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Rev Kobia urges the “courage to hope”

Rev Dr Samuel Kobia sounded notes of hope as he delivered his final address as general secretary to the World Council of Churches central committee on 26 August. “I hope it is unnecessary to emphasize that the ‘courage to hope’ has been a central theme of my personal ecumenical journey,” Dr Kobia said. “Holding together cross and resurrection, the sinful ...

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Fiji Methodists double-crossed by interim government

Tears were shed in Fiji and Australia after Commodore Frank Bainimarama revoked the promised permit for the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma to hold its annual choir competition on a district level. The permit was the Military Government’s part of a compromise agreement where the Methodist leadership agreed to cancel their annual conference and national choir competition if the ...

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Fiji Methodist Leaders Face Court Tomorrow

In an unprecedented attack on religious freedom in Fiji the Methodist President Rev Ame Tugaue and General Secretary Rev Tuikilakila Waqairatu will be back in court tomorrow (Thursday 13 August) charged with breaching the Public Emergency Regulations imposed by the Military Government. The charges arose after the Methodist Church Standing Committee refused to prohibit two of its ministers from attending ...

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People turn to religious books in downturn, say HK fair organizers

Hong Kong, 5 August (ENI) People are turning to spirituality during the credit crunch, say organizers of a recent Honk Kong book fair, where books on religion were among the most popular. "Books on religion and philosophy ranked number four on the visitors’ buying list," Christine Kwok, who managed a visitor survey at the book fair, told journalists at the ...

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UnitingCare Australia National Director speaks at Intergovernmental Relations

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, presented a speech this week to a national conference on Intergovernmental Relations. Lin was asked to bring a community perspective to best practice policy development. Most of the conference’s participants were senior public servants from federal and state governments, and this event proved to be a very worthwhile opportunity to reflect on our ...

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Hymns become latest revolt trigger in Fiji

Charles Wesley, the great Methodist hymn writer, may have penned his famous words "O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer praise" almost 270 years ago, but it seems just singing these words today in strife-torn Fiji could destabilise a whole government. The military government of interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has agitated the normally harmonious voice ...

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Response to Questions over God’s place in the Dreaming

It is clear from a number of inaccuracies in Christopher Pearson’s piece ‘Questions over God’s place in the Dreaming’ (The Weekend Australian July 25) that he was not present at the meeting of the Uniting Church 12th Assembly last week. The Assembly considered a recommendation from a special Task Group to include a new Preamble to the Uniting Church Constitution, ...

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H1N1 virus puts brake on religious activities for Christians, Muslims

Fears about the spread of the H1N1 virus, once known as swine flu, are curtailing religious activities of both Christians and Muslims as they worship and express their faith, especially in Britain. Health authorities believe that the H1N1 flu pandemic is having a greater impact on Britain than on other countries in Europe, with 31 deaths from the sickness reported ...

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Uniting Church supports Fijian Methodist leaders taken by army

The Uniting Church in Australia has today offered its prayerful support for the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, the day after four Methodist Church leaders were detained at the Army Camp. The Uniting Church received word overnight that the Methodist Church’s General Secretary, Accountant, and two Past Presidents were all being held at the Army Camp for interrogation. The ...

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Andrew Dutney elected Uniting Church’s next President

The 12th triennial Assembly of the Uniting Church has elected the Rev. Dr Andrew Dutney as its next President. Dr Dutney is Principal of the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology in Adelaide and Associate Professor in the School of Theology at Flinders University. He will take office in 2012 and succeed the newly-installed President the Rev. Alistair Macrae. After ...

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