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‘Smarties’ get a helping hand at Wesley Mission Brisbane

When twins Kate and Jess Stewart first came to Wesley Mission Brisbane at age 14, both were suffering extreme anxiety and as a result were unable to speak. Today the girls are confident public speakers, have control of their anxiety and are looking forward to commencing a Bachelor of Psychology at University. During high school, severe bullying had pushed the ...

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Half of Church of England clergy ‘will be women’ by 2018

A member of the (Anglican) Church of England’s general synod who supports a greater female role in the church has predicted that within 10 years half of all full-time clergy will be women, but says moves to consecrate female bishops is not keeping pace. The prognosis came from U.S-born Christina Rees, a writer, broadcaster and public speaker and chairperson of ...

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Lifeline Fiji needs a lifeline

Lifeline Fiji is down and almost out. So Lifeline Queensland is trying to raise $100,000 to give them a hand. Richard Johnson from Lifeline Coral Coast, based at Bundaberg, has been to Fiji to provide local people with training and support. His needs assessment says the biggest issue is youth suicide, and he cites ANU research suggesting the youth suicide ...

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Celebrities, theologians and activists challenge Obama

Celebrities, theologians and activists, including Bono, Brian McLaren and Shane Claiborne have written to President-elect Obama challenging him on a range of issues to address in his presidency. The open letters have been organised by Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States connecting faith and justice. The letters were solicited on the one week anniversary of ...

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Manga Bible series goes global

A Bible series in "manga", Japanese-style comic strips, has been used internationally to share the biblical story in recent years. Now, a distributor of its Japanese edition says it wishes to offer a series of the comics to Japan’s prime minister, Taro Aso, a Roman Catholic who loves manga. Next Inc. says on it is Web site www.nextmanga.com it is ...

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Smuggling Bibles into China places Chinese Christians at risk and is unnecessary

“Smuggling Bibles into China places Chinese Christians at risk and now with the new Amity Press operational in Nanjing, smuggling is a waste of resources,” said Bible Society NSW CEO, Daniel Willis. Speaking at the launch of the Society’s appeal for funds to support the Amity Press and help solve the problems of Bible distribution in the country, Daniel said ...

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It’s more than Just Christmas

Education Coordinator for Moreton Rivers Presbytery Aaron Ghiloni is keen to help Uniting Church members to develop an adult appreciation of Christmas. Mr Ghiloni has produced a series of three studies designed to help people understand and experience the themes of justice and joy that feature in the Christmas story. "Christmas can be such a clichéd time," Mr Ghiloni said. ...

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Christians fear Indonesian Anti-Pornography Bill

Uniting International Mission Executive Secretary (Asia) Rev John Barr has expressed concern that the adoption of an Anti-Pornography Bill by Indonesian legislators highlights fears about a move in Indonesia from a secular, pluralist state to an Islamic state with the widespread implementation of Syariah law. In October, the Indonesian parliament passed a controversial anti-pornography law which defined pornography as “pictures, ...

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Uniting Church urges green agenda

The Uniting Church has continued its involvement in the climate change and emissions trading debates with a submission to the Australian Government’s consultation process on its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper. The Green Paper discusses the Government’s preferred position on a range of issues relating to a national emissions trading scheme, known as the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. The ...

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