Girl Guides drop God promise

In their jubiliee year, the Girl Guides Australia are dropping reference to the Queen and God in their promise. Girl Guides Australia director Belinda Allen was quoted by ABC news as saying the members didnt feel that duty to God reflected all faiths and belief systems across the world.

The old Guide promise:

I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God, to serve the Queen and my country;
To help other people; and
To keep the Guide Law.

New promise:

I promise that I will do my best:
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs
To serve my community and Australia
And live by the Guide Law.

For ABC story click here.

For comments by David Flint from Australian Constitutional Monarchy click here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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Global Leadership Summit

The annual Global Leadership Summit, organised by WillowCreek, will be held across Australia in Oct 2012. Speakers include former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bill Hybels, Jim Collins and Marc Kielburger. It will be held in Perth 26-27 Oct 2012, in Launceston, 19-20 Oct 2012. For full venue details and info on speakers click here.

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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OM Australia Perth Dinner

On 15 Aug 2012 OM Australia’s annual celebration dinner will be held in Perth. Speaking will be Dr Joseph D’Souza, leader of OM India and advocate for freedom of the 250 million Dalit people in India. Special guest artist, Vita Adam will share her ministry of song, and OM will update on their new building and other aspects of the work. It is a free event. For more information or to make a booking, please email:  wa.events@om.org

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POSTED 27 Jul 2012
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OM Australia Perth Dinner

On 15 Aug 2012 OM Australia’s annual celebration dinner will be held in Perth. Speaking will be Dr Joseph D’Souza, leader of OM India and advocate for freedom of the 250 million Dalit people in India. Special guest artist, Vita Adam will share her ministry of song, and OM will update on their new building and other aspects of the work. It is a free event. For more information or to make a booking, please email:  wa.events@om.org

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Global Leadership Summit

The annual Global Leadership Summit, organised by WillowCreek, will be held across Australia in Oct 2012. Speakers include former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bill Hybels, Jim Collins and Marc Kielburger. It will be held in Perth 26-27 Oct 2012, in Launceston, 19-20 Oct 2012. For full venue details and info on speakers click here.

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Marriage Bills

Lachlan Dunjey from Choose Life Australia explains why marriage is so important in a new article ‘Why the battle for marriage is so significant’

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” 

The closing date for public responses was 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. 

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 2 May 2012 24,741 had used this service.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Abortion Counsellors

Abortion Grief Australia will be training men and women as phone counsellors for its 2 national crisis lines. Two hours once a fortnight, seven sessions. Approximately half of the calls are abortion grief and half pregnancy crisis. Volunteers need to be mature, compassionate, good listeners with a desire to learn. For more details contact Julie: http://www.abortiongrief.asn.au/contact-us.php
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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Lady Gaga tours Australia

In the last issue of Gleanings (May 22) it was reported that Filipino Catholic Bishops had called on their Govt to cancel concerts in the country by Lady Gaga.  Similar calls, by the Islamic community, to cancel her Indonesian concert were made. It was reported that Indonesian police refused to issue her with a permit to perform in Jakarta. For more on the Indonesian cancellation from Metro News Canada click here.   

Lady Gaga is now touring Australia where thus far no public calls have been made by Christians for the cancellation of her concerts.  She is in Perth July 7-8, 2012.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Global Leadership Summit

The annual Global Leadership Summit, organised by WillowCreek, will be held across Australia in Oct 2012. Speakers include former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Bill Hybels, Jim Collins and Marc Kielburger. It will be held in Perth 26-27 Oct 2012, in Launceston, 19-20 Oct 2012. For full venue details and information on the speakers click here.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Alex Schadenberg Aust Visit

The Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Canadian-based Alex Schadenberg is touring Australia in June 2012. He will speak in Melbourne on June 23 , Adelaide June 24-26, and Hobart, Tasmania, June 28.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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