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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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Nazir-Ali to boycott Lambeth Conference as ‘matter of conscience’

Church of England Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali says he will not attend a worldwide gathering of his Anglican counterparts in July as a "matter of conscience", rather than as a challenge to the 77-million-strong Anglican Communion. "I would find it difficult to be in Eucharistic fellowship with, and teaching the common faith alongside, those who have ordained a person to be ...

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Dutch church council looks to youth for advice

Young adults dubbed "ambassadors for ecumenism" are to scrutinise the work of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands for one year as of September. The council’s chairperson, Henk van Hout, made the announcement in Utrecht at a 21 June symposium to mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the council, the main ecumenical body in the Netherlands. The ...

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UCA President dines with royalty

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, a partner church since the first Australian missionaries went there in the 1820s, is the largest church in Tonga. Uniting Church President, Rev Gregor Henderson, attended their annual conference in June. Mr Henderson described the opening days of the conference as celebratory with a focus on feasting and long worship services including 14 choirs ...

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UnitingCare partners UQ research

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 of UnitingCare Queensland Anne Cross said that the ...

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Lay book stirs controversy

THE PUBLICATION Two Small Books on Lay People and the Church was always going to be controversial, and the controversy generated by the launch was no surprise to its author, Professor Emeritus Rod Jensen.  Kenmore Uniting Church Lay Minister Heather den Houting was uncompromising, describing herself as “angry, distressed, confused and irritated” by the book.Ms den Houting said Dr Jensen’s ...

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One-woman initiative helps end tribal conflict in New Guinea

Melbourne, Australia, 20 June (ENI) Not all wars and conflicts make the pages of newspapers, nor are all peace agreements the result of the high diplomacy of the United Nations, and that certainly includes those now being signed in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. After decades of ethnic and tribal violence in the southern highlands of New Guinea, thirty-two ...

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Asian church leaders urge effort to preserve ‘Mother Earth’

ENI-08-0490 Chiang Mai, Thailand, 20 June (ENI)–Christian leaders in Asia have urged church groups around the world to support their campaign against accelerating land degradation caused by climate change or destructive methods of land use. "Desertification is not only one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges but also a major impediment in the way of ensuring basic human needs," the ...

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