Faith through a lens

faith-through-lensAre you interested in entering a national photography competition celebrating “Faith Through a Lens”?

 

 

Time for creation

creation-timeFrom 1 September to the 4 October churches around the world will be taking time to pray for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change.

 

Archbishop to deliver keynote speech at public issues conference

welbyThe Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will give the keynote address at the ‘Love your neighbour: Think, Pray, Vote’ conference organised by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

 

Churches campaign for the abolition of Trident ahead of Peacemaking Sunday

JPIT logoAs diplomatic initiatives gather pace to build a framework for a nuclear-weapon-free world, three British Churches are reiterating their call for the abolition of Trident. The call comes in advance of Peacemaking Sunday, which falls on 21 September this year.

 

Peacemaking Sunday

jerusalemPeacemaking Sunday is the Sunday closest to the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21 September. This year it falls on 21 September itself.

 

Faith is risky: Challenging the status quo?

winderemereThe Windermere Centre's event, "When Church & Kingdom Collide" begins today, with the explicit intention of creating space for people to ask the most difficult questions about the current life, and future, of the United Reformed Church.

 

The United Reformed Church prays that we may be ambassadors for peace and reconciliation as the violence escalates in Syria

syriaMore than 3 million people have become refugees as a result of the civil war in Syria and thousands of lives have been lost in the escalating conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and those opposed to his rule.

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

Photo credit: Mother & baby by Axel Bϋhrmann http://www.flickr.com/photos/snapeverything/787337321/ Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en

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