Roundup: Climate change, Blue Knot Day, coal seam gas, human rights in the Americas, same-sex weddings, Fiji, military chaplains, Aboriginal disempowerment

Roundup: Climate change, Blue Knot Day, coal seam gas, human rights in the Americas, same-sex weddings, Fiji, military chaplains, Aboriginal disempowerment

Despair after climate conference, but UN still offers hope

At the end of another lavishly-funded UN conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair.

Weaving stories of survival and healing

For three years now, in support of ASCA’s Blue Knot Day, Heather Robinson, chair of the South Sydney Uniting Church, and minister the Rev. Andrew Collis, have led a prayer service for adults surviving child abuse. This year, however, on Saturday November 3, the church was host to a unique visual art and storytelling presentation.

The missing emissions

The claim that coal seam gas is 50% cleaner than coal is coming under renewed scrutiny as more science comes in. The government is now reviewing the situation, but in the meantime investors are getting the jitters over the real carbon exposure. So why hasn’t the Government insisted on better science?

Human rights defenders increasingly targeted across the Americas

Human rights defenders across the Americas are facing escalating levels of intimidation, harassment and attacks at the hands of state security forces, paramilitary groups and organised crime, Amnesty International says in a new report.

Faith groups to be given freedom to host same-sex weddings

Gay and bisexual Christians are among those celebrating the news that the British government will offer faith groups the right to host same-sex weddings that will be recognised in law.

Australian church comments on Fiji as a Christian state

Australia’s Uniting Church says calls from the Fiji Methodist Church for Fiji to become an officially Christian state won’t affect ties between them.

No news is good news?

For our military families, when there is silence, this could be the very indication that something really serious is happening.

A Human Rights Day lament for Aboriginal disempowerment

The Uniting Church in Australia has hosted a forum and book launch on Aboriginal disempowerment under the Federal Stronger Futures laws to mark International Human Rights Day 2012. Information and action resources: Towards a truly stronger future.

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