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NAIDOC heroes help close gap

THE THEME of the 2010 NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week in July was Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way. Journey asked two people who their unsung hero was and why. Uniting Church President Rev Alistair Macrae said his unsung hero is a representative of a whole group of unsung heroes. “His name is ...

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Flying bid to ground malaria

EVERY 30 SECONDS a child dies of malaria. Each year one million people will die of malaria. Two Victorian pilots, Ken Evers and Tim Pryse, pictured left with Jonathan from Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) (centre), have completed a circumnavigation of the world to raise money for malaria programs. On the Millions against Malaria journey they visited places like New Orleans, Uganda, ...

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Will your Federal MP help make poverty history?

Voters in the seat of Ryan will have the chance to hear if their candidates for Federal Parliament want to help Make Poverty History at a forum being held at University of Queensland St Lucia Campus on Thursday 29th July 2010. Make Poverty History Spokesperson Steph Carter said the forum was a chance for voters to learn about their prospective ...

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Election heats up poverty issues

THE COUNTDOWN to this year’s federal election prompted candidates to address voters in a series of forums in June. Make Poverty History along with Micah Challenge is arranging around 60 electoral forums in marginal Federal Electorates across Australia. In Queensland, Make Poverty History forums have been held in the electorates of Moreton, Bonner, Brisbane and Dickson. More than 70 constituents ...

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Caloundra wins climate change award

ON WORLD Environment Day (5 June) Caloundra Uniting Church was announced a joint winner of The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) Climate Change Award for communities. ARRCC is a multi-faith network committed to taking action on this most pressing issue of our time. Caloundra Uniting Church shares the award with the Anglican Church Diocese, Canberra/Goulburn. The ARRCC award ...

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Long walk for Bible translations

THREE FRIENDS will walk from Cairns to Stanthorpe from August to November this year to spread the word that there are 2000 languages – representing 350 million people – that still don’t have the Bible. Dave Carnell, Andrew Carnell and Andrew Sav will walk 2000km over 80 days. Mr Sav said he thought it wasn’t fair that there are so ...

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2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year short list announced

2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year short list was announced on Tuesday 8 June 2010. The 2010 Australian Christian Book of the Year Award short-listed books are: A century of influence: Australian Student Christian Movement 1896-1996 by Renate Howe (University of New South Wales Press) Desolate beauty by Trudy Adams (Ark House Press) Hebrews: A New Covenant commentary by ...

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Quest for Christian unity not new, Edinburgh conference hears

Since Christianity began, there has never been a time when mission has not been taking place, and the same is true for ecumenism or the quest for unity, a key Vatican figure has said at a conference to mark the centenary of the first world mission conference in Edinburgh. Bishop Brian Farrell, who heads the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting ...

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Lifeline Bookfest outgrows its home

BOOKS donated to the Bookfest have outgrown Lifeline’s distribution warehouse and will this week be moving to a new home around the corner. Lifeline Brisbane’s Bookfest runs twice a year at the Brisbane Convention Centre in January and June selling approximately 4 million books annually. Lifeline Bookfest Coordinator, Roy Frith said the new warehouse will provide the Book supervisor and ...

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Gaza flotilla: churches call for independent inquiry

Queensland Churches Together (QCT) deplores the violence that left at least nine activists dead and many injured by Israeli elite forces that intercepted a ship carrying humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza on 31st May. The violence took place in international waters. QCT supports the United Nations Security Council’s call for an impartial investigation into the violence. In a ...

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