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Remembering the bombing of Hiroshima

The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be remembered around the world on Thursday 6 August. In London, people committed to peace in Britain will hold an open interfaith service of commemoration and commitment for a nuclear-free world.

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Southport welcomes the Big Day Out

Around 800 people poured into the Southport Convention Centre on 18 July for the North West and Merseyside Synods' Big Day Out.

The event showcased the work of the United Reformed Church in the North West of England. Guest speakers including Steve Chalke founder of Oasis UK and Loretta Minghella chief executive of Christian Aid explored the theme Breaking Barriers and Crossing Boundaries.

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Record of Assembly 2015 now available

Assembly Record 2015 coverThe full official Record of the United Reformed Church General Assembly’s recent one-day meeting in Birmingham is now available.

The Assembly considered one issue only – the marriage of same-sex couples.

The Record is now available to be consulted or downloaded. A pastoral letter to all URC synods and congregations is also available, as is a brief information sheet about the registration of church buildings for marriage services of same-sex couples.

Carers UK founder commemorated

Mary WebsterTwo events in early July celebrated the life of the Revd Mary Webster, the Congregational Church minister whose vision and determination established the carers’ movement 50 years ago.

On Sunday 5 July Eltham United Reformed Church joined the charity Carers UK in a special service to celebrate Mary’s vision in founding the movement.

At the age of 31 Mary gave up her work as a minister and moved to Eltham to care for her frail parents – a move which inspired her to seek out others in similar circumstances. Realising the scale of the need she began to build a national organisation promoting the interests and well-being of carers.

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