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Uniting Church Moderator defends Abdalla

The Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland Rev Dr David Pitman has responded strongly to a national newspaper’s attack on Dr Mohammad Abdalla and the Griffith University’s Islamic Research Unit. In a letter to The Australian, Dr Pitman said Dr Abdalla is an outstanding scholar and a person of great integrity who is making a very significant contribution to ...

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Zimbabwean churches warn country faces ‘genocide’

Church leaders in Zimbabwe have called on the United Nations and African regional groupings to step in to stem the violence that has been reported following disputed elections, and have warned that without intervention the country will witness genocide. "As the shepherds of the people, we … express our deep concern over the deteriorating political, security, economic and human rights ...

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UnitingCare Health – employer of choice for women

UnitingCare Health is one of only 10 organisations in Queensland, out of 99 throughout Australia, to achieve an Employer of Choice for Women citation this year. Awarded annually by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace agency the citation recognises organisations for achieving “outstanding outcomes for women”. This year six new prerequisites were introduced to the selection process which ...

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United Methodist Church set to debate Middle East divestment

The United Methodist Church, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, gathers for its once-every-four-years churchwide meeting this week. It is expected to debate a number of controversial issues, including divestment in the Middle East, and ministerial ordination and sexuality. The meeting is likely to debate the issue of transgender, following a 2005 denominational court decision that ...

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US commentators mull results of Pope Benedict’s visit

In a media-saturated culture, Pope Benedict XVI’s 15-20 April visit to the United States is being judged by whether it got "good reviews", and early reactions have been favourable, with commentators remarking that Benedict, who heads the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, addressed the issue of clergy sexual abuse head on. "That he took this risk impressed me," wrote Peter Steinfels, ...

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Hatfield Dodds pulls out of Olympic Torch Relay

National Director, UnitingCare Australia Lin Hatfield Dodds has announced she will not be participating in the Olympic Torch Relay in Canberra on Thursday. Ms Hatfield Dodds who is also President of the Australian Council of Social Service and ACT Australian of the Year said it had been a very difficult decision that she had not taken quickly or lightly. “While ...

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Uniting Church welcomes freeze on poker machines

The Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland has today welcomed Thursday’s announcement that the Government will put an immediate two year freeze on any new poker machines. “After years of what seemed like a never-ending increase in poker machine licenses in Queensland it is welcome to see the government recognise the harm caused to problem gamblers,” Dr Pitman said. ...

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UK clergy ‘bullied’ by congregations claims union

Members of the clergy are being bullied by parishioners while the Church is doing little to prevent it, a trade union has claimed. Unite says vicars are experiencing psychological, emotional, verbal and physical abuse, whilst bishops are not doing enough to protect them – often ‘hiding’ instead of acting. The Church of England acknowledged bullying did happen but said it ...

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First Australian female Bishop appointed

The Archbishop of Perth, The Most Reverend Roger Herft, this morning announced the appointment of Australia’s first woman bishop. Archbishop Herft said the way was cleared for women as bishops in October 2007 with the ruling that such appointments were in accord with the constitution of the Australian Church. This appointment was a logical progression of that decision. “We expect ...

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