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Great British public’s top toilet habit is reading

Great Britain’s top toilet habit is reading, with more than 14 million people choosing to look at books, magazines and newspapers to pass the time while they are on the porcelain throne, according to a survey published to mark World Toilet Day today. The research, commissioned by aid agency Tearfund, reveals that more than eight million people talk while they ...

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World Protestant grouping demands reform of global economy

A global Protestant grouping representing 75 million Christians says a new global economic order that puts people first is urgently needed to help the poor, following a meeting of the G20 nations about the worldwide financial turmoil. "When crisis strikes, whether it is an economic meltdown or a natural disaster, it is the poor and the dis-empowered whose live are ...

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Breakaway US Episcopal bishop says church has ‘veered’ too far

When the Texas diocese of Forth Worth broke away from the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church, its bishop said his church was "taking a stand for the historic faith and practice of the Bible" and against the "continuing erosion of that faith". Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, also referred to the Bible in response to the ...

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Geneva exhibition shows Calvin approved of laughter and wine

The 16th-century Reformation figure Jean Calvin is often portrayed as a stern Protestant but an exhibition in Geneva of selected passages from his writings shows a dimension of the reformer that many people do not know. The exhibition features Calvin texts displayed as 13 calligraphy drawings created by artist Bridget Dommen of Geneva. One of the texts reads, "It is ...

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One in four children bullied because of religion

UK research indicates one in four young people from across all religions are being bullied because of their religious beliefs. That is finding of a report by Beatbullying, the UK’s leading bullying prevention charity, published today. The findings will contribute to concerns that faith schools are fuelling serration on the basis of faith. The report also addressed the bullying of ...

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Unity College links with Tonga

Unity College has made another step forward in ecumenical relations with the establishment of a cultural exchange programme with a school of the Free Wesley Church of Tonga. Eight Year 10 students responded to the challenge to experience a very different culture first hand and travelled with teachers Carmel O’Brien and Karen Harrison plus Caloundra Uniting Church member Wilma Hewitt ...

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God still uses carpenters to Build the Future

Where does a parent, school principal, police officer turn when a fourteen year old boy is on the edge of self harm, being expelled or generally going off the rails? The expert jargon says ‘at risk’ boys need to ‘reconnect’. Roy Devine is more into actions than jargon and for nine years he’s headed up Scripture Union’s Connect programme, taking ...

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The Imam and the Pastor are still mediating peace

“Peacebuilding is like giving a dangerous animal food to eat at the risk of your life,” said Nigerian Pastor James Wuye. He and Imam Muhammad Ashafa have been on a long journey over the last decade from being warring enemies to struggling to come to terms with their religion’s call to forgive and make peace. In recent decades tens of ...

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Kids picture the future

Ten years from now… Caleb Patch of Year seven believes graffiti art and skating will become a more popular and accepted culture. Flynn Winterton of Prep pictured himself flying a kite. And Chris Beasley, Year nine, sees the destruction of our natural environment as a major issue. These were some of the many thought provoking ideas that emerged from the ...

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Uniting Church coaches world Churches on unity

The Uniting Church presented a paper on ‘Unity and Mission’ at the World Council of Churches Uniting and United Churches Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, October 29-Nov 4. Twenty churches from 25 countries met at the 8th consultation of United and Uniting Churches held every seven years. Conversation centred on the South African struggle to merge former Apartheid separated churches. ...

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