Community Project Award winners

community awards winners1The General Assembly celebrated the work of the many community-based projects based in or linked to United Reformed Churches the length and breadth of the three nations.

 

The United Reformed Church General Assembly journeys together towards a decision on same-sex marriage

same sex marriageOn 6 July 2014, the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, moved forward with its discussions on the marriage of same-sex couples.

 

The United Reformed Church welcomes women bishops

White Blue URC Logo 300The United Reformed Church has warmly welcomed the Church of England's General Synod vote in favour of allowing women to become bishops. 

 

The URC's position on assisted dying

Fotolia 52170185 XSThe United Reformed Church has joined with the other mainstream Christian churches and faith communities in the UK in expressing its deep concerns about Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill, which is due to be debated in the House of Lords today, Friday 18 July.

 

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