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On Sunday afternoon, the Revd Prof Neil Messer, convenor of the United Reformed Church education and learning committee, moved Resolution 13, which concerned 21st-century expectations for ministry. After lengthy discussion, the resolution was passed by consensus, noting disagreement.

Giving background to Resolution 13, Prof Messer explained that the expectations for Ministers of Word and Sacraments used since 2012 have no formal status, unlike the benchmarks for church related community work (CRCW) ministry.

Read more: Assembly considers expectations of ministry

The Revd Lucy Berry explains her calling as a poet-minister – and what that means

Your website describes you as a poet-minister; can you unpack that?

I’d say that “minister-poet” is a more accurate description. My call is as poet – and I can’t separate being a poet from being a minister. Poetry, writing poems, is the most authentic outworking of my ministry. Through poetry I can most clearly articulate what it is I want, what I need, to say about God and the Church. It gives me a voice, a platform, which allows me to face – head on – some of the really difficult issues that many of us wrestle with.

And, somehow, it also lets me takes risks … taking risks is important because, when we’re taking risks we’re not worrying about paying the bills or buying the biscuits for the Church Meeting, we’re focussed on something bigger than ourselves: being more like Jesus.

Read more: Feature interview: Lucy Berry

HMS Vanguard carried out the first Trident missile test firing in May 1994

The United Reformed Church the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, and the Quakers have said that the proposals to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system are 'unwarranted' and 'unethical.'

This announcement comes in advance of the Parliamentary debate on Trident, where the UK Government will seek approval to spend £41 billion on building new submarines to carry nuclear weapons.

Read more: Don't replace 'unwarranted' and 'unethical' Trident, say Churches

To the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty.

The General Assembly of the United Reformed Church meeting in Southport sends Your Majesty its warmest wishes and congratulations on the occasion of Your Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations.

We express our thanks to Your Majesty for your unrelenting and steadfast service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth over the 64 years of your reign, and pray for the continued health of the Royal Family in the year to come.

Read more: General Assembly 2016, Address to the Throne

In its Monday morning business session, the United Reformed Church General Assembly passed resolution 14, which authorises elders and accredited lay preachers to preside at the sacraments if a willing minister is not available. After lengthy discussion, resolution 14 was passed, recognising disagreement.

The accompanying resolutions – 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 – all of which enable and support the authorised elders resolution – were voted on together; they also passed, recognising disagreement.

Read more: Assembly affirms authorised elders