Spending for reconstruction should equal spending for war
Jul 01, 2008
An Australian church leader has said his country should spend as much on reconstructing war-torn Iraq as it did on military operations there. Gregor Henderson, president of the Uniting Church in Australia, made his comments after his nation ended combat operations in Iraq.
A diverse group of faith-based organizations has raised $4.5 million for two disaster relief funds that will aid affordable-housing projects, help rebuild small businesses and develop community centers on the Gulf Coast.
Richard Dickinson, a longtime ethics professor at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis who was the school’s president from 1986 to 1997, died May 24 at age 78 of an acute aortic rupture while visiting a son in Michigan. A United Church of Christ minister, Dickinson directed a project in the early 1970s to fight racism in Indianapolis churches.
An ecumenical group of Christian denominations that was determined to address racism inside and outside the church is facing an uncertain future after officials of two of its three black member churches stopped attending its meetings.
An independent, pre–Lambeth Conference gathering in the Holy Land of Anglican conservatives who oppose churches they consider too liberal on gay and scriptural issues was expected to attract up to 1,000 participants to the June 22-29 event in Jordan and Jerusalem.