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Many injured can’t be reached says Gaza hospital director

Civilians injured by bombings in Gaza are stuck in their homes without food and water, unable to seek medical attention, says the director of an Anglican hospital in Gaza City. Nurses working at the hospital are unable to reach their own injured children at home. The Al Ahli Arab Hospital has treated more than 100 patients since the onset of ...

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Israeli aide says Norwegian church Gaza statement ‘one-sided’

The general secretary of the (Lutheran) Church of Norway’s council on foreign and ecumenical relations, the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, says he was summoned to the Israeli embassy in Oslo after criticising Israel’s use of military force in Gaza. In a 30 December letter to Israel’s ambassador in Norway, Fykse Tveit and Bishop Olav Skjevesland, the church’s presiding bishop, had ...

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German Protestants in Luther’s heartland form united church

Two regional German Protestant churches situated among many of the historic sites associated with the 16th-century reformer Martin Luther have merged to form the Evangelical Church in Central Germany. The move unites the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Thuringia and the Evangelical Church of the Church Province of Saxony. "The witness of the Church will gain in appeal if we do ...

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Uniting Church President: Palestinian lives are important

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Reverend Gregor Henderson, has today expressed dismay about the attitude of the Australian Government towards the loss of life in Gaza. “Our acting Prime Minister readily and rightly condemns the actions of Hamas in firing rockets into Israel, which have killed some 20 Israelis in recent times,” Rev. Henderson said. “However, Julia ...

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‘So help me God’ opponents seek to change U.S. swearing in

Supporters of a strict interpretation of the separation of Church and State in the United States have filed a lawsuit seeking an end of the use of the term "so help me God" during President-elect Barack Obama’s 20 January inaugural ceremony. The lawsuit, initiated by groups of U.S. atheists and humanists, also wants an end to the practice of prayer ...

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Obama defends choice of Rick Warren for inauguration

U.S. president-elect Barack Obama has defended his selection of evangelical leader and best-selling author Rick Warren to deliver the prayer at his 20 January inauguration, a move criticised by some gay groups and supporters of abortion rights, saying Warren opposes what they stand for. "I am a fierce advocate of equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It is something that ...

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Give a gift of love this Christmas through Everything in Common

With just days until Christmas, Uniting International Mission’s gifts of love catalogue Everything in Common has provided numerous Christmas gift options with Uniting Church partners in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Gift areas cover projects connected to Church Partnerships, Uniting Church Overseas Aid, People in Mission and Young Ambassadors for Peace. Uniting International Mission National Director, Rev Dr Kerry Enright, ...

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Government refuses to face the heat

UnitingJustice Australia has today criticised as “woefully inadequate” the Australian Government’s target for a 5-15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. “The Australian Government has failed to put forward a credible target for greenhouse gas reduction by 2020,” said Rev Elenie Poulos, UnitingJustice National Director. “The Government’s refusal to face the heat of climate change is bitterly disappointing,” she ...

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Bishops say global downturn ‘opportunity’ for greener economy

The global financial crisis and economic recession represent an "historic opportunity" to bring about a low carbon economy to combat climate change, three European church heads have said in a joint letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country currently holds the European Union presidency. "The challenge of resuscitating economic growth cannot be treated in isolation from the challenges of ...

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Financial crisis due to free-for-all market, says Africa church head

The global financial crisis accompanied by one of the worst economic recessions in recent times is due to the doctrine of private capital summed up by the idea of economic growth propelled by unregulated markets, the outgoing General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, the Rev. Mvume Dandala has said. "Even the rich and the most powerful countries ...

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