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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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Ben’s pledge leads to inspiring tale

Mt Gravatt resident Ben Dolle has experienced first hand the important and vital role volunteers play in today’s society after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. “I needed to get to radiation appointments and my wife didn’t drive,” Mr Dolle said. “We had absolutely know idea how I was going to get there and then someone suggested we call ...

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Detention report falls short of Government’s own standards

THE UNITING Church has today expressed its disappointment with some of the recommendations handed down from the recent parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention in Australia. “The Uniting Church has been advocating for many years for policy which upholds the human rights of asylum seekers and treats these already traumatised people with care, dignity and respect,” said Rev Elenie Poulos, National Director ...

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Church condemns violence in Mumbai and appeals for prayer

The Uniting Church Partner, the Church of North India, has strongly condemned violent attacks in the city of Mumbai and appealed to the churches and religious communities to pray for peace and reconciliation. Mumbai is the commercial and business capital of India and one of the world’s largest cities with an estimated population of more than 18 million people. In the ...

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Canadians uplift and upload with ‘Amazing Grace’

Thousands of voices, including choirs, congregations, chaplains and soldiers, are to be blended together in one giant, online hymn sing to help support the Anglican church’s ministry in Canada’s remote north. The Amazing Grace project asked Canadian Anglicans to video themselves singing the iconic 18th-century hymn, and to forward the recordings to the church’s national office in Toronto. Here, the ...

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John Lennon approval from Vatican paper triggers blog reactions

When the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano wrote about a statement by Beatle John Lennon that enraged many people in 1966, it unleashed a flurry of reaction in Britain and elsewhere. Lennon had said his group, The Beatles, were "more popular than Jesus", and following what some papers reported as "forgiveness" from the Vatican for Lennon’s pronouncements more than four decades ...

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European bishops demand changes to global financial order

A commission representing Roman Catholic bishops from the European Union has called for a re-examination of values and lifestyles following the recent breakdown of the world’s economic and financial systems. "The financial crisis has exposed a deeper spiritual crisis and a misguided set of values. The sense and value of human work has been pushed to the background in the ...

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Kenyan churches want post-poll violence report implemented

Kenyan church leaders have demanded the recommendations of an official report into post-election violence, which nearly tore apart the East African country at the beginning of 2008, be implemented and that instigators be brought to book. "The time has come for people to accept their mistakes. We should not continue to sweep our problems under the carpet," Roman Catholic Cardinal ...

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Living Water, Thirsty Land – Photo Call

Do you have a keen eye and a passion for photography? As part of the Assembly meeting in 2009, you are invited to explore the theme – Living Water, Thirsty Land – through photographic images. You are invited to submit digital photographs that you, your friends or your congregation have taken, for use before, during and after the Assembly meeting. ...

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Fierce storm tears through The Gap

Members of The Gap Uniting Church are still struggling to come to terms with being at the centre of one of the worst storms ever to hit Brisbane. On 16 November water forced its way through the roof of the new church building causing extensive damage to the church and destroying the kitchen ceiling and floor. The Church’s original hall, ...

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