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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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Crisis escalates for Christians in Iraq

Violence and persecution against minority groups in Iraq continues, including communities of Christians which have been in existence for over 1500 years, said the Executive of the National Council of Churches in Australia at its meeting this week. The NCCA released a statement calling attention to the crisis. Prior to 2003, 4% of Iraq’s population was Christian. Yet 40% of ...

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Church of England faces investment gloom

The Church of England is expected to be praying for a big interest rate cut this morning from the Bank of England, as it faces further gloom over its investments. The Church Commissioners had £13m invested in Man Group at the end of last year, the largest listed hedge fund manager. However, this morning the company was down 30% in ...

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Kenyan church leaders say Obama win is good for Africa

Kenyan church leaders have hailed the election of Senator Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America, saying it is a positive turn for Africa that can help steer good governance on the continent. "I want congratulate Obama. I think his winning will bring hope and healing to the whole world," said Anglican Bishop Joseph Wasonga. ...

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Polish theologian apologises after church ultimatum about article

A Polish theologian has apologised to his superiors after criticising aspects of Roman Catholic teaching in a newspaper article. "The misunderstandings were caused in part by the clumsiness of my formulations," said Piotr Sikora, a lay lecturer at Krakow’s Papal Theology Academy. Sikora’s comments were made in a statement published on the academy’s Web site. This followed an open letter ...

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UK Culture Secretary wants to see redundant churches fit for purpose

The UK government’s Culture Secretary, Andy Burnham, has suggested that church buildings not viable for small congregations could be turned into gyms, restaurants and multi-faith centres for local communities. As the historic denominations struggle with numbers, and as newer churches, other faiths and alternative spiritualities show signs of growth, so Britain’s complex and mutating mix of beliefs – which also ...

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US poll shows Obama lead does not hinge on white churchgoers

On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Democrat Party candidate Barack Obama appears to have made little inroads with white voters who regularly attend church, according to one survey. A Gallup Poll showed that Obama – a member of the United Church of Christ who has actively courted white evangelical voters – is backed by just under a third ...

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Wesley House Construction

Construction is moving along quickly at Wesley House in the Brisbane CBD as the Albert Street Uniting Church looks forward to using the modern building from February 2009. Wesley House is currently being built next to the Albert Street Uniting Church on Ann Street in Brisbane. The original Wesley House was built in 1940 to facilitate the activities of the ...

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Archbishop Marx follows namesake with book called ‘Kapital’

More than 140 years after Das Kapital (Capital) was first published by the Karl Marx, the father of modern communism, his namesake, Roman Catholic Archbishop Reinhard Marx, has written a book with the same title. "Capitalism without an ethic and a legal framework is inhumane," said Archbishop Marx, who is no relation to his 19th century predecessor, in an interview ...

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