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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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Polish religious orders turn to advertising

Roman Catholic religious orders in Poland have taken to advertising to try and stem a decline in vocations. "The church has been advertising itself for two thousand years," Dariusz Kowalczyk, the head of the Jesuit order in Poland, was quoted as saying by the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper. "Today, the adverts are more sophisticated and this isn’t surprising; there’s the Internet ...

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Uniting Church Members honoured on the Queens Birthday

A modest recipient, Southport Director for Crossroads Dr Barbara Elizabeth Craig, almost turned down her Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) but agreed to accept it on behalf of everyone. Also Co-Director of the Gold Coast Breast Screening Services and Assistant Professor at Bond University, Dr Craig was awarded her Medal for service to medicine in the areas of ...

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Tutu tells G8 leaders in Germany, ‘We can survive only together’

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has joined other religious leaders and globalisation critics in sending an anti-poverty message to leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations who are meeting in Germany. "We can survive only together, we can be free only together, we can be prosperous only together, we can be human only together," said the former ...

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Polish priest criticised for naming non-paying parishioners

A Roman Catholic priest in Poland has been criticised for publicly humiliating parishioners who failed to pay for the upkeep of his church. "It’s hard to prescribe how a rector should act in such situations – everything depends on how well he feels he knows his flock and what he thinks he can do," a spokesperson for the western Poland ...

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Uniting Church leaders express sorrow for families of Kerang tragedy

Leaders of the Uniting Church in Australia have expressed their condolences to families of the people killed and injured in the tragic rail crash at Kerang, in Victoria. The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, the Rev Gregor Henderson and the Moderator of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, the Rev Jason Kioa said Uniting Church members around Australia ...

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G8 nations ‘must do more’ to reduce poverty say religious leaders

Religious leaders from the Group of Eight industrial nations and from Africa have said the G8 countries need to do more to keep the promises they made in 2005 to developing countries, and particularly to the African continent. "These promises represented substantial commitments for poverty eradication. The G8’s record on delivering on these promises has, to date, been very disappointing," ...

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Russian Orthodox bishop rules out ‘compromise’ on papacy

A representative of the Russian Orthodox Church has ruled out any "compromise" with the Roman Catholic Church over the status of the papacy, which is one of the issues that continues to divide the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches. "There can be no compromises whatsoever in this matter," said Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria.  Hilarion serves ...

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