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The United Reformed Church (URC) has started a confidential process of reviewing all ministers' files; the specialist team undertaking the work are looking for any historic incidents of inappropriate behaviour or abuse that may have been covered up or overlooked at the time they occurred.

The review process has been carefully structured and, in its first phase, specialist readers will review around 2,500 files – the records of everyone who has held ministerial office – both Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Church Related Community Workers – in the denomination since its inception in 1972.

Read more: The United Reformed Church conducts historic case review

pray imageDeadline for submissions: 15 January 2016

You may already be familiar with the United Reformed Church’s (URC) prayer handbook. It's our perennially popular collection of prayers and meditations commissioned from prayer writers across the denomination – but this year it's changing. We are keen to widen the authorship of the prayer handbook and will be including non-commissioned prayers for the first time.

Read more: Could you write for the prayer handbook?


The theme of this year’s resources is ‘Walk for Peace’. They particularly draw on the Kenyan Champions’ Walk for Peace undertaken by world-famous athletes, including Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Tergat and Tegla Loroupe.

They led a 22-day walk, ending on 6 August, across northern Kenya to raise money and awareness for the peace education programmes their communities so desperately need to curb rising inter-ethnic violence.

The walk and related work is supported by the Aegis Trust, a British charity that campaigns against genocide.

The resources include a service outline prepared by Ruby Beech, past Vice-President of Methodist Conference with support from David Brown of Aegis Trust and a vivid powerpoint presentation. Find them here

A reflection for Creation Time from David Tatem

Spider's web with dew
The Bible Begins With Language

God spoke and it was so:
Word and Deed perfectly united with utter integrity
To form the world
And endow it with integrity of its own.

And ever since we have pulled word and deed apart
To distort meaning
Cover up deeds
Deny justice
Dismantle integrity
Dig traps for the unwary
Pull wool over eyes
Play games with lives
And pull people down
As we pull the world to bits.

Read more: Pause for Creation Time