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US court reviews lethal injections during anti-execution campaign

For the first time in more than a century, the United States Supreme Court has agreed to examine whether a form of execution, in this case lethal injection, violates the nation’s constitutional ban on "cruel and unusual punishment". The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Amnesty International and some religious groups have organized events to draw attention to the issue. ...

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Uniting Church welcomes call from Muslim leaders

The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed an open letter by Muslim scholars, which calls for Muslims and Christians to work together for peace and justice between the two religious communities.  See Journey story  http://www.journeyonline.com.au/showArticle.php?categoryId=2&articleId=1243. The letter said the future of a peaceful world and the possibility of finding meaningful peace depend on finding common ground between the two religions, ...

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Dandala says with growth, Christians in Africa forget poor

The leader of the All Africa Conference of Churches, the Rev. Mvume Dandala, has called on churches to renew their energy and resources to fight poverty, while expressing fears that the poor are being forgotten as Christianity grows on the continent. "The church has to find renewed energy to take this work it has been doing in isolated places and ...

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Telling the Story for Pancake Day

UnitingCare has scaled the heights of Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge to get some early promotion of the 2008 Pancake Day activities. On UnitingCare Pancake Day, held annually on Shrove Tuesday, thousands of individuals, school, community, church and business groups nation-wide cook and sell pancakes to raise funds for UnitingCare’s work with Australians in need. In 2008 Pancake Day falls on ...

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UAICC gives cautious welcome to new statement

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church has welcomed the Government”s commitment to a new statement of reconciliation in the preamble of the Constitution citing its significance would be predicated on its negotiation with Indigenous people. National UAICC Administrator Rev Shayne Blackman, said that while the proposed constitutional changes are a step in the right ...

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Tongans lost in transition

The once friendly islands of Tonga have been shaken by the mass riots and destruction in Nuku’alofa last November. Contributed to by those marginalized within the community particularly deportees from the US, Australia and New Zealand, the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga has established a program to come alongside these unsettled and marginalised youth with the love of Jesus. The ...

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Islamic scholars seek ‘common ground’ with Christian leaders

More than 130 Muslim scholars have said in a letter to Christian leaders, including Pope Benedict XVI and the head of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Samuel Kobia, that world peace depends on cooperation between Christianity and Islam. "Our common future is at stake. The very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake," the 138 signatories ...

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NCCA declares a National Day of Prayer for Burma

The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) has declared a national day of prayer for Burma on Sunday, 21 October 2007. NCCA General Secretary Rev John Henderson said the images of tens of thousands of Burmese monks, nuns and civilians marching in the cities of Burma has highlighted the tragic situation facing millions of people in Burma today. “The ...

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Rebecca Manley Pippert to visit Brisbane

Internationally recognised author, Rebecca Manley-Pippert, founder of Salt Shaker Ministries and author of the book, Out of the Salt Shaker and into the World will be visiting Brisbane next month. Out of the Salt Shaker was recently selected by Christianity Today as one of the books that has most influenced Christian thought in the past 50 years. Ms Manley-Pippert is ...

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Rising fresh food prices crippling indigenous communities

The tragic effect the rising cost of food is having on some remote Indigenous communities has been highlighted as a major policy concern for action by the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church. National (UAICC) Administrator Rev Shayne Blackman said the health and socio-economic outcomes of some remote Indigenous communities would continue to decline unless ...

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