country finds it difficult to speak out about the suffering of underprivileged people for fear of being accused of not helping the government in its nation-building process. "It’s not easy when you want to speak out against people who are really on your side and you are wondering ...

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Religious Education: Adding value in the classroom

In an uncertain world, religious education (RE) can support students in their quest for positive values and sources of spirituality. This is the view shared by the members a task group of Queensland Churches Together (QCT) and its 11 member churches, which has been following the development of new RE legislation (see: “God of Choice”, Courier Mail, April 15-16). “QCT ...

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A growing faith experience for young people

Sometimes misunderstood and often not known about, Chrysalis weekends introduce young adults to Christianity as a lifestyle. The highly structured three day experience is designed to strengthen and renew the faith of young Christians and, through them, all those with whom they come into contact. Queensland Chrysalis committee member Andrew Johnson told how people often won’t say much about what ...

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US Protestant denomination stirs debate on political agenda

The United Church of Christ (UCC), often described as one of the socially critical Protestant denominations in the United States, has turned to television commercials and the Internet hammer home its message that it is an inclusive church. At the same time, the denomination’s president has accused the Institute on Religion and Democracy advocacy group of promoting a "neo-conservative agenda" ...

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Hospital’s Piper Heads to Kokoda Memorial

St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital staff member Jeff Goward is travelling with his bagpipes to play in the Kokoda ANZAC Day Memorial Service. On Sunday Mr Goward will pipe alongside walkers on the trail such as Channel Seven’s David Koch as they end their trek. As St Andrew’s community remembers their history and that of the ANZACs with their memorial ...

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NCYC 2007 Includes an Expo

The National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) 2007 will be in Perth, Western Australia, 3 – 9 January 2007. The theme is Agents of Change and registration is open to all young people between the ages of 16 and 30 as of 3 January 2007. It is about transformation – inner and outer. What are the agents that change us, and ...

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Churches active for Reconciliation and Christian Unity

Catholics on one corner of the street, Uniting Church on the other, Anglicans down the road? This year on 3rd June Queensland Churches Together wishes to demonstrate that though the buildings may still remain, the barriers between their occupants are visibly crumbling. Each year just before Pentecost, in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, members of different churches come ...

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Partner Church in West Papua appeals for help

Rev. Hermann Saud, the retiring Moderator of the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua, has appealed to the Uniting Church to raise concerns throughout the world concerning escalating violence in West Papua. A series of demonstrations against the giant Freeport Mine near Timika turned ugly during the third week of March and four Indonesian security personnel were attacked ...

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‘Dan Brown phenomenon’ fuels Judas text interest say UK scholars

Religion scholars say the recent release of the "Gospel of Judas", an early Christian text favourable to the disciple reputed to have betrayed Jesus, can contribute to understanding about the world of early Christianity. But some have also expressed scepticism about what they see as media hyperbole surrounding the manuscript’s release. "I think the massive media interest in the ‘Gospel ...

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