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Church of Norway bishops split on homosexuals as clerics

Six of the 11 bishops of the (Lutheran) Church of Norway have supported proposals going before the denomination’s general synod in November to allow people in same-sex registered partnerships to serve as bishops, priests, deacons or catechists. The moderator of the Church of Norway bishops’ conference, Bishop Olav Skjevesland of Agder and Telemark, and four other bishops have said that ...

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New Web site celebrates Calvin anniversary jubilee

The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches has launched an interactive Web site to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Protestant reformer Jean Calvin. "We want Calvin to come alive for the people of our time through this Web site," the Rev. Clifton Kirkpatrick, president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and chairperson of the Web site’s committee ...

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W.A. Synod supports call for Australian Bill of Rights

The Western Australian Synod of the Uniting Church has expressed its support for an Australian Bill of Rights, distancing the church from the stance of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL). While the ACL has praised both the Federal Government and the Opposition for their opposition to an Australian Bill of Rights, the Uniting Church wants it known that not all ...

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African refugees – Uniting Church leaders say “Give them a break”

Uniting Church leaders from the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania today expressed “deep concern and disappointment” at the Government’s decision to prohibit Africans into Australia under the current humanitarian refugee program. The Rev. David Pargeter, Director of the Synod’s Commission for Mission at the Uniting Church said, “When a Government Minister, on the eve of an election, connects violent action ...

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Anglicans open way to women bishops

A decision by the highest court of the Anglican Church of Australian clearing the way for women to become bishops has been welcomed by supporters of the measure, but criticised by opponents as being potentially divisive. "The innovation will inevitably create ongoing difficulties around the church for decades to come," Sydney’s Anglican archbishop, Peter Jensen, said in a statement in ...

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World church grouping warns on ‘flight of Christians’ from Iraq

The World Council of Churches has warned of an "exodus" by the small Christian community of Iraq and said the country’s leaders and foreign governments need to install the rule of law and restore a multi-cultural balance in society. "The flight of Christians from Iraq is a sign of the failure of policies that were purported to bring stability and ...

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US modifies prison policy on religious books after protests

The US Federal Bureau of Prisons has said it will return "non-approved" religious books and other materials that were removed from the shelves of federal prison libraries because of concerns over the threat of terrorism. The prisons bureau had come under pressure from religious groups and some US lawmakers over the original measures, called the "Standardised Chapel Library Project". This ...

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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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