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A United Reformed Church Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) ministers gathering on 20 to 21 June at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, focused on the theme 'poetics of resistance'. The gathering concluded with endorsing the following statement to commemorate Refugee Week.

May there be an end to a language of contempt and discrimination that allows refugees and migrants to become scapegoats for the failures of flawed political and economic systems. And an acknowledgement that a person's passport should not determine whether a human being is more worthy of life than another.

Read more: URC ministers call for end to dehumanising refugee language

Kevin Watson, Moderator of the URC's Yorkshire Synod, reflects on the life and tragic death of Jo Cox

On Thursday afternoon, my wife and I drove through Birstall and Batley, passing hundreds of people going about their lives, totally unaware of the horrific murder of the local MP Jo Cox, just streets away. These are people of all ages, ethnic groups and faiths living together in peace, a great witness to successful multicultural community.

This is the community in which Jo Cox grew up, the community she promoted, defended, and for which she worked tirelessly.

Her vision for a just and peaceful world was lived out in her work with Oxfam, and her support for refugees and the marginalised across the world. Locals will tell of her equal commitment for all her constituents.

Read more: Remembering Jo Cox

Two rescue-dogs
bracket the new widow closely on the sofa.
Heaven hadn’t smiled
on the previous owners of these dogs.
Such lovely dogs too.
When couples divorce it is
always the dogs that suffer.

Read more: A punishing game

The United Reformed Church has no agreed position on the Referendum question: remain or leave. However, we have recently received a letter from the written by the general secretaries of European National Council Churches (ENCCs) in an annual meeting convened by the Conference of European Churches, and this may be of interest to our people, as an indication of Christian perspective and concern around the continent.

Read the Letter from the ENCC meeting

Our own reflection on Referendum issues is offered through the work of our Joint Public Issues Team, in which we share with Methodists, Baptists and the Church of Scotland. The EU referendum resource can be found here:

http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/issues/eu-referendum/