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Doulos’ final Aussie tour

THE WORLD’S largest and oldest floating bookshop will be docking in Brisbane once more this August before resting her sea legs for good. The MV Doulos is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Oldest Ocean-Going Passenger Ship” still active. Run by OM Australia, Doulos carries more than 6000 different books and has a staff of ...

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Africans will be new missionaries to West says American

Anglican ENI-08-0600 Canterbury, England, 28 July (ENI) An American Anglican activist has predicted that African missionaries will replant the seeds of the Christian gospel in countries such as the United States and Britain within a generation. "Vitality ebbs and flows," said the Rev Todd Wetzel, executive director of Dallas-based Anglicans United, a group that operates in the US Episcopal (Anglican) ...

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Refugee camp in Brisbane

FOR FIVE days late this month, Brisbane will become a refugee camp. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Australia is launching the first Australian tour of Refugee Camp in Your City, an outdoor, interactive event that re-creates a refugee camp and its facilities where Australians cannot avoid its impact. Open to the public and fully interpreted by Australian returned field workers, the ...

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International Debt and Rising Global Food Prices

In 1998, 70,000 people formed a human chain around the International G8 Conference in the UK to call for cancellation of the debt crippling poor countries. Jubilee Australia works with the global Jubilee movement to resolve the international debt crisis. Ten years on, the National Co-ordinator, Ms Adele Webb, points out that in this era of rising global food prices, ...

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What do WYD and ASUC have in common?

The answer is energy, enthusiasm, excitement, expressions of joy, ecumenism. The electric atmosphere was contagious as approximately one thousand mostly Catholic young adults crammed into the Albert Street Uniting Church on Saturday morning, 12th July for the Brisbane Days in the Diocese Prayer Time.  It was one of five ecumenical church venues in the World Youth Day Heart of the ...

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Drivers Rally to Frontier Services

In a unique new venture for our organisation, Frontier Services has been invited to be charity sponsor of the Red Centre to Gold Coast car rally in September.We will also use the opportunity of the rally to stage a number of community events in towns and cities along the route to raise awareness of Frontier Services.The Red Centre to Gold ...

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The Cosmic Dimensions of What We Do

 For the first time ever on Sunday, 31st August, Queensland Churches Together (QCT) will be joining with the Greek Orthodox Church of St George in South Brisbane to host a service to commemorate the Orthodox Day of Prayer for the Protection of the Environment. The public service will be held at 6:00pm in the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, ...

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Passage of Bill to protect charitable sector employees

Legislation was passed through Parliament on 26 June 2008 that will protect charitable sector employees from the former Government’s Child Support Reforms of 2006, which had major unintended consequences for the community sector, threatening the future of salary sacrificing. The Government moved urgent amendments to the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and other Legislation Amendment (2008 Budget and ...

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Faith leaders to hold summit before G8 meeting in Japan

Tokyo, 24 June (ENI) High ranking representatives of the world’s main religions are to gather in Japan to discuss world poverty, climate change and violence in advance of the 7-9 July meeting, in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, of leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations. "The globalisation of markets requires a globalisation of responsibility," said Germany’s top ...

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Lutheran leader acknowledges churches’ mistake over Mugabe

Arusha, Tanzania, 25 June (ENI) The Zimbabwean-born general secretary of the 68-million-strong Lutheran World Federation, the Rev. Ishmael Noko, has said that those who have criticised churches for lagging behind secular society in taking leadership over troubled Zimbabwe are justified in their point, and that churches have made a mistake in assessing the country’s president, Robert Mugabe. Noko was speaking ...

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