The United Reformed Church prays for peace in the land we call Holy

URC-Logo-Web-2014As the situation in Israel and Palestine worsens, and the number of lives lost and civilians wounded continues to rise, the United Reformed Church prays for peace and an end to the suffering. You may like to join us, using this prayer written by the Revd John Proctor, general secretary of the United Reformed Church:

 

Prayers for the people of Scotland in the run up to the referendum

scottish voteA resolution brought forward by the synod of Scotland at the United Reformed Church General Assembly last month, called for the URC to pray for the people of Scotland before, during and following the independence referendum to be held on 18 September 2014. The resolution stated: "These prayers should be for all, regardless of conviction, recognising how important the peoples of these islands are to each other."

 

The Windermere Centre offers radical generosity – not raised prices

Windermere CentreThe Windermere Centre – one of the United Reformed Church’s resource centres for learning – has taken the radical decision of abandoning its policy of charging set fees for guests attending courses and events or simply using the centre as a base for a holiday in the Lake District.

 

The United Reformed Church offers statement of solidarity on crisis in Iraq and Syria

iraq crisisModerator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, the Revd David Grosch-Miller, offers the following statement of solidarity as the crisis continues to unfold in Syria and communities in northern Iraq continue to face unrelenting persecution for their religious beliefs:

 

Faith through a lens

faith-through-lensAre you interested in entering a national photography competition celebrating “Faith Through a Lens”? The Congregational & General is holding a prestigious annual photography competition which celebrates diverse representations of faith. Now in its fifth year, the contest is aimed at amateur photographers across the UK and is calling for creative photography that showcases everyday demonstrations and expressions of faith.

The winner and two highly-commended entries are to be decided by the “Faith Through a Lens” judging panel, led by internationally renowned photo-journalist Don McCullin, along with Paresh Solanki from the Inter faith Network, and the Revd Dr David Cornick from Churches Together in England, with award-winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson also joining the judging team.

Community Project Awards 2014

Community-project-playlist-videosOn 6 July the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church celebrated the work of the many community-based projects based in or linked to United Reformed Churches with the Congregational and General sponsored Community Project Awards.

Four projects won awards – the overall winner was Glenorchy Work Club based at Glenorchy United Reformed Church in Exmouth and the three runners up were Chapelfield Grow Your Own; Hope Restored, and Messy Church SEND.  Short films of all four projects are available here.

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Photo credit: Mother & baby by Axel Bϋhrmann

the day I brought my baby home
the sky was full of wonder
gold swans swam on ponds of pearl
and bells pealed out like thunder

I carried him as royalty
and all across the town
great, loud brass-bands of soldiers made
a celebrating sound
and angry boys smiled back at us
great men paused at their lunches
the queen waved from a passing car
buds burst on winter branches
inside our room we could not hear
the music from the park
just a drip, drip, drip from the broken tap
in the kitchen in the dark
me and my Crown-prince in our room
casting his glow of glory
watching comets through chimney-pots
proclaim our story   

© Lucy Berry 2011

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