Good Money Week

good money week 2This week is Good Money Week, 19-25 October, an opportunity to ensure those you trust with your money are looking after it well and using it in ways that benefit society and protect the environment.

 

One World Week

one world week Youth Group in CacaoperaThis week is One World Week, 19 – 26 October, a week intended to let others know about some of the global issues that affect us all and to recognise we can all be part of the change.

 

 

United Reformed Church expresses concern for former president of Madagascar

madagascar-presMembers of the United Reformed Church, including the general secretary of the URC, the Revd John Proctor, have expressed their concern for Marc Ravolamanana, former president of Madagascar and vice-president of the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM), who, upon his return to Madagascar after years in exile in South Africa following a military coup, has been arrested with no clear information about his detention.

 

Faith in politics but less faith in politicians, say Church young people

youngvote1The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church asked Christian young people about their attitudes to voting and politics.

 

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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Leaders of the UK’s three largest free churches have welcomed the breakthrough announced at the climate talks in Durban on Sunday morning – 11 December – but warned that time is running out for climate calamity to be avoided.

Commenting on the agreement of a roadmap towards a new climate deal, the Revd Roberta Rominger, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, said: “This eleventh hour consensus on charting the way towards a legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emission by 2020 is good news for developed and developing countries alike.  Now all governments must follow it through and take urgent action to cut carbon emissions significantly; failure to do this could have devastating consequences for the world’s most vulnerable communities.”

Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Britain asked, “Why should people with the lowest carbon footprints on earth have to bear the brunt of the increasingly frequent and extreme climate events? Climate change is now threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world.  We have a moral obligation to challenge the voices of wealthier countries that place their own economic recovery ahead of the urgent call for climate action. Effective action to create low-carbon economies will require internationally agreed restraints on the production of greenhouse gases.”  Revd Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, pointed out that taking climate change seriously was also a moral and spiritual issue. He said: “As Western nations we urgently need to address our individualistic, consumer lifestyles which are the major drivers of climate change – and recover an understanding of the richness that is related to sufficiency.  We simply cannot celebrate the wonder of God’s creation in one breath and then destroy it in the next.”

Mr Edwards added: “Living more sustainably and simply to enable others to simply live is a crucial part of our Christian calling.”

The three denominations have supported proposals to reduce the carbon footprint of their churches, help members of congregations to reduce carbon emissions, and engage politically to work for national and international change. These proposals are part of the report Hope in God’s Future: Christian Discipleship in the Context of Climate Change which examines the issue of Christian discipleship in the context of climate change. It can be downloaded here: http://www.methodist.org.uk/downloads/10-hope-in-gods-future-210509.pdf