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Pastor of ‘world’s biggest congregation’ retires

Pentecostal preacher, the Rev David Yonggi Cho, who claimed to have the world’s biggest Christian congregation of more than 800 000 people, has retired following 50 years of ministry, a senior member of his church has said in South Korea. The church is a Pentecostal congregation of the Assemblies of God in Yoido Island in Seoul, Korea. The building holds ...

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China Bible plant has monthly printing capacity of one million

The Amity Printing Company of Nanjing now has the capacity to print one million Bibles a month, and it is printing a special bilingual edition of the holy book so that those attending the Olympic Games will get a copy. "The new printing plant marks a new milestone for the Bible printing ministry of the Church in China," Qiu Zhonghui, ...

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Gay US bishop enters into civil union with male partner

Gene Robinson, the openly gay US Episcopal (Anglican) prelate whose 2003 consecration as a bishop has caused an ongoing battle within the Anglican Communion over the issue of sexuality, has joined into a civil union with his male partner of 19 years. The private 7 June ceremony at St. Paul’s Church in Concord, New Hampshire, was not a wedding. Under ...

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Uniting Church welcomes action for nuclear disarmament

The Uniting Church in Australia has today commended the Federal Government for its latest efforts towards banning nuclear weapons. The commendation comes in the wake of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement of the formation of the new Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Commission. National Director of UnitingJustice Australia Rev Elenie Poulos said the Uniting Church had long been committed to the ...

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Honours awarded to Uniting Church friends

Former Moderator of the Queensland Synod, Dr John Frank Roulston has been awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia announced today by the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery. Dr Roulston was Moderator in 1990 and 1991 and has been awarded for his service to education, particularly through administrative and teaching roles in the independent schools sector, to the ...

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Faith-based aid groups split on abortion funding

Australian faith-based international aid agencies are split over a government review of a current policy that bans the funding of abortions as part of the nation’s overseas humanitarian aid programme. For more than 12 years, and as part of the policy of the Howard administration, Australia has ruled that aid money could not to be used to fund abortions in ...

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UnitingCare partners UQ research chair

The UnitingCare Chair in Social Policy and Research established in partnership with The University of Queensland was launched on 3 June in Brisbane. This is the first time the University of Queensland’s School of Social Work and Applied Human Services has established a Joint Chair with a non-profit organisation. Chief Executive Officer UnitingCare Queensland Anne Cross said that the importance ...

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African church leader urges binding climate change targets

The president of the All Africa Conference of Churches has called for legally-binding commitments to fight climate change, and he urged industrialised nations to keep their promises on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, which seeks to limit climate change-inducing gas emissions. "The current global environmental crisis cannot be overcome through voluntary actions but through a legal commitment of all ...

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Texas judge sends polygamist religious group children home

More than 430 children taken by authorities from a ranch run by a polygamist religious group in Texas are being returned to their parents after nearly two months in foster care. The process is expected to take several days. The children were removed on 3 April after state officials received a phone call from a girl at the ranch claiming ...

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Heads of Churches call for peace in Palestine and Israel

During this week of International Church Action for Peace in Palestine and Israel, Australian church leaders have called on the Federal Government to prioritise peacemaking in Palestine and Israel. An historic event, it is the first time that a group of Australia’s Christian leaders has come together to highlight the suffering in the region and to issue a joint statement ...

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