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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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Ukrainian Catholics protest as US firm turns church into casino

Roman Catholics in Ukraine have appealed for international support after a U.S.-owned company began converting a church into a casino. "The authorities are laughing at us, thinking we can do nothing as they take the church to pieces under our eyes," said the Rev. Jan Sobilo, vicar-general of the Catholic church’s Kharkiv-Zaporizhia diocese. "We have to do something. This is ...

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‘Make it count’: Howard and Rudd to speak live to Christians across the nation

The leaders of Australia’s two major political parties have agreed to speak live to Christians across the nation. Christians will gather in their churches on 9 August to watch a live web-cast of Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd addressing church leaders. ‘Federal Election 2007 – Make it Count’ will be hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby ...

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Indigenous spiritual strengthening critical to curb child abuse

A recent Alice Springs based summit on preventing Indigenous child abuse convened by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian Alliance (NATSICA) has detailed an effective alternative to the Federal Government’s emergency response plan. The two day historic summit held on the 18-19th July was attended by the nation’s major Church denominations who worked together to devise an innovative ...

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UnitingCare Health to keep St Stephen’s Hospital in Maryborough open

UnitingCare Health has denied reports that the St Stephen’s, the only private hospital in Maryborough, may close due to a reduction in in-patient numbers. Chief Executive Officer of Uniting Care Health Richard Royle said the problem is that all the practising medical specialists except one reside in Hervey Bay and want their patients treated there. “There is a concern by ...

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Malaysian Christians raise new religious freedom concerns

Malaysian Christians have expressed fresh worries that the government may be infringing their religious freedom, after the country’s deputy prime minister described Malaysia as "an Islamic state". The Christian Federation of Malaysia issued a statement on 19 July urging Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to retract comments he made two days earlier when speaking to reporters.  Then, the deputy prime ...

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Study shows US Muslims share much with evangelical Christians

Despite having a faith tradition different to the predominant Christian traditions in the United States, Muslim Americans share much in common with other US religious groups, including white evangelical Protestants, a new study has found. "Although Muslims constitute a small minority in the United States, and their holy book and many of their religious rituals are distinctly their own, Muslim ...

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Uniting church condemns visa cancellation as undermining legal system

UnitingJustice says that by revoking the visa of Dr Mohammed Haneef the Howard Government is using the Migration Act to undermine the legal system. Director of UnitingJustice, the justice agency of the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Assembly, Rev. Elenie Poulos, said, “We are outraged at the abuse of Ministerial power shown by this decision. It is hard to believe ...

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Los Angeles diocese agrees to settlement in clergy abuse scandal

The archdiocese of Los Angeles’ agreement to a US$660 million clergy abuse settlement will amount to $1.3 million for each plaintiff, and it prevents Cardinal Roger Mahoney, the archbishop of the diocese, from having to testify on the issue.  News reports said Mahoney would not have to disclose whether diocesan leaders might have covered up the incidents of abuse as ...

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