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US Muslims feel assimilated, part of society, survey finds

Muslims in the United States appear to have been largely assimilated into the broader US society, finds a new survey which also reports that nearly eight in 10 Muslim Americans overwhelmingly condemn the practice of suicide bombings. Still, the survey released this week by the Pew Research Center found that about a quarter of young Muslim Americans feel there are ...

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Unions call for “Right to Worship” protection in AWAs

Unions NSW today called on the Howard Government to establish a ‘right to worship’ protection in its so-called Fairness Test covering Australian Workplace Agreements. The call follows revelations a member of the Hillsong congregation was refused the option of taking Sundays off to worship when negotiating an AWA with a call centre. Unions NSW secretary John Robertson said the worker ...

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Gay US bishop ‘not invited’ to world Anglican gathering

Openly-gay US Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 consecration sparked controversy in the worldwide Anglican Communion, has not been issued with a formal invitation to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference of the world’s Anglican bishops. A spokesperson for Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the Anglican Communion, confirmed to Ecumenical News International that Robinson was one of several bishops ...

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Sorry Day: Uniting Church acknowledges continuing struggle

On the Tenth Anniversary of the Bringing them Home Report, the Uniting Church in Australia expressed sadness at the continuing suffering of Indigenous people and communities throughout the country. Ten years ago, moved by the findings of the Bringing them Home Report into the plight of the Stolen Generations, the National Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia issued its ...

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One million Bibles a month will come off finishing line

On a return visit to Nanjing, China last week, Daniel Willis, CEO of Bible Society NSW inspected progress on the new site for the Amity Printing Press. “Last October, the block was vacant, apart from a huge sign. Now you can see the shape of the new buildings with form work and support columns in place. Given progress to date, ...

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Teach water management, Ugandan official urges African churches

Uganda’s minister for water and environment, Maria Mutagamba, has urged churches in Africa to educate people on the continent about water use and management. "One of the areas that I have found difficult is in the area of water utilisation. In Africa we just don’t know how to use water," said Mutagamba. She was opening a conference on 21 May ...

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First ordained woman begins as Church of Scotland moderator

Ecclesiastical history has been made in the Scottish capital with the Church of Scotland welcoming leaders of the Free Church of Scotland to its 2007 General Assembly that was officially opened by Prince Andrew, a son of Queen Elizabeth II. "I think this is a tremendous thing," said the new moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Rev. Sheilagh Kesting, ...

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Old Timers offering new services

Frontier Services opened a new wing of its Old Timers Village aged care service at Alice Springs on May 14, completing a $3.5m extension and improvement program at the nursing home. Mrs Jan Trengove, the Chairperson of Frontier Services Board, officially opened the new Nancy Lamb wing. Deputy NT Administrator Pat Miller AO also spoke at the opening which was ...

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Hicks home but Government not off the hook

On the day of David Hicks’ return UnitingJustice Australia, Amnesty International Australia, GetUp and the Australian Lawyers Alliance expressed their relief that his ordeal is almost over. They remain concerned, however, that fundamental questions about his treatment in Guantanamo Bay and the Australian Government’s response to his situation need to be answered. “David Hicks has been held for over five ...

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Ending 80-year rift, Russian churches reunite

The Russian Orthodox Church and an émigré church that broke ties in 1927 over a Russian church leader’s declaration of loyalty to the then Soviet state have officially reunited at a ceremony in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. "Church divisions are being overcome, and the confrontation in society inherited from the times of the revolution is being beaten back," ...

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