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Votes on gay clergy fuel further controversy for US Lutherans

For years, the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States has avoided some of the rancour over the issue of same-sex relationships that has divided the Episcopal (Anglican) Church and, to a lesser extent, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church. Yet, given two very different decisions by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at its 2007 assembly, ...

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New role for old bones at English Anglo-Saxon church

St Peter’s, a 10th century church at Barton-upon-Humber in north-east England, has reopened after a 600 000 British pound (US$1.2 million) makeover. It is now an international centre for the study of human remains, and a visitor attraction. When this (Anglican) Church of England building became redundant 30 years ago, the bones of some 3760 people buried there over the ...

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Namibia church leader uneasy about Russian nuclear energy offer

The leader of the Council of Churches in Namibia has expressed concern about environmental problems that could be created if the uranium-rich southern African country accepts an offer by Russia to help build floating nuclear power plants. "We are the custodians of instructions from God to look after the environment," the Rev. Phillip Strydom, general secretary of the church council, ...

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Flying Padre takes international leadership role

Queensland McKay Patrol Minister Rev Garry Hardingham, has been appointed as Secretary of the International Rural Churches Association (IRCA). IRCA is a world wide network of Christians with a passion for rural communities who share stories of struggle and hope. Over 100 delegates from 16 countries gave a world-view of the challenges and hopes in rural ministry at the International ...

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African religious leaders told gender violence used as war weapon

African religious leaders have heard that gender-based violence is increasingly becoming a weapon of war in the continent’s trouble spots, with some saying holy scriptures are being used to justify violence in general. "The last two decades have marked the darkest period for women in the continent of Africa," said the Rev. Mvume Dandala, general secretary of the All Africa ...

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Finding peace among the pieces in Bali

Terrorist bombs tore the heart out of Bali in 2002 but, on the insistence of two Balinese Christians who had attended Pacific PeaceBuilding Initiatives training (PPBI), the Protestant Church in Bali (GKPB) decided to change its own sense of identity. Bali could not "forgive and forget". It was psychologically impossible, sociologically dangerous, and it is not the way of Christ. ...

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Ecumenical dialogue may require new methods, says US cardinal

Dialogue in the quest for Christian unity has proved to be immensely valuable in the United States and globally but may have hit a plateau, a Roman Catholic cardinal has said during the commemoration of a US ecumenical milestone. Theologian Cardinal Avery Dulles made his remarks at a conference convened by the US National Council of Churches in Oberlin, Ohio, ...

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Indian Christian women warn of female extinction from feticide

Christian women activists have expressed anger at what they say is an alarming crisis due to female feticide in India, after two dumps of illegally aborted female foetuses were found in the world’s second most populous nation this week. "This is a dangerous situation and, if it continues, there will be the extinction of female children," lamented T. Sabitha Swaraj, ...

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Thank you Margate

AFTER A long and proud history Margate Uniting Church Conference Centre on the Redcliffe Peninsula will close its doors on 31 December. The decision made late last year by the former Finance and Property Board was announced at the recent Synod at Alexandra Park. Synod Property Services Manager Mark Lee said the decision had not been taken lightly. “We conducted ...

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US TV evangelist Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner dies at 65

A symbol of 1980s-style televangelism, Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner will be remembered for the heavy black mascara that ran down her face because she cried so easily when invoking the name of Jesus, and for soliciting money from viewers. She will also be remembered for the sex and corruption scandal that brought down her multi-million dollar "Praise The Lord Network" ...

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