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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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Methodist challenge to South African church policy on gay unions

A group of 19 Methodist ministers in Cape Town, South Africa, is seeking to change its denomination’s policy of not allowing clerics to officiate at the celebration of same-sex unions. Following legislation approved by the country’s parliament in 2006, South Africa allows gays and lesbians to contract legally valid civil unions. The ministers of the Methodist Cape of Good Hope ...

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Falwell remembered as political strategist and arch critic of gays

It is said that by nature Jerry Falwell, the US evangelical Christian leader who died this week, was a compassionate pastor but in his preaching an often ferocious critic of feminists and gays. Now, in the days after his death, Falwell is also being remembered as a brilliant political strategist and organizer. "He was probably the major architect of the ...

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Moderator deplores council amalgamation proposal

Moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland Rev Dr David Pitman has condemned the decision of the Government to abandon a process of consultation already underway and appoint a Commission to redraw Council boundaries across much of the State. “During my recent visit to Longreach, this was the most common topic of conversation everywhere I went,” Dr Pitman said. “People ...

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Marxism and capitalism have both failed says Pope

Neither Marxist nor capitalist systems can offer hope to Latin America, Pope Benedict XVI has told the continent’s Roman Catholic bishops, as he urged them to make greater efforts to build up the Church. "Both Marxist and capitalist systems … falsify the notion of reality by detaching it from the foundational and decisive reality which is God," Pope Benedict said ...

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