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doorhandleThe first in a series of poems from URC minister and poet Lucy Berry.

The Refugee

I looked outside this morning.
It gave me quite a shock
to see a face I couldn’t place
stand at my door and knock.

I don’t go much on strangers.
I’m quite reserved you see.
I like my life, my town, my home
just as they used to be.

Read more: The Refugee

At the beginning of the World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel, Steve Tomkins considers how we can talk about conflict without making things worse

The deeper a conflict goes, the harder it becomes to say anything about it at all that does not make things a little worse, inflaming anger or hurt, or at least making someone bristle.

Read more: A way with words

Christian, Islamic and Jewish leaders gathered at St Paul's Cathedral in London today to urge the Prime Minister to ensure the UK plays its part in achieving new international goals to tackle poverty and inequality and protect the environment in every country.

The event took place one week before Heads of State gather at the United Nations in New York to approve Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. His Holiness Pope Francis will also visit the UN just before the Goals Summit meeting.

Read more: Faith leaders urge prime minister to keep his promises to world's people in poverty

Peace is Like a Little Bird

Peace is like a little bird I hold in my hands;
fluttering, gentle, fragile.
Yet, beneath those soft feathers
beats a strong heart.
A heart strong enough to power its yearly flight;
A heart that will lead it to its mate and create
new life.

Read more: A poem for peacemaking Sunday