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Partner Church in Fiji Braces for Cyclone Tomas

UnitingWorld has heard from the Pacific Conference of Churches, Fiji, as the country braces for what is predicted to be the worst cyclone to have hit the South Pacific nation in recent history. A nation wide curfew was in place yesterday, but has now been lifted temporarily in order to allow residents time to prepare their homes and families and ...

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UnitingCare Queensland Centre for Social Justice launches Scan of Disadvantage in Queensland 2010

UnitingCare Queensland has released a report which lays the foundations to address entrenched disadvantage in Queensland. The report shows the continuing “locational” nature of disadvantage and calls for place-based partnerships across community, government and business as a critical response. The 2010 report updates a previous 2006 version. The report, which uses 2006 Census data and the ABS SEIFA Index of ...

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Lifeline teams to hit the ground in Charleville and Roma

Unable to gain immediate access to Roma and Charleville districts due to flooded roads, Lifeline Community Recovery teams will be on the ground tomorrow to provide direct support to those affected. The Lifeline Community Recovery program is specifically designed to support individuals and communities affected by disasters or events. Community Recovery Manager Richard Johnson said hundreds of homes have been ...

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Faith-based groups grow as part of New Zealand left politics

New Zealand politics has taken on an unexpected religious flavour since the left wing of the political divide adopted faith-based groups into their normally secular structures. Whilst New Zealand has a number of longstanding faith-based political parties, they have been seen as representing the right wing of the political spectrum. The development of affiliated religious subgroups within the Labour Party ...

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Church leaders voice concerns for wellbeing of asylum seekers on Christmas Island

President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Alistair Macrae and Anglican Archbishop of Perth, the Most Rev Roger Herft have voiced concerns for the wellbeing of asylum seekers on Christmas Island following a recent visit. A delegation of church leaders visited Christmas Island last week to see first-hand the conditions under which asylum seekers are detained, and to meet ...

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UnitingCare Australia National Director steps aside to take preselection

Mr Peter Bicknell, Chair of UnitingCare Australia, announced today that Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia has stepped aside as National Director of UnitingCare Australia. “Ms Hatfield Dodds has been preselected as a candidate for the Australian Greens for an ACT Senate seat in the upcoming Federal election.” Mr Bicknell said. “She will be working as Director, Network ...

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Partner Churches battered by cyclones

Last Thursday a state of disaster was declared on the island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands after it was struck by Tropical Cyclone Pat. The cyclone cut power and phone lines on the small resort island and ripped off roofs. Reports indicate in some villages 90 per cent of homes were damaged but there was no loss of life. ...

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ncyc11 brings in the new year

FOR THE first time in the history of the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) the event will begin in December, meaning ncyc11 attendees will welcome 2011 with a special New Year’s Eve celebration. Confirmed speakers for the conference include Gillian Best, speaker and Youth Ministry coordinator for the Irish Methodist Church and Australian Christian comedian and magician, Christopher Wayne. NCYC ...

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Youth mad for faith

OVER 250 high school students and youth leaders from more than 50 Uniting Churches around Queensland celebrated a long weekend of discipleship training and fun at Summer Madness in January. Coordinator Tom Kerr said the biennial event had attendees from St George to Far North Queensland, Toowoomba to Gladstone and was a great success where young people had their faith ...

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