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Zimbabwe Methodists condemn violence as toll mounts

The Methodist Church in Zimbabwe has condemned mounting post-election violence which has left at least 50 people dead and displaced thousands of villagers, according to rights groups and the main opposition political party. At the same time police tried to prevent worshipers entering Harare’s Christ Church in the suburb of Borrowdale despite them being granted a court order to pray ...

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After decades of debate Australia gets two female bishops in 10 days

After decades of debate, Australian Anglicans have one female bishop, and they will get a second within 10 days of the first woman’s consecration. On 22 May, West Australian Archdeacon Kay Goldsworthy was consecrated Australia’s first female bishop. Canon Barbara Darling’s consecration was to follow on 1 June in Melbourne. Supporters of the move described it as a breakthrough for ...

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Deep concern for worsening situation in Zimbabwe

Support is desperately needed as the crisis in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate The peaceful environment which initially surrounded the 29 March national elections in Zimbabwe has changed significantly, going from bad to worse, and Uniting International Mission is asking people to maintain their interest, support and prayer. Following recent conversations with leaders of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and the ...

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Uniting Church supports National Sorry Day

God… has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18) The Uniting Church in Australia (UCA) continues to offer prayerful support for National Sorry Day. President of the UCA, Rev. Gregor Henderson, said that, ten years since its inauguration, National Sorry Day reminds us that there is much still to do in the reconciliation process.  “We have commended the ...

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Zimbabwe Anglican church says worshippers beaten

The Harare diocese of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe says it is "shocked and dismayed by the continuous police interference with Sunday services", and the increased brutality that is causing casualties. "Many of our parishioners were assaulted and beaten, several of our parishioners of St Monica’s Church in Chitungwiza were brutally assaulted and had to be admitted to hospital [on ...

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Expelled Polish nuns face questioning in ‘visions’ controversy

Polish police have found and questioned a group of rebel Roman Catholic nuns, who had disappeared after being expelled from their convent. The authorities discovered the nuns living together in eastern Poland. "Questioning these former nuns will be an important step towards finding out about this highly unusual and complex matter," regional prosecutor Andrzej Lepieszko told journalists in Lublin on ...

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Uniting Church rejoices in Bishop’s consecration

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia has today written a letter of congratulations to the newly consecrated Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Perth, the Right Reverend Kay Goldsworthy. Rev. Henderson said the appointment of Australia’s first Anglican Bishop was an historic occasion. “The Uniting Church in Australia has long been committed to gender equity in all areas ...

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Covenanting resource promotes reconciliation

Published by the Uniting Church Assembly, with full endorsement from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, the booklet, Building Partnerships: a guide to covenant renewal with Indigenous people throughout the Uniting Church in Australia, was produced for use in congregations, presbyteries and community service organisations as a way to explore relationships across the church and invite conversation and action. ...

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Uniting Church care networks merge

UnitingCare Australia’s National Committee has signed off on the merger of UnitingCare Australia and the Uniting Missions Network (UMN), the two entities that carry out the national work of the Uniting Church’s agencies and missions engaged in community services. The national functions of these two organisations will now be carried out by UnitingCare Australia, subject to a renewed Mandate for ...

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