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Coretta Scott King remembered for her civil rights leadership

Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, is being remembered for her own leadership in the struggle for civil and human rights in the United States and throughout the world. She was an unwavering advocate of civil and human rights and a champion of non-violence," said the Rev. Michael E. Livingston, the president of the ...

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UnitingJustice believes the RU486 debate is confused

The Uniting Church has claimed that the drug RU486 should be evaluated by proper trials in the same way as any other therapeutic drug or procedure and that the question of the drug’s safety should be viewed separately to a debate on the moral and ethical issues of the abortion procedure itself Rev Elenie Poulos, National Director UnitingJustice Australia wrote ...

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Palestine bishop tells Christians after Hamas victory: Don’t panic

Holy Land Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan has urged Christians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip not to panic over the militant Islamic group Hamas’ victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections. Palestinian Christians have been unsettled by the sweeping victory by Hamas, which has a charter calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in all of Israel and the Palestinian ...

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Protestant ‘saint’ who opposed Hitler remembered

Christians around the world are preparing to remember the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran theologian executed for his opposition to the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler. "He is a saint – in the Protestant meaning of the word," said Germany’s top Protestant bishop, Wolfgang Huber, one of the editors of the complete works of ...

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Trinity graduates ready to start

Ministry of the Word graduates from Trinity Theological College Lucie Bennett and Wayne McHugh will commence their placements as intern ministers at the start of 2006. For Lucie, candidating for ministry was something she first thought about 20 years ago but it wasn’t until three months before her husband was diagnosed with cancer that she received another call, and two ...

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NCYC Internships – It only takes a year to change your whole life!

National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) 2007, following the lead of organizations including Sojourners, the Centre for Action & Contemplation, and World Vision, has begun an Internship Program. “The NCYC 2007 internship program provides an opportunity for young people to receive training and gain experience from the organisation of a large scale event.” says Jeremy Burtenshaw, Convention Manager Open to young ...

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More than just a face – Pastor Anne Harley is Townsville’s Citizen of the Year

Uniting Church Lay Pastor and Minister of the Mt Louisa House of Praise, Anne Harley, received the Townsville Australia Day Citizen of the Year for her efforts in co-ordinating Stable on the Strand program. Townsville Mayor Tony Mooney was reported by the Townsville Bulletin as having said that Townsville was acknowledging citizens who have achieved at the highest level. Ms ...

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Pioneer nun is key speaker at national UnitingCare conference

Outspoken Catholic Nun and Associate Professor University of Western Australia Sr Veronica Brady will be a keynote speaker at the UnitingCare Australia and Uniting Missions Network National Conference to be held in Brisbane in March. Born in Melbourne in 1929, Veronica Brady became one of the first Australian nuns to teach in a university, broadcast on radio and join in ...

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Encyclical on love seen as Pope’s ‘compassionate’ conservatism

Pope Benedict XVI has won plaudits from what some consider an unlikely quarter for attempting in his encyclical to relate the spiritual and erotic aspects on love, delivering what one commentator labelled a "compassionate conservatism". True the dissenting Roman Catholic theologian Hans Kueng was critical of what he said was Benedict’s failure in the encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est" (Latin for ...

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Unting Church member and co-worker awarded Order of Australia Medal

The Governor-General, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery, has approved awards for 662 recipients in the Australia Day 2006 Honours List. Mr John Martin Butters of Victoria Point, Queensland was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division Mr Butters was recognised for service to education promoting adult learning opportunities, and to the community through ...

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