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National faith leaders meet ABC head on religion

Representatives of National Faith Communities including Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson, the National Council of Churches in Australia, the Australian Catholic Bishop’s Conference, and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry met with the Managing Director of the ABC Mark Scott to discuss religious broadcasts last Friday. They requested the ABC maintain a religious program unit, with appropriate staff, editorial ...

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Tutu to receive spiritual leadership award

Desmond Tutu is to receive an international award recognizing his "vision, understanding and building of bridges". The Nobel Peace laureate and retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town will receive the Spiritual Leadership Award from Humanity’s Team, a global movement "awakening the world to oneness," the group said. Tutu — who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent ...

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Uniting Church says now is not the time to blame

The President of the Uniting Church Rev Gregor Henderson has today expressed total abhorrence towards organisations and individuals claiming that the devastation caused by the Victorian bushfires is the result of a vengeful God. “The horror and grief we are continuing to experience as these fires rage on are the horrendous results of a natural disaster and the possible devastating ...

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Nurse in Britain suspended after praying, allowed back to work

A Christian nurse who was suspended for asking a patient whether she would like to be prayed for at the end of a home treatment session will return to work "as soon as she feels able to do so", a spokesperson for Britain’s National Health Service has said. "NHS North Somerset have contacted Nurse Caroline Petrie with a view to ...

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Vatican says thousands are visiting its YouTube clips

There were more than 750 000 visits to the Vatican’s YouTube channel in its first week of operation after it was launched on 23 January in what was seen as an attempt to link the Roman Catholic Church to modern forms of social networking. "The Google analysts we have consulted think our channel is absolutely aligned with the levels of ...

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Canadian church says two can play ad game about God

Following the popularity of a bus advertising campaign in Britain saying God "probably" does not exist, a Canadian group is planning a similar campaign on Toronto’s buses. One Christian denomination is, however, responding by using the advertisements as an invitation to a dialogue about the existence of God. The Freethought Association of Canada – a group that embraces various secular ...

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Blue Care’s “Blue Blazers” win Regatta

Blue Care’s ‘Blue Blazers’ clinched victory within a matter of seconds at the annual Dragon Boat Regatta at Southbank on Saturday (January 31). To mark the year of the ox, Blue Care joined other organisations throughout Brisbane to compete in the Chinese New Year tradition. Blue Care Sandgate Community Care Service Manager Lyndell Turton said it was the team’s endurance ...

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Think beyond economics, Uniting Church President tells parliamentarians

Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson has asked federal parliamentarians to broaden Australia’s fundamental national goals beyond that of economic growth. Preaching at a service to mark opening of Parliament this morning Mr Henderson said economic growth should never be an end in itself. “It is but one part of what leads to human happiness – other components are the ...

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British nurse faces dismissal after offering to pray with patient

Caroline Petrie, a committed Christian since she was 10, is facing dismissal as a nurse in the Weston-super-Mare, 142 miles (225 kilometres) west of London, after being suspended for offering to pray for an elderly patient suffering from leg injuries. "We have had two separate concerns reported from a carer and a patient about her actions," Richard Forshaw, head of ...

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Poll shows U.S. Protestants ‘more loyal’ to toothpaste than church

Protestants in the United States have less "brand loyalty" to their denominations than they have to their toothpaste or bathroom tissue, a survey has revealed. The survey categorised churches as "brands" and that was released earlier in January, indicated that there is a trend of "church shopping" in a diverse marketplace of religious offerings in the United States. Conducted by ...

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