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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has launched an enquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK. The enquiry will look particularly at the experiences of refugees who have claimed asylum in the UK, as well as those who have arrived in the UK through other paths, such as the Syrian vulnerable person resettlement programme. They have requested that organisations involved in supporting refugees submit evidence to the inquiry panel, who will consider what more could be done to support refugees and those communities and organisations which support them.  

The Joint Public Issues Team would like to hear from you if:

  1. You are a refugee in the UK
  2. If your Church is involved in supporting refugees in the UK
  3. If you directly work with or support refugees in the UK
Read more: If you’re a refugee, or helping refugees, we want to hear from you

Some say The End is coming.
Some say the Time is Nigh.
Some say this current mayhem
bodes Justice from on high;
There’s talk of Armageddon
on some believers’ lips:
the final Time of Trial,
God’s great Apocalypse.

Read more: Armageddon

The ministries committee brought two resolutions: resolution 28 asked Assembly to note the projection for numbers of stipendiary ministers of word and sacraments likely to be funded from the Ministry and Mission fund until 2025, while resolution 29 was concerned with the formula to be used to allocate ministers to synods.

The URC currently has 393 (stipendiary) ministers of word and statements, but, by 2025 this is predicted to fall by around 40% to 235.

Read more: Deployment of ministers

Church leaders in Britain have expressed their deep sadness at the ‘brutal murder’ of a French priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, in his church near Rouen. The joint presidents of Churches Together in England say in a statement:  

‘That a man of peace who had dedicated his life to serving people, could be killed during Mass, is testimony to the evil that drives the actions of those who commit such a crime. 

‘We offer our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and parishioners. We pray for the wellbeing of those who were taken hostage, their families and the entire community served by Fr Jacques; indeed we pray for the peace of France, Europe, the Middle East and the world for which Jesus, the Prince of Peace, gave his own life.

The presidents of Churches Together in England include the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, and the Free Churches Moderator, Hugh Osgood.

They go on to call upon all people of goodwill to pray and work for justice and peace. In particular, they implore everyone to help people everywhere to pursue the path of peace and human flourishing – which is the will of Creator God. 

The General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, the Revd John Proctor, added, ‘We care – for the sanctity and safety of life, for the sorrows of friend and stranger, and for the peace that God calls us to seek in prayer, attitude and action. These are times to live by that care, for Christ’s sake.’

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