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World Council of Churches disappointed by Copenhagen outcome

As the excitement of the Copenhagen climate change talks subside, the time for matching reality with expectations has begun. From the perspective of the World Council of Churches (WCC) the outcome of the negotiations unfortunately did not match expectations. “With a lack of transparency, the agreement reached this past week by some countries was negotiated without consensus but rather in ...

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Churches unhappy with Copenhagen accord urge ongoing action

Faith groups have expressed disappointment and anger over the outcome of the United Nations talks on climate change that have ended in Copenhagen, pledging to continue to press for climate justice. "With a lack of transparency, the agreement reached this past week by some countries was negotiated without consensus but rather in secret among the powerful nations of the world," ...

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Businesses and Blue Care bring cheer to the elderly for Christmas

Hampers brimming with Christmas treats are being wrapped this week to help brighten the lives of 12 elderly people living on the Gold Coast. Blue Care Gold Coast Allied Health Manager Sue McGuire said Christmas could be a lonely time of year for some, which is why staff at Blue Care’s Elanora and Southport offices have teamed up with local ...

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Proposals wanted for International Ecumenical Peace Convocation

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has invited the submission of workshop proposals for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) to take place in Jamaica in May 2011. Proposals must be submitted by 31 March 2010. The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation will mark the conclusion of the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence. It will be both the harvest festival of ...

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Church saddened by Cairns homelessness crisis

The Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev Bruce Johnson has expressed sadness over the necessary closure of some buildings at the former Good Samaritan facility in Cairns. The site has been used on a temporary basis by the services of the Good Samaritan Ministries, however the facility needs extensive upgrading to meet building compliance ...

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Philippines massacre highlights need for Young Ambassadors for Peace Program

The massacre that unfolded recently in the Philippines highlights how important peace building programs are in areas experiencing internal conflict. Ongoing tensions both between and within communities throughout Asia and the Pacific are continuing to create conditions where development efforts are slowed or ineffective. As a response to the growing need for peacemaking programs, UnitingWorld has launched the People for ...

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Songs that Unite competition entries closing soon

Entries close soon for Songs that Unite, the song writing competition of the Uniting Church in Australia that is seeking to encourage the development of Australian Christian music for use in congregations. The focus of the competition is congregational (or other group) singing, rather than songs for individual performance and the winning entries will be promoted in congregations across the ...

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Pioneer of Indian church and WCC is remembered 100 years on

The life of Bishop Lesslie Newbigin, an English Presbyterian instrumental in the creation of the united Church of South India and who played a key role in the World Council of Churches, is being commemorated 100 years after his birth. "Lesslie Newbigin was one of our ecumenical forebears," said WCC general secretary the Rev. Samuel Kobia in a sermon at ...

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Uniting Church President Urges Support for Fiji

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Alistair Macrae has pledged the support of the Uniting Church in Australia to support the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma. Macrae’s call has come in response to the continuing tensions between the Methodist Church and the Fijian government, which has seen the arrest and detention of Church leaders and the ...

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Blue Care honours long-serving staff

Blue Care, Australia’s largest not-for-profit provider of community health and residential aged care, has honoured its long-serving staff across Queensland and northern New South Wales. The recent 2009 Blue Care Staff Recognition Night honoured 194 individuals who have reached a career milestone of 20 or more years of continuous service with the organisation across a variety of caring and support ...

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