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Oxford theological college at centre of row

The head of an Anglican theological college in Oxford, the Rev. Richard Turnbull, has been accused by his three immediate predecessors of threatening its survival as an academic institution The three former principals of the Wycliffe Hall college gave their warning in a letter to the bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, who chairs the governing council of the institution, which ...

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The Uniting Church in Australia turns 30

The Uniting Church in Australia is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this Friday, June 22. Congregations all over the country are holding special services or social events to celebrate the milestone. The third largest church in Australia, the Uniting Church was formed on 22 June 1977 when the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches united. The first service, held on the 26th ...

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Hong Kong Christians demand minimum standards for Olympic suppliers

A Christian labour activist in Hong Kong has urged Beijing to ensure that factories producing merchandise for the Olympic Games to be held in the Chinese capital in 2008 meet basic labour standards. "The labour problem is not just limited to games merchandisers, it is a widespread issue," Rev. Hans Lutz, chairperson of the Christian Industrial Committee, told Ecumenical News ...

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Respect and don’t judge prostitutes, says Vatican

The Vatican has called for an attitude of respect, understanding, compassion, and abstaining from judgement – "in the right sense" – towards women who have become caught up in prostitution, which the Holy See described as a form of modern slavery. "Many prostitutes in the so-called developed world come from poor countries, and in Europe, as elsewhere, many have fallen ...

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President remembers 30 years of the Uniting Church

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Uniting Church in Australia The President Rev Gregor Henderson has prepared a multimedia presentation in which he shares his observations about the Uniting Church including what he sees as its defining characteristics. The Uniting Church was inaugurated on 22 June 1977 as a result of the coming together of the Congregational Union in ...

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No Vagrancy – how the poorest are criminalised

An independent inquiry into allegations that police harass and persecute the poor and homeless has been urged after an investigation and report by a coalition of legal, community and church organizations in Queensland. Commissioned by a coalition of organisations including the UnitingCare Centre for Social Justice, the No Vagrancy report calls for investigation into allegations police persecute the socially vulnerable. Lawyers, ...

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US Episcopal Church rejects deadline on gay consecrations

Leaders of the US Episcopal (Anglican) Church say they will not respond to increasing pressure by others in the worldwide Anglican Communion that the US denomination reverse its policies on the ordination of openly gay bishops. In February, a meeting in Tanzania of Anglican leaders, or primates, from around the world gave the US denomination a September deadline to promise ...

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North American denomination agrees to women clergy

The Christian Reformed Church, one of the North American branches of the Protestant Reformed tradition, has voted to allow the ordination of women after almost four decades of discussion on the issue. "I’ve worked and prayed for this moment for years," said the Rev. George Vander Weit, an advocate of women’s ordination in the denomination. "I think [this proposal] gives ...

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Synod plumbs to save precious resource

A major water-wise overhaul of the Synod Centre in Auchenflower, Brisbane, together with Raymont Residential College and associated buildings will net a saving of around 1,000,000 litres of water each year said Mission Support Enterprises Business Manager Eddie Carleton. The Synod installed 32 dual flush toilet cisterns, 41 restricted shower roses, 59 inline flow restrictors and 48 spring-loaded taps, and an ...

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Church calls on Sony to withdraw game set in cathedral

Church of England has threatened the Sony Corporation with legal action unless it withdraws a video game set in Manchester Cathedral. "During the game, players are asked to assume the role of an army sergeant and win a battle in the cathedral.  The video footage of the cathedral battle on ‘You Tube’ has shocked and dismayed us beyond words, and ...

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