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Vote with hope for justice and peace – Uniting Church President’s message for the federal election

President of the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia Rev. Gregor Henderson today called on Australians to reflect carefully on their vote next Saturday. “In the lead up to this important occasion for the future of our nation, I urge each Australian to reflect deeply on the policies outlined by each of the parties and candidates at this ...

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Indigenous rights central to new advocacy initiative

The Uniting Church in Australia has circulated letters for concerned Australians to send to their Federal Government representatives and candidates, expressing concern about the intervention into Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. An initiative of a Task Group set up in August by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) in direct response to the intervention, the letters urge ...

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UnitingCare National Director is ACT Australian of the Year

Social justice advocate and National Director of UnitingCare Australia Ms Lin Hatfield Dodds was tonight named the ACT’s winner in the Australian of the Year Awards by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope. Ms Hatfield Dodds will now compete with other State and Territory winners for the title of Australian of the Year, which is announced in January. Ms Hatfield Dodds is ...

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Christian organization rates political parties on social issues

The Centre for an Ethical Society (CES) has analysed replies from political parties to its 16 point questionnaire on key issues of social justice and rated them on a “good Samaritan” index. The Democrats scored the highest with 77 [of 80], followed by the Greens, 74 & the ALP 66. The Coalition failed the “Good Samaritan” test scoring 37. The ...

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Iraq war has weakened US ‘moral authority’, says Jesse Jackson

The US-led military offensive in Iraq has strengthened its neighbour Iran, and led to a weakening of the moral authority of the United States, US civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson said during a visit to Britain. "Saddam [Hussein] was a manufactured threat," Jackson told Ecumenical News International on 12 November. "We had him contained through inspection by the ...

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Czech churches hope for settlement of property disputes

The Czech government has agreed, after almost two decades of dispute, to compensate churches for properties confiscated under communist rule, and also to make them financially independent from the state. "There’s a common desire now to solve these problems; what remains are the specific conditions," said Jiri Grecka, spokesperson for the Roman Catholic bishops’ conference in the Czech Republic. "If ...

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‘Historic’ world Christian forum issues call for dialogue

Leaders meeting in Kenya belonging to all main Christian traditions, and from countries ranging from Armenia to Zimbabwe, have pledged to convene international, local and regional meetings to deepen reconciliation and understanding. "Recognising that unity is first and foremost God’s gift through the work of the Holy Spirit, our commitment is to press on in promoting ever greater understanding and ...

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Giuliani urged to reject televangelist’s endorsement

Prospective US Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has been urged to reconsider his acceptance of the endorsement of a controversial televangelist known for scathing attacks on Muslims and Islam. In a news release on his campaign website, Giuliani is quoted as saying he is "encouraged" by the endorsement of Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). "His experience and ...

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Anglican leaders praise religion decision by Chinese communists

A group of Asian and African Anglican leaders recently returned from a visit to China have praised a decision by the country’s ruling Communist Party to include the word "religion" in its constitution. "This is a recognition of the increasing role that the Church plays in the nation’s economic and social development," the Anglican leaders said in a statement issued ...

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