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S.Africa denies Dalai Lama visa over World Cup worries

March 24, 2009 South Africa said Monday the Dalai Lama has been denied a visa to meet here with other Nobel laureates, arguing his visit would overshadow the country’s preparations to host the 2010 World Cup. The Tibetan spiritual leader had planned to come to Johannesburg for a Peace Conference backed by the Nobel Peace Committee and hosted by South ...

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New global Reformed body will bring together 75 million Christians

The Uniting General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches has put up a new website that focuses on the activities that will occur before, during and after the creation of new Reformed Church body that will represent some 75 million Christians around the world. The website – www.reformedchurches.org – will permit churches and interested individuals to access information ...

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Fairtrade clerical ‘dog collars’ now available online

Melbourne personality, Fr Bob Maguire, has joined a group of church leaders who are calling on Australians to buy Easter eggs made with Fairtrade cocoa and shirts, including clerical "dog collar" shirts, made with Fairtrade cotton. By supporting Fairtrade certified cocoa and cotton, consumers can ensure small holder farmers are paid fairly, receive investment to improve the future for their ...

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German theologian urges Catholic Church to reevaluate Luther

An international expert on church unity has urged the Roman Catholic Church to declare officially that its excommunication of Martin Luther no longer applies. Such a statement, "in these ecumenically less exciting times … would be a remarkable step and a sign of hope and encouragement", said the Rev. Günther Gassmann, a German Lutheran theologian, who was director of the ...

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ABC has interfaith dialogue

The ABC religion program, The Spirit of Things, has produced a two-part program on the recent Interfaith Summit attended by key UCA leaders. The Summit was called ‘One Humanity, Many Faiths’, and organised by Griffith University’s Multi-Faith Centre and the Pure Land Learning College. The first part of the program will be broadcast Sunday 22 March 2009, from 6.05-7.00pm on ...

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Vote for Blue Care to become a Queensland icon

Blue Care has been nominated as one of 150 iconic Queenslanders as part of Queensland’s 150th birthday celebrations. They are seeking your help in ensuring that they move into the next round and that this wonderful organisation is named as a Q150 Icon. For more information and to cast your vote click here – Blue Care is the 8th Category ...

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How to ‘green’ your church

This article was first published in Eureka Street. www.eurekastreet.com.au In February this year Alistair Macrae, President Elect of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA), called for ‘real action’ to address the ecological crisis. He decried the ‘disjuncture between public policy and rhetoric’ that is so evident in the Federal Government’s response to climate change. He now faces the same disjuncture ...

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Theological education unites denominations

The affiliation between Trinity Theological College and the Australian Catholic University was formalised in an official ceremony in February. Moderator of the Queensland Synod Rev Bruce Johnson said he felt a mixture of emotions on the day. “The excitement I feel today is tinged with a sadness for the closure of the Brisbane College of Theology,” he said. Mr Johnson ...

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Uniting Church joins the national conversation about human rights

When Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white man on a bus in Alabama she was, by pointedly sitting down, standing up for human rights.  When British suffragettes campaigned for women to be given the vote they were campaigning for human rights.  When Germans hid Jews from the Nazis they risked their lives to protect human rights. ...

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