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“Christian ethos” code could threaten church college jobs

Teachers and lecturers who do not adhere to a "Christian ethos" could face future employment difficulties at UK colleges and universities sponsored by the (Anglican) Church of England. A 25 October report in the country’s Times Higher Education Supplement said that universities with Anglican foundations have been told to emphasise their Christian credentials in order to make it easier to ...

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Arroyo’s pardon for Estrada is a mockery, say Philippine churches

Philippine church leaders did not applaud President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she invoked reconciliation and forgiveness, and pardoned former President Joseph Estrada, who was supposed to serve a life sentence for corruption. "President Arroyo made a mockery of justice by making the more-than-six years of litigation of Estrada useless," the Rev. Simplicio Dang-awan Jr of the United Church of Christ in ...

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Film shows tears and joy in Zambia

LAST YEAR West Australian film maker Russell Brown packed up his camera and travelled to Zambia to visit Uniting Church aid worker Fiona Dixon-Thompson at the Mwandi Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Project. Along for the ride was sound recordist and Centenary Uniting Church youth worker Jason Bray. The result was the documentary Seven Days, a brief look at a week ...

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South African church has failed to renounce apartheid, meeting told

The World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) has said that a South African church, suspended from the grouping in 1982, cannot be readmitted because it has not renounced the support for the apartheid ideology that led to its exclusion. WARC leaders meeting near Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago heard that the Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika (Dutch Reformed Church), ...

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Spanish divided as Vatican beatifies nearly 500 martyrs

The biggest beatification – a process on the path to sainthood – in the history of the Roman Catholic Church has taken place in Rome for 498 people, whom leftwing forces killed during the Spanish Civil War, and who the church now regards as martyrs. Shortly before Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the newly beatified Spanish martyrs, a brawl broke ...

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AGMF becomes “Easterfest”

After ten years growing to become Australia’s largest faith-based festival, the Australian Gospel Music Festival will take on a new name and fresh direction in 2008. Easterfest will be more than a music event on the Easter weekend, according to Chief Executive Officer, Isaac Moody. “This has become an event about Easter,” Moody said, “designed to transform the community with ...

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Debt-ridden Oral Roberts University probes misconduct claims

The university founded by US televangelist Oral Roberts has announced an independent review and audit of allegations against its president, Richard Roberts, the son of the institution’s creator. At the same time, the university based in Tulsa, Oklahoma has revealed it is millions of dollars in debt. "We do not judge those who are accused, and will await the facts ...

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Uniting Church President: poverty figures are a scandal

Australians have lost the plot in caring for those most disadvantaged, said Uniting Church President Rev Gregor Henderson while launching the ACOSS Australia Fair program. Mr Henderson described the latest poverty figures during the current period of economic prosperity and stability as a scandal. “I call on Government and Opposition to take this latest update of rising levels of poverty ...

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Cheree drops in on playgroup

Not many people go by helicopter to playgroup, but that’s how Cheree Callaghan from Fairlight Station does it. She travelled by chopper attend the Frontier Services Remote Area Family Service (RAFS) playgroup at Hann River Roadhouse. RAFS is just one of the ways Frontier Services supports people in remote areas. Uniting Church Frontier Services minister Rev Michelle Cook cares for ...

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British church leaders urge re-examination of abortion law

To mark the 40th anniversary on 27 October of Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act that legalised abortion in specified circumstances, church leaders are calling for a re-examination of the situation. The department of health in Britain reported that in 2006 there were nearly 200 000 abortions in England and Wales, which represented a 4 percent increase from the preceding year. The ...

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