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Vandals launch satanic attacks on Mackay Uniting Church

The Uniting Church in West Mackay was forced to move a nativity scene after it was daubed with satanic graffiti. West Mackay minister Pastor Euan McDonald said the number 666 was spray painted on a statute of the Virgin Mary and a wall was also vandalised. Last weekend statues were stolen and dumped at a nearby caravan park. "It’s discouraging ...

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Uniting Church President – Where is God?

Where is God? In light of the many human rights abuses occurring in the world, this is an entirely reasonable and fair question according to the President of the Uniting Church in Australia (UCA). Where is God for those being raped and tortured in the Congo? Where is God for those in the Philippines facing military and government intimidation to ...

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Uniting International Mission says human rights is a universal issue

On the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Uniting International Mission expressed concern for Uniting Church international partners still deprived of fundamental rights. National Director of Uniting International Mission and Uniting Church Overseas Aid Rev Dr Kerry Enright has affirmed the gains made globally in human rights but said he remains concerned about the continued human rights ...

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Lifeline financial counsellors praise landmark funding decision

Lifeline Community Care Queensland welcomes Treasurer Andrew Fraser’s mini-Budget announcement to commit $3 million over two years to fund generalist financial counselling services in Queensland. Lifeline Community Care Queensland Executive Director Trevor Carlyon said tomorrow’s landmark decision would give significantly more Queenslanders the opportunity to access financial information, strategies and options suitable to their particular needs. “Meeting the demand for ...

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Canterbury Cathedral needs tens of millions to halt destruction

It gained global fame in English literary masterpieces such as the 14th century plays of Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales", and the 20th century play by T.S. Eliot, "Murder in the Cathedral". The ravages of time and neglect have left Canterbury Cathedral, a World Heritage Site and one of the world’s best known Anglican church buildings, as an endangered structure. ...

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Nigeria ‘vulnerable’ to religious violence ‘unless government acts’

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has called for immediate intervention by the Nigerian government after the deaths of hundreds of people in religious and ethnic violence in the West African nation. "Without a swift, firm government declaration to demand an end to such violence and actions to investigate and implement preventive measures to head off such unrest ...

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Rival Anglican denomination announced for North America

Episcopalians in North America unhappy with what they say is the "liberal turn" of the U.S. branch of Anglicanism have announced they are forming an alternative denomination, or province. The 3 December announcement of the formation of what its proponents are calling an "emerging Anglican Church in North America" is among the most dramatic developments in a recent history of ...

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Zimbabwe heeds church cholera call; Tutu talks tough on Mugabe

The Zimbabwean government has declared a cholera outbreak which has claimed at least 500 lives so far across the country as a national emergency, as churches continue to plead for action and humanitarian assistance to deal with the epidemic. "The emergency appeal will help reduce morbidity and mortality," health minister David Parirenyatwa told journalists on 3 December. "Our central hospitals ...

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Church leader wants Christians to celebrate Easter on same day

Lebanon-based Armenian Orthodox leader Aram I has at a Vatican meeting with Pope Benedict XVI proposed that the world’s churches set a common date for Easter, when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. "There are no special doctrinal problems to achieve this goal, but only problems of the calendar," Aram, who heads the Catholicosate of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic ...

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Lifeline volunteers in Queensland give 1.4 million hours per year

Lifeline Community Care Queensland’s 5000 volunteers give 1.4 million hours per year of their time, highlighting the extraordinary giving spirit Queenslanders have for supporting those in need in their community. For 20-year Lifeline volunteer Jo Plant, giving back to the community she has lived in for over 40 years is its own reward. Jo moved to Inala in 1962, and ...

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