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Peacemaking Sunday resources available now

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The theme of this year’s resources is ‘Walk for Peace’. They particularly draw on the Kenyan Champions’ Walk for Peace undertaken by world-famous athletes, including Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Tergat and Tegla Loroupe.

They led a 22-day walk, ending on 6 August, across northern Kenya to raise money and awareness for the peace education programmes their communities so desperately need to curb rising inter-ethnic violence.

The walk and related work is supported by the Aegis Trust, a British charity that campaigns against genocide.

The resources include a service outline prepared by Ruby Beech, past Vice-President of Methodist Conference with support from David Brown of Aegis Trust and a vivid powerpoint presentation. Find them here

New safeguarding resource released

Cover of Good Practice 4 - Handbook for Churches

We are pleased to announce the release of the updated guide to safeguarding in our Churches. Every Church has received a copy of the Handbook for Churches for their Safeguarding Coordinator. Copies of the Handbook for Churches, are available from the online store.

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Pause for Creation Time

A reflection for Creation Time from David Tatem

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The Bible Begins With Language

God spoke and it was so:
Word and Deed perfectly united with utter integrity
To form the world
And endow it with integrity of its own.

And ever since we have pulled word and deed apart
To distort meaning
Cover up deeds
Deny justice
Dismantle integrity
Dig traps for the unwary
Pull wool over eyes
Play games with lives
And pull people down
As we pull the world to bits.

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Newbigin research centre now open

Last month, as part of the second annual Lesslie Newbigin Summer Institute programme, the Newbigin Centre for Gospel and Western Culture was officially launched at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. More than 60 people attended the launch event, including academics, leaders in culture, business and church life, and mission partners.

The centre's director, Paul Weston, outlined his vision for the Newbigin Centre at the launch event, explaining how the centre aims to attract research students for MPhil and PhD degrees on themes relating the Gospel and western culture, and to develop resources for the wider Church. The Revd John Proctor, general secretary of the United Reformed Church, also spoke at the event.

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