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Uniting Church calls for bipartisan support on overseas aid

The President of the Uniting Church, Rev Gregor Henderson, today added his voice to the call for a bipartisan consensus on Australia’s overseas aid policies. “The plight of people overseas suffering from abject poverty has surely to be seen as one of the biggest moral issues of our time” Mr Henderson said.  “Turning a blind eye to the world’s poor ...

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Global Christian Forum is ‘most diverse Christian gathering ever’

A unique gathering of high level church leaders starting on Tuesday 6 November 2007 near Nairobi, Kenya, features the broadest range of Christian traditions ever represented at a global meeting, says its organisers. The gathering will "allow for a discussion of unprecedented ecumenical breadth on what Christians are called to do – together if possible – in the world today", ...

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Uniting Church seeks treaty to restore rights of Indigenous South Australians

The Uniting Church SA is joining with the Church’s Aboriginal arm to campaign for a treaty with the South Australian Government to restore the rights of Indigenous South Australians. The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) wants a treaty that is consistent with the intentions of the South Australian Letters Patent of 1836. The Letters Patent guaranteed the rights ...

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Our concerns sometimes seem petty

“Seeing the struggle of people in the world’s poorest nations of Africa changes my perspective of many things,” says 28 year old medical scientist, Kathryn Evans, who is serving her third term as a volunteer with Mercy Ships. “The people of Liberia, where the hospital ship Africa Mercy is currently on field service, struggle with poverty and have to deal ...

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Thursday Island need – looking for a few good men

Pine Rivers Uniting Church (PRUC) is looking for a few good men from around Queensland to nail down $20 000 toward an urgent state-wide Uniting Church appeal for assistance to undertake urgently needed repairs to the minister’s residence on Thursday Island. PRUC Men’s Ministry coordinator Phil Smith said his blokes would chip in at least $1000.00 by the end of ...

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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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