Daily Devotions from the United Reformed Church will start on the first Sunday of Advent (27 November) and continue throughout the year. Each day, a reading, reflection and short prayer, written by one of 85 writers from different places and perspectives in the URC, will arrive in your inbox. Over 750 people have signed up to receive the free Daily Devotion service so far. See here, to add your name.
A new mid-month poem from United Reformed Church poet-minister, the Revd Lucy Berry. This month, Lucy reflects on the leper graves at Robben Island, South Africa. She says: ‘I write this from Cape Town after just having visited Robben Island. I hadn’t realised that every kind of leper was incarcerated there; anyone with whom those in charge, (often we British), could not cope or did not approve: those with Hansen’s Disease, those labelled ‘mentally defective’, those unimpressed by imposed Christianity, those unwilling to be governed by an invading force, those who believed in racial equality. I left the island feeling the disgrace of Empire – and fearing the trumped-up reasons we give for demonising other humans.’
On 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:
Deadline for submissions: 28 November 2016
Could you write for the 2018 prayer handbook? We’re looking for prayer writers – established and new, all ages, and all backgrounds – to write for the 2018 lectionary-based prayer handbook. Might this be you? See more here.
Inter 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.