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UCA Says: Nuclear weapons are an obscenity

Uniting Church in Australia President, Reverend Gregor Henderson, has on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Peace, this Sunday 21st September, called on Australians to believe in peace. He also spoke about the need for all people to work together to bring peace to the world, especially to end the threat of nuclear weapons. The World Council ...

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Indian Christians suffer simultaneous attacks on churches

ENI-08-0736 Bangalore, India, 15 September (ENI) Churches in India have deplored a series of attacks on Christian places of worship in the southern state of Karnataka, and have called for measures to protect minorities in the world’s second most populous nation. "We demand an immediate stop of the eruption of violence in different parts of the nation in the name ...

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Noah’s rainbow worries some Tuvalu church leaders

ENI-08-0720 Funafuti, Tuvalu, 8 September (ENI) Some residents of one of the world’s smallest nations fear that what they call a strange "flood theology" – imported from U.S. fundamentalist Christians – could help sink Tuvalu. Located in the South Pacific, Tuvalu is on the frontline of the climate change debate as recent scientific research shows that all nine islands that ...

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Carter was ‘sidelined’ by U.S. Democrats ‘for Middle East views’

Denver, Colorado, 2 SeptemberEcumenical News International Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter was sidelined during the recent Democratic National Convention because he has angered U.S. Jewish leaders for his views on the Middle East, according to a report in a Jewish newspaper. The Forward, a New York-based daily newspaper, reported on 28 August that senior Democratic Party members said the party ...

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Distance education beyond Coolamon

THE NATIONAL Assembly and the Synod of South Australia are poised to merge the distance theological education resources of Coolamon College with those of Parkin-Wesley Theological College. The move comes in response to the recognition that for some years the Assembly has not been able to fund Coolamon College to the level required to achieve the demands placed upon it. ...

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Budget pain to be shared across Synod

THE COUNCIL of Synod meeting on 16 August approved a framework for the 2009 Mission and Service Fund Budget in line with the new, lower, level of income available to the Synod. The challenge of trying to achieve the targeted 20% reduction (approximately $2 million) in expenditure for that budget proved to be extremely difficult. Over the past three months, ...

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India churches denounce Hindu leader’s killing, but fear reprisals

Bangalore, India 26 August (ENI) Christian groups in India have condemned the killing of a prominent Hindu leader, and called on government security forces to protect them from reprisal attacks in eastern Orissa state, where inter-communal violence has flared in recent times. Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, the most senior leader of an extreme Hindu nationalist group in Orissa, was shot and ...

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First Adventist woman commissioned to serve as US Navy chaplain

ENI-08-0643 Berrien Springs, Michigan, 11 August (ENI) Adrienne Townsend has been officially sworn in as the first Seventh-day Adventist woman to serve as an active duty chaplain in the United States Navy, 35 years after the first female became a chaplain in the U.S. forces. Lieutenant Junior Grade Townsend said her four years as associate dean of women at Adventist-owned ...

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Rank the top ten hymns competition

THANKS TO all those who entered the Top Ten Hymns competition. This competition is now closed. For your interest, here are hymns in order starting with the most popular hymn. How great thou art Dear Lord and Father of mankind – Tune: Repton The day thou gavest – Tune: St. Clement Be thou my vision – Tune: Slane Love divine, ...

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Blue Care sets the benchmark for wages

Blue Care announced on 4 August 2008 it will raise wages for nursing staff by 18 per cent over the next three years. The increase is part of the latest Blue Care Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) covering Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses and Assistant Nurses, and has been a welcomed by the QNU. Blue Care and the ...

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