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Session One

As part of the opening worship the Revd David Grosch-Miller commissioned Grace Pengelly, recently appointed Secretary for Church and Society, explaining that he was commissioning her to work alongside ecumenical colleagues, and in so doing declaring this to be an appointment the whole denomination supports.

Read more: Mission Council round-up day one

We are due to close the gender gap by 2133 according to the World Economic Forum’s calculation. That's 117 years from now. For this year's Pledge for Parity themed International Women's Day, Lucy Berry reflects on our stumbling progress to parity, and the dream of equality.

Read more: Parity

A two-day conference – Hope in a changing climate – is due to help churches and individuals think through the next steps in climate action after the COP21 climate change summit in Paris.

The 15 to 16 April conference at Central Hall Coventry features speakers associated with the United Reformed Church include Rosalind Selby, Principal of Northern College, Manchester, and Rachel Lampard, Joint Public Issues Team Leader.

Read more: Hope in a changing climate

Following the success of the Northern and North Western synods' Advent and Lenten devotions, a new set of daily devotions has been written by people from across the URC, which will run from Easter Sunday until Pentecost.  

The devotions follow the daily lectionary. Contributors from across the URC have been asked to choose one of the four set for each day and to write a short reflection on it.

Read more: Get daily devotions for Easter to Pentecost