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United Church of ChristOn 8 November the United States of America elected a new President, Donald Trump, in a victory which culminated in his pledging to be ‘a President for all Americans’.

Yet many in the US have been deeply disturbed by the bitterness of the campaign, and particularly by the use of racist, misogynistic, homophobic and Islamophobic rhetoric. One of the United Reformed Church’s long-standing partner churches in the US, the United Church of Christ, has published the following comment:

Read more: Post-election hopes and prayers for the US

Inter Faith WeekInter Faith Week, which seeks to promote inter faith cooperation and understanding, runs from 13 to 20 November. It is a week that is about learning, respect, cooperation, new friendships and stronger communities.

Led by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, the week’s growing significance reflects the diversity of society and the importance of understanding each other and living well together. The United Reformed Church is one of the national, faith community representative bodies in membership of the IFN.

Read more: Launch of Inter Faith Week 2016

  • New Benefit Cap statistics show that 19 out of 20 families whose benefits were cut have children.
  • Only 14% of families affected claimed Job Seekers Allowance and were expected to look for work.
  • Churches[1] representing more than 800,000 people in the UK have said that it "cannot be morally acceptable to leave children without enough to live on”

Today’s government statistics on the Benefit Cap reveal that over a quarter of a million children have been affected by the Cap since it was introduced in April 2013. Additionally, the majority of families affected were accepted as not being able to work due to illness, disability or caring responsibilities.

The United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union, the Church of Scotland and the Methodist Church have spoken out against the Benefit Cap.

Read more: Churches say Benefit Cap is 'damaging' and overwhelmingly targets families with children

red white poppiesThe Revd Jonathan Woodhouse, Convenor of the United Navy, Army and Air Force Board, reflects on this time of remembrance and prayer

Memory is a gift of God. Our need to remember is part of what it means to be human. The events surrounding Remembrance Sunday help us focus on the past by using symbols and memorials, bringing to mind the ultimate sacrifice of those who have died in war, or been injured in body, mind or spirit. The Cenotaph in London, white headstones in foreign fields, the red poppies falling from the ceiling at the Albert Hall at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, or a village cross of sacrifice. These are all poignant symbols reminding us of those who have died in war and they are designed to make us stop, think, remember and pray.

Read more: Remembrance

Living Wage Foundation

This Living Wage Week (30 October to 5 November), the United Reformed Church’s global and Intercultural ministries team is calling on churches to speak out to ensure employers pay workers a living wage, saying a wage which is enough to live on is a necessity if we are to be a truly just and intercultural church.

The General Assembly of the URC passed a resolution in support of the Living Wage in 2008, yet it has become a matter of urgency that churches show their support for a living age – as pay and employment inequalities amongst Black and Minority ethnic people and women in Britain continue to increase.

Read more: The Living Wage is a necessity…