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Queuing for the climate

Climate Lobby Melanie Smith John Proctor Mark MeatcherThousands of people gathered in Westminster on 17 June to lobby MPs on behalf of those threatened by climate change. The Revd Melanie Smith, minister of Crowstone St George’s and Westcliff United Reformed Churches, Southend-on-Sea, was among them.


United Reformed Church General Assembly to meet to discuss the marriage of same-sex couples

This Saturday, 27 June, the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church will be meeting for a one-day, one-issue Assembly, at Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham.

The General Assembly is the executive body of the United Reformed Church and usually meets biennially to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world. This next meeting of General Assembly will be solely concerned with the marriage of same-sex couples. General Assembly first discussed the issue at its July 2014 meeting. Since then a Church-wide consultation has been held and the matter is returning to General Assembly for a decision to be made.


Writing the book on fatherhood

Faber childrenThe Revd Steve Faber currently serves at Boston and Riverside Church, Sleaford, as well as being East Midland Synod’s mission enabler; in September he will be inducted as moderator of West Midlands Synod. He is also the father of six children – which is why we thought he’d be the perfect person to write a Father’s Day reflection.


Youth Assembly moderator takes on climate challenge

CA interns pic with Andrew WestonFifteen young Christian Aid Collective interns, including Andrew Weston, the moderator of the United Reformed Church Youth Assembly, are gearing themselves up for a person-powered 1,000-mile feat of endurance which will end when they join up being part of a 10,000 strong lobby of parliament today, 17 June.

The interns are to stage a walking/cycling relay between Christian Aid offices the length of the country, before converging on Westminster to lobby MPs on the importance of tackling climate change.