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Australian Churches call for ban on cluster munitions

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) has condemned the use of cluster munitions and called for the development of a treaty to ban cluster munitions; In a letter to the Minister for Defence Joel Fitzgibbon and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith, NCCA General Secretary Revd John Henderson said cluster bombs have killed and wounded innocent people ...

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Ministers lock horns on Mt Isa accommodation service

The Moderator of the Queensland Synod Rev Dr David Pitman is distressed and disappointed at the comments by Housing Minister Robert Schwarten suggesting that the Uniting Church is not in touch with social issues and the demand for public housing in Queensland. “The Uniting Church is the largest non-government provider of Community Services in the state and last year we ...

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US Methodists “yes” to full communion with Lutherans; “no” on gay change

The United Methodist Church, meeting for its once-every-four-years church-wide gathering has approved an agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for full communion between the two U.S.-based denominations. At the same meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, the 12-million-member United Methodist General Conference, its main governing body meeting from 23 April to 2 May, turned down efforts to change denominational ...

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Sex education a major problem in Japan, says Christian group

A Japanese study group of Christian educators and doctors has expressed deep concerns about "promiscuous" sexual behaviour among young people, saying that sex education should be promoted from Christian perspectives. "We have a sense of impending crisis about the rapid growth of infectious sexual diseases among teenagers in recent years," said Kunihiko Tominaga, a Christian obstetrician and gynaecologist, who chairs ...

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World church head hails ‘bishop of the poor’ for Paraguay poll win

The World Council of Churches’ general secretary, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, has congratulated Fernando Lugo, the former Roman Catholic bishop of San Pedro, on his victory in Paraguay’s recent presidential election. "We have been moved by your statements, both during the election campaign and after being elected, that reflect the rich tradition of a Latin American Christianity that has struggled ...

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Church still homophobic, says outgoing leader of gay Christians

The Rev. Richard Kirker, an Anglican priest who steps down during 2008 after three decades leading Britain’s Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, believes that if the worldwide Anglican communion separates over homosexuality, the onus of responsibility will fall upon "those who walked away". "If we are in any way held responsible for a schism, then so be it. But I ...

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Former Obama pastor says attacks on him are on US black church

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who has been at the centre of controversy over sermons he has preached at the church attended by US presidential hopeful Barack Obama, has suggested the furore about his views is an attack on the US black religious tradition. "This is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright. It has nothing to do with Senator Obama," Wright ...

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Distress at government withdrawal of Mt Isa support

After 15 years of the Mt Isa Uniting Church congregation providing accommodation for women from remote communities during the final weeks of pregnancy, the Moderator of the Queensland Synod has expressed deep disappointment at the decision of the State Government to withdraw its support for the facility. The service to pregnant women has been provided using Department of Housing flats ...

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Celebrities celebrate 50 years

Queensland Minister for Health, Stephen Robertson, who attended St Andrew’s as a patient last year, and major sporting identities including racing car driver Dick Johnson will be helping St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital launch its 50th Anniversary celebrations. Mr Johnson said he was “very impressed” with St Andrew’s when he was treated there. Others include national cricketers, Reds and Lions ...

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Indian agency to study laws that ban conversion from Hinduism

India’s National Commission for Minorities has set up a committee to study the constitutional validity of highly politicised anti-conversion laws that churches and others say infringe freedom of conscience. "Freedom of religion is a fundamental right and the State cannot put curbs on exercising this freedom," Mohamed Shafi Qureshi, the commission’s chairperson told Ecumenical News International in early April, following ...

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