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Why are you doing this? A Palm Sunday reflection

bannerpalmsunday1Today is Palm Sunday – marking the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday is a day when Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. Each of the four Gospels describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem – where the crowds greeted him by laying down their cloaks and waving palm branches. Yet immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross. The Revd Fiona Thomas, United Reformed Church secretary to the education and learning committee, offers the following reflection for Palm Sunday:

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Churches welcome call for benefit sanctions review

2499 jpit sanctions report cover smallA coalition of major UK Churches, with a combined membership of more than 800,000 people, has welcomed the call for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions system. The recommendation comes in a report from the Work and Pensions Select Committee that has been released today.

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Remembering with a difference...

shacklesOn this International Day of Remembrance for the victims of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 25 March, the Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, the URC’s secretary for racial justice and intercultural ministry, calls on us all to remember the millions of victims of the slave trade of the past, but also to be aware of modern day slavery:

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