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Research looks at ‘exotic’ death rites in Netherlands

Belief in God seems to be making way for a modern form of ancestor worship in the Netherlands, says a Dutch academic who has embarked on research into non-religious death rites. "The priest and the pastor are increasingly sidelined, but the need for rites related to death remains. People are now negotiating with funeral companies about their own rites," Eric ...

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US evangelist who pioneered use of TV dies at 88

Alpha Rex Emmanuel Humbard, who has been called the world’s first televangelist, and who conducted the funeral of Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 88. A former itinerant preacher who settled in Akron, Ohio in the early 1950s, Humbard was the first US evangelist to build a ministry through television programming. He made his first on-screen broadcast in ...

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Strand all set for stable and sound

TOWNSVILLE’S STABLE on the Strand is an annual ecumenical event attracting thousands of people. Held from 19-23 December, Stable on the Strand offers a unique Christmas experience for visitors and volunteers alike. The combined churches present the message of Christ’s birth through drama, song and many other activities in a festival atmosphere. This year guest artists will include singer-songwriter Colin ...

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Philip Yancey: church is a broken witness

WITH MORE than 14 million books in print, award winning US author Philip Yancey surprised a Brisbane business luncheon by announcing he didn’t have any answers to offer. “I don’t have all the answers. I have questions and that’s how I usually choose what to write about – I choose something I don’t know the answer to,” Mr Yancey said. ...

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‘Second Life’ for Danish church in cyberspace

The Copenhagen diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark has taken the denomination into cyberspace through the Web-based virtual world called "Second Life". On this site, the online church can be found on the "island" called "Danmark", and its priest, an "avatar" (online 3D representation) called Pellegrina, is a priest in real life as well, the denomination said on ...

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Gay partnership no block to office says Norwegian church body

The national council of the (Lutheran) Church of Norway is recommending to the denomination’s general synod that it allow homosexuals in registered partnerships to serve as bishops, priests, deacons or catechists. However, a bishop should still be able to refuse to ordain people in same-sex registered partnerships if the bishop believes it would be a violation of church teaching to ...

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UK faith schools selecting white, middle-class pupils

A new United Kingdom report has revealed that faith schools are turning their backs on their original remit to tackle the poor and vulnerable, and selecting proportionately more white, middle-class pupils. Faith schools are ‘cherry picking’ too many children from affluent families and contributing to racial and religious segregation, according to the most extensive research of its kind, based on ...

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World Methodist Council backs evangelism

Eight Australians and two New Zealanders attended the World Methodist Evangelism Institute 8th International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia Three hundred people from 68 countries took up the opportunity to understand better the issues of evangelism and church growth from a mainline church perspective. Among them was Rev Ken Anderson who spent many years at the Robina Uniting Church in Queensland ...

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Places of worship not safe in Sri Lanka conflict

Christian groups have joined with non-governmental organizations to warn about the killing of religious leaders and attacks on places of worship during a resurgence of fighting between government and rebel forces in Sri Lanka. "We call on the government as well as all armed groups, to respect places of religious worship as places of refuge and ‘zones of peace’," urged ...

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Bishop defends Mother Teresa’s questioned spirituality

A media frenzy based on the supposed spiritual emptiness in the life of Mother Teresa, made public in some of her recently published letters, derives from a lack of spirituality, says Roman Catholic Archbishop Lucas Sirkar of Calcutta. "Those who are questioning the faith of the Mother have no idea of what is spiritual life," Sirkar told Ecumenical News International ...

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