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Environment Sunday

Ben NevisEnvironment Sunday is on June 8th this year, the Sunday nearest to the United Nations World Environment Day, which takes place on June 5th. Trevor Jamison, a United Reformed Church Minister, serving as Environmental Chaplain for Eco Congregation Scotland, offers this reflection.

"When Environment Sunday comes this year I will be enjoying the great outdoors, walking along the recently opened 135 miles long John Muir Way, running from Scotland’s West to East coasts.

John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-born American pioneering environmentalist. He is prized, particularly in the USA for his explorations, writings and advocacy on behalf of the nation’s wilderness. He was instrumental in Yosemite Valley in California becoming a National Park.

He spoke and wrote of nature using the language of religion; a person of his time, affected by his upbringing. It was his deeply religious (and difficult) father, attracted to the Churches of Christ tradition, who moved the family from Scotland to Wisconsin in search of greater religious liberty.


New convener of the United Board

LAND-2012-178 Chaplain General 002The United Board has announced the appointment of the Revd Jonathan Woodhouse as convener of the board. He will take on the role in January 2015, replacing outgoing convener, the Revd Ian McFarlane.

The United Board conducts chaplaincy work in the Armed Forces, representing Baptist, Congregational, URC, the Assemblies of God, Elim Pentecostal and Free Church of Scotland churches. The main objective of the board is to assist in the recruiting of chaplains for HM Forces, whilst supporting, encouraging and promoting the United Board chaplains in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. As convener, Jonathan will be responsible for representing the board at interdenominational advisory groups, supporting and advising all chaplains, and publicising the work of the United Board.


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TLS offers a reflective and practical learning experience through personal and group study, local and residential gatherings and engagement at a range of educational levels. Whether you are seeking to explore opportunities to serve God in the future or develop your understanding of Christian discipleship, TLS can help you to enrich your faith, equip you for service, delve deeper into the gospel message and help you to discover ways in which your pastoral care, prayer, faith and discipleship can be developed.



Churches challenge food poverty with latest resource on foodbanks

JPIT logoThe Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and Church Action on Poverty have produced a three-part resource for churches about the growing food poverty crisis. "Faith in Foodbanks?" recognises the ministry of many churches helping people who cannot afford to eat, looks at why there has been such a growth in foodbanks, and suggests ways churches can take action to tackle the underlying causes. It offers worship and bible resources to help Christians to reflect on food and poverty in Britain today.

In the last five years the need for foodbanks in the UK has grown dramatically. Thousands of Churches have responded by starting or supporting foodbanks within their communities. Last year Trussell Trust, which helps 4 in 10 of the UK's foodbanks, fed over 900,000 people including more than 300,000 children. The entire foodbank movement will now feed well over a million people a year.