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Sending a friend to school to reduce poverty

Simply Sharing Week has taken its annual education program online for what promises to be the best interactive campaign the churches have ever launched. Simply Sharing Week is a program of Caritas Australia and Christian World Service/National Council of Churches in Australia. The theme, “Send My Friend To School” aims to educate Australian students and church members on why school ...

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Newspaper suits Logan Uniting jazz singer for fancy pants

Logan Uniting Church Creative Arts Coordinator Craig Burnett entertained 5000 people dressed in a “suit of newspaper” at the recent Fancy Pants Ball in Toowoomba as the lead vocalist of the explosive jazz band SCAT. The Ball was the closing celebration for attendees at this years Australian Gospel Music Festival. Mr Burnett’s smooth vocals and SCAT’s toe tapping rhythm has ...

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World churches explore climate issues

The World Council of Churches(WCC) is sponsoring a meeting hosted by the British agency Christian Aid in London from 12 to 15 April that will examine options for faith communities’ participation in a proposed civil society campaign on climate. The Geneva-based WCC groups more than 340 Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other churches representing more than 560 million Christians in over ...

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Survey shows rapid drop in Britain’s church-goers

The number of people in Britain going to church is falling rapidly and only one in 10 adults attends church weekly even though 53 percent of adults or 26.2 million people in the United Kingdom identify themselves as Christian. A survey, "Churchgoing in the UK Today", by Christian relief and development agency Tearfund, said this reflects a drop of 20 ...

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Code of Ethics for Lay Preachers to be Introduced

A Code of Ethics, that will guide Lay Preachers in the exercise of their ministry, was adopted at the March meeting of the Uniting Church’s National Assembly Standing Committee. The Code of Ethics for Ministers of the Word, Deacons, Youth Workers, Community Ministers and Lay Pastors, established at the 9th Assembly in 2000, did not address the specific responsibilities of Lay ...

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Easter message from the Moderator

Dear Friends in Christ, You may have heard the story about the minister who went on a tour of the Holy Land at Easter time. On Maundy Thursday evening he packed a basket with food and a thermos of hot coffee, and went to the Garden of Gethsemane. There he settled into a comfortable reclining chair, rugged himself up in ...

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Oxford atheist ridiculed by Anglican theologian during debate

Crusading pro-evolution scientist Richard Dawkins has had his anti-religious claims ridiculed during an Oxford debate with a theologian who once was an atheist like the evolutionist, who is devout in his public denunciations of religion. "Having been an atheist, I discovered religion was in fact an enormously powerful, transformative power for good," said Alister McGrath, Oxford University’s professor of Historical ...

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No world peace if no peace among religions, says theologian Kueng

If there is not peace among religions, there will be no peace in the world, Swiss-born theologian Hans Kueng has noted during an address during a week of ethics and world peace in the capital city of Colombia. "The great religions have the conditions necessary to mobilise people to support a planetary ethic: defining moral objectives, proposing instructions and criteria ...

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Southern African church calls for stronger action on Zimbabwe

Churches in southern Africa are calling on their governments to place direct pressure on the government of President Robert Mugabe, as leaders from the region gather in Tanzania for an emergency summit to discuss the crisis in Zimbabwe. "As the church, we are convinced that Zimbabwe is under the clutches of oppressive rule, and those who are committed to democratic ...

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