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Election to decide if Britain to have first female Anglican bishop

Britain might soon have its first female Anglican bishop, serving the 38 000-member Scottish Episcopal Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Rev. Alison Peden, aged 57, is one of three candidates for the post of bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. The election is scheduled for 16 January. Observers say that if Peden is elected it is likely to ...

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Act for Peace’s Church partners respond to Haiti earthquake

Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia,  is responding to the catastrophic earthquake that has crippled Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. More than 100,000 people are feared dead and many more are left homeless. Act for Peace’s church partners on the ground described the situation as “very chaotic” and ...

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Canada rejects Jordan’s request to seize Dead Sea Scrolls

Jordan has complained to a United Nations agency after Canada refused to seize the Dead Sea Scrolls, which had been on display in an Ontario museum on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority. Jordan says the ancient manuscripts were stolen from a museum in East Jerusalem, which Israel seized from Jordan during the Six-Day War of 1967. Some of the ...

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Church must bring hope to world’s divisions, says new WCC leader

The global ecumenical movement must bring the hope of peace and justice to a suffering and divided world, says the new general secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit. "As we enter into the second decade of the 21st century, the world continues to face many crises … financial crisis, climate crisis, a food crisis, ...

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Week of prayer for Christian Unity

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010, Christians throughout the world will be listening together to the promise and commission that are part of Christ’s final words before his ascension: "You are witnesses of these things." Traditionally celebrated between 18 and 25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere), the Week of Prayer ...

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Tributes to religion journalist who could ‘shoot from the hip’

 Frances S. Smith, a former editor of the Ecumenical Press Service – the predecessor of Ecumenical News International – has died at her home in Claremont, California, aged 87. "Frances was one of the most respected of church journalists for her accuracy and her objectivity," said journalist Betty Thompson in a tribute quoted by the United Methodist News Service, where ...

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Pioneering feminist theologian Mary Daly dies at 81

Mary Daly, a self-described post-Christian, radical feminist theologian known for pioneering women’s studies and battling administrators at Boston College, has died aged 81. Daly’s death on 3 January was announced by Mary E. Hunt, director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, in the Journal of Feminist Studies of Religion. Hunt said that Daly had "been in poor ...

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Accommodation found for people staying at the Good Samaritan Ministry Centre

The Moderator of the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, Rev Bruce Johnson and the management of the Good Samaritan Ministry Centre have thanked those involved in re-accommodating people temporarily staying at the Good Samaritan site in Cairns. “We are pleased that all who have been staying at the Good Samaritan site have been found alternative accommodation,” Rev Johnson said. ...

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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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