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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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Uniting Church joins Regional Interfaith Dialogue

Uniting Church National Assembly Associate General Secretary Rev Glenda Blakefield, was invited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to join a delegation to The Fourth Asia-Pacific Regional Interfaith Dialogue in Cambodia, held 2-4 April. Fifteen nations representing 620 million people met in Phnom Penh for the fourth dialogue with the theme of “Phnom Penh Dialogue 2008 on Interfaith ...

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Death of Papuan Moderator

The Moderator of the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua Rev Coriunus Berotabui died in Cikini Hospital (Jakarta) on Sunday morning 1st June. Rev Berotabui had been ill for a few months with lung cancer and his body was flown to Jayapura in West Papua for burial today. Uniting International Mission Pacific Secretary Rev John Barr said attempts ...

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Uniting Church opposes citizenship test

The Uniting Church has called for the abolition of the citizenship test introduced by the Howard government – a decision passed at the March Assembly Standing Committee National Director of UnitingJustice Rev Elenie Poulos and National Director of Multicultural and Cross-cultural Ministry Rev Dr Tony Floyd expressed the view to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Evans that the ...

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PNG Warrior Tribes to sign peace treaty

Thirty-two warrior tribes in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea are set to sign an historic peace treaty thanks to the mediation skills and passion of Australian Joy Balazo and a team of local volunteers. For generations, these 32 tribes have lived as warriors and enemies; fighting, killing and plundering as a way of life. A simple mistake like ...

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