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Uniting Church calls Woodside Energy to account on safety

The Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, has called on Woodside Energy to investigate allegations of employees of subcontractors being sacked after reporting safety incidents at its Otway Gas Plant in Port Campbell, Victoria. The call for a response comes after seven months of failed attempts at dialogue with the company. The Uniting Church in Victoria and ...

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US Episcopal priest who embraced Islam suspended

A US Episcopal (Anglican) priest, who announced that she has embraced Islam, has been suspended for one year by her supervising bishop, who said the woman’s dual religious loyalties were in "inherent" conflict. The decision by Episcopal Bishop Geralyn Wolf of the US state of Rhode Island means that the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding, who is based in Seattle, in ...

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World church leader urges dialogue on homosexuality

The head of the World Council of Churches has called for a responsible dialogue on the issue of homosexuality, and said that churches have a pastoral duty to their members who are gay. "Churches must address homosexuality responsibly," said the Rev. Samuel Kobia, WCC general secretary, in an interview with Ecumenical News International in Nairobi, where he was attending a ...

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Japanese Buddhists blow winds of change with pipe organs

Pipe organs, for centuries considered a fixture in Christian places of worship, have been gaining a place in some Japanese Buddhist temples over recent decades. Rissho Kosei-kai, a Buddhist lay movement, has used a pipe organ every day since 1965 for rituals and events at its headquarters in Tokyo. The organ is also used for concerts. "The organ was installed ...

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Congregations invited to celebrate Blue Care Sunday

Congregations are being encouraged to celebrate the life of the Queensland Uniting Church at mission with Blue Care Sunday on 19 August. “This particular Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to incorporate thanksgiving and prayer support for Blue Care into their worship services,” Acting Director of Mission Rev Jan Chalmers said. To help congregations celebrate, Blue Care has prepared a ...

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Mixed reception for papal Latin Mass announcement

The decision by Pope Benedict XVI to authorise a wider use of the old Latin Mass has been welcomed as offering a possibility of healing a rift with traditionalists, but has also faced criticism that it might open up new divisions within the church. "Pope Benedict XVI has tried to heal a painful wound within the church," said French Cardinal ...

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Church backs plan to hold Anglican Communion together

The Church of England’s governing general synod has agreed to support the drawing up of draft code for endorsement by all 38 churches that belong to the worldwide Anglican Communion, as an attempt to provide a way of settling internal rows. The code, called a "covenant", would set out the shared beliefs of Anglican churches and a process for dealing ...

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Manchester Cathedral ‘not satisfied’ with Sony apology

The dean of Manchester Cathedral says he is not satisfied with an apology issued by the Sony Corporation for using a representation of the interior of the cathedral as a backdrop for a violent video game. "We asked Sony to withdraw the game. It has refused to do this. We asked Sony to make a substantial donation to community groups ...

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National Council of Churches in Australia meets on the Sunshine Coast

“Life Together” is the theme for the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) 6th National Forum to be held at the Uniting Church’s Alexandra Park Conference on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Centre from 13-17 July. Life Together is the title of a book by the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. More than 60 years after his martyrdom at the hands of ...

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Credit Union flies to the rescue

The McKay Patrol has been awarded a Queensland Country Credit Union Community Grants to the value of $10,000. The Queensland Country Credit Union, which started in Mt Isa and has an ongoing commitment to rural Queensland, has given the money to help support the Patrol, mostly assisting with air craft repairs and maintenance. North Queensland Presbytery Chair Rev Bruce Cornish ...

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