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It's National Transplant week, this week and new research finds that Congregational and United Reformed Churches lead the way in linking organ donation to their Christian giving and joining the organ donor register.

A survey by the flesh and blood campaign campaign finds 72.9 per cent of churchgoers overall say that organ donation is, or could be, considered a part of their Christian giving.

Read more: National Transplant week: United Reformed Church leads the way

Has everything that needs to be said about climate change already been said? A one-day conference in London this month is to bring together the latest developments on the current greatest threat to our planet.

Contributions on faith and climate change will come from the perspectives of campaigners, academics, politicians, industry leaders and of the communities most affected by rising sea levels.

Earthyear, The Conversation is part of a year-long initiative to help churches prepare for the UN Climate Change summit in Paris in December. The event will be held at St John's Church, Waterloo on 26 September.

Read more: Earthyear The Conversation: speaker line-up announced

pray imageDeadline for submissions: 15 January 2016

You may already be familiar with the United Reformed Church’s (URC) prayer handbook. It's our perennially popular collection of prayers and meditations commissioned from prayer writers across the denomination – but this year it's changing. We are keen to widen the authorship of the prayer handbook and will be including non-commissioned prayers for the first time.

Read more: Could you write for the prayer handbook?

The United Reformed Church (URC) has started a confidential process of reviewing all ministers' files; the specialist team undertaking the work are looking for any historic incidents of inappropriate behaviour or abuse that may have been covered up or overlooked at the time they occurred.

The review process has been carefully structured and, in its first phase, specialist readers will review around 2,500 files – the records of everyone who has held ministerial office – both Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Church Related Community Workers – in the denomination since its inception in 1972.

Read more: The United Reformed Church conducts historic case review


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