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Young Adults Mission Immersion Weekend

The Young Adults Mission Immersion Weekend to be held on April 8-9 is an opportunity for young adults to hear stories from returnees from volunteer placements, both overseas and within Australia. It also enables young people to hear experiences from guests from partner churches and migrant-ethnic communities, to discover more about opportunities to serve within Australia and overseas, to share ...

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After War, Children in German church-run homes ‘faced abuse’

Germany’s main Protestant welfare agency has announced it wants an independent investigation into allegations that thousands of children in post-Second World War Germany faced abuse and neglect in church-run homes. "We don’t want to gloss over, play down or deny the facts," said Juergen Gohde, president of the Diakonisches Werk of the Evangelical Church in Germany, acknowledging that children had ...

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Greek church says it won’t block cremations, but wants burials

Greece’s Orthodox church has pledged not to oppose a new law allowing cremations for the first time in the country, but said it will expect Orthodox Christians to continue to be buried. "The church does not oppose and has no right to oppose the cremation of the dead for those of other religions or Christian denominations," Charis Kondaris, spokesperson for ...

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British priest who can’t forgive London bombers, abandons pulpit

An Anglican priest who has stepped down from her parish duties because she can’t forgive those who carried out the July bombings on London’s transport system which resulted in the death of more than 50 people including her daughter, has stirred a strong debate on the capacity for absolution. "Can I forgive them for what they did? No, I cannot. ...

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Trainees head to new ground

While most high school graduates are preparing for further study, apprenticeships, working or travelling, three young Uniting Church people are exploring their call to ministry with a year long traineeship in their chosen field. Tagisa Lale from St Ives UC Samoan congregation is enjoying her work at Wheller Gardens aged care residential facility with chaplains Colin Gurteen and Ruth O’Sullivan. ...

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Church ‘slow’ to recognise women’s call for equal partnership

The rights of women in Church and society are still not guaranteed, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches is warning as the world marks International Women’s Day on 8 March. "The Church is still slow in recognising the urgent call for women’s equal partnership with men in all areas of ministry and witness," said the Rev. Patricia Sheerattan-Bisnauth, executive secretary ...

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Anglican Communion could rupture over gay clergy, says Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has warned in a television interview that the worldwide Anglican Communion may "rupture" over the issue of homosexuality. Anglicans have been riven with division since the election in 2003 of V. Gene Robinson, who lives openly in a same-sex relationship, as a bishop in the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church, and the introduction by a ...

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Indigenous voices speak to the churches

Indigenous people from around the globe have had a special place the church for much of its life but, all too often, place has been destructive of their physical, spiritual and cultural heritage as the first nations of the colonized world. Seen as objects of mission rather than people of the living God, these first nations are now represented in ...

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NCYC issues a Call to Leadership

"To lead is to undertake a journey,"says The Hon. Justice (John) McKechnie, chairperson of the National Christian Youth Convention management team for 2007. Mr McKechnie’s vision for NCYC 2007 is to lead delegates on a journey of transformation. "The noun ‘leadership’ has no content unless the destination is known," he said. "For NCYC 2007, the destination is to transform delegates ...

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