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Remembering SARS, H. Kong Christians pray for swine flu victims

Hong Kong, 30 April (ENI) Christians in Hong Kong, who experienced the deadly SARS epidemic that killed nearly 300 people in 2003, are showing their empathy with the swine flu victims in the Americas, by praying for them. Mexican missionary priest, the Rev. Gabriel Altamirano Ortega, has urged Christians in Hong Kong to pray for those infected with swine flu, ...

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Moreton Bay College tops QLD OPs

The full list of 2008 OP figures, released by the Queensland Studies Authority today, shows private girls’ school Moreton Bay College tops the state for academic achievement in schools that have more than 50 OP-eligible students. The bayside school had 97 per cent of eligible students achieve an OP 15 or better. All Hallows’ School in inner Brisbane followed closely behind ...

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New Wesley House good for environment

THE NEW Wesley House building in the centre of Brisbane City has been awarded a Five Star Green Star rating for “Australian Excellence” by the Green Building Council of Australia. The boutique nine-storey building, officially opened in March, was recognised for its leading edge environmental advances implemented by Fulton Trotter Architects, Brisbane and Architectus Sydney, and Matrix Constructions, Brisbane. The ...

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Quaker scholar to lecture Assembly

THE 12TH Assembly Cato Lecturer has been announced as Los Angeles-based Biblical theologian, author, and Quaker Dr Daniel Smith-Christopher. The purpose of the Cato lecture is to present an international theologian who will inspire the Uniting Church Assembly body with a new perspective. President-elect Rev Alistair Macrae is excited about hearing Dr Smith-Christopher again. The first time Mr Macrae heard ...

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Tutu launches Solomon Islands truth and reconciliation body

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has flown to the Solomon Islands to launch a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, modelled on the body he chaired in South Africa to tackle crimes and injustices under the former the apartheid regime. The Solomon Islands dissolved into chaos and violence from 1997 to 2003, chiefly as a result of conflict between gangs from the islands ...

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Britons debate who should pay for hospital chaplains

ENI-09-0337 Canterbury, England, 29 April (ENI)–Britain’s privately-funded National Secular Society has called on the government to end public support for hospital chaplains. The organization has sent a report to Britain’s Health Minister, Alan Johnson, calling on him to review hospital chaplaincy services with a view to ending taxpayer funding for them. "People are shocked to learn from us that chaplaincy ...

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Truth and reconciliation for Solomon Islands

A leading Australian theologian and a South African bishop famous for his anti-apartheid advocacy will travel to the Solomon Islands on Tuesday 28 April to jointly speak about truth and reconciliation processes for the troubled Pacific nation. Reverend Professor James Haire, AM, who is Professor of Theology at CSU, Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (http://www.csu.edu.au/special/accc/), ...

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Education unites two churches

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 remembered the ...

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Exploring Care Frontiers

Frontier Services held the biennial conference, in Brisbane in March  for their Children’s Services Staff. Children’s Services Staff comprise of Remote Area Families Service (RAFS), Remote Family Care Service (RFCS) and In Home Care Service (IHC). Staff travelled from coordination units in  Mt Isa, Mareeba, Charleville, Emerald, Longreach, as well as Hughenden and Cairns and Perth.  RFCS carers came from ...

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Get set for Easterfest

THIS EASTER, Toowoomba will once again open its doors to huge crowds of Christians when Easterfest swings into action. Big-name bands and speakers plus children’s rides, bargain bazaars, and food stalls are set to invade Queen’s Park from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. In 2009, popular 2008 bands such as ‘s NewWorldSon are returning, while new headline acts such as ...

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