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The Revd Richard Church, Ms Francis Brienen and the Revd Fiona Thomas presented Paper M1 Missional Discipleship.

The paper presents the proposals – a joint initiative of the mission and discipleship departments – as a move towards whole-life discipleship, grounded in a deep lived experience of Jesus Christ. 'It is,' said Mr Church, 'an emphasis that will inform every agenda of the church.'

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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.

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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.

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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.

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