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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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Christians hit cyber road for virtual Lent pilgrimage

The online journey begins today organised by the UK-based international development agency Christian Aid. During Lent, Christians and others and being invited to take part in a virtual Israel-Palestine pilgrimage which transports travellers from their email inbox to the lands made familiar through both the Bible and contemporary – sometimes tragic -headlines. It has been backed by church leaders from ...

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‘Carbon fast’ urged during Lent

The UK Energy and Climate Change Minister, Ed Miliband MP, and senior Church of England’s Bishops are urging people to cut down on carbon rather than give up chocolate this Lent. Ed Miliband MP, The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the Bishop of Liverpool and Vice President of Tearfund Rt Rev James Jones and the Bishop of ...

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Uniting Church uses interfaith engagement tour to strengthen relationship between Islam and Christianity

Fourteen Muslim and Christian delegates from Indonesia to participate in “Uniting through Faith” tour in Australia For the first time, the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania will host a Uniting through Faith Interfaith Engagement Tour with Christian and Muslim people from Indonesia. To commence on February 26, the twenty-two day tour will allow for Indonesian and ...

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Australian religious leaders pledge interfaith response to fires

Melbourne, Australia, 23 FebruaryEcumenical News International Australian religious leaders have made a commitment to a unified response to the devastating bushfires that have seared across southeast Australia, particularly the state of Victoria. "From within our various faith traditions standing together here today, we too offer… a commitment to work together for the common good despite our differences," the religious leaders ...

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Multicultural church meets in Queensland

IT IS TIME for the Uniting Church in Australia to recommit to the vision of actually being a multicultural church and what might be life-giving and reassuring about that for Australian society, said Uniting Church National Director of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry Rev Dr Tony Floyd. “In 1985 the Uniting Church proclaimed itself a multicultural church and in doing so ...

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Tutu urges Obama to apologise over Iraq invasion

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged new US President Barack Obama to signal a real change of heart on Middle East policy by apologizing for the Iraq war. Archbishop Tutu, aged 77, who is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, said late last week that Mr Obama risked squandering goodwill from around the ...

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Dandala nominated to head breakaway South African party

The former general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, the Rev Mvume Dandala, has been nominated as the presidential candidate of a breakaway faction of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress in the country’s 22 April elections. Professor Russel Botman, the rector of Stellenbosch University and the former president of the South African Council of Churches, pipped the ...

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Lifeline supports Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal

Lifeline Community Care Queensland is supporting the Victorian Bushfire Relief Appeal by donating profits from a day’s trading from all its 155 Lifeline Shops across Queensland. On Friday February 27 all Queenslanders who purchase goods from their local Lifeline Shop will be doing it in the knowledge that all the day’s profits will go directly to the Bushfire Appeal. Lifeline ...

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