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.

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. This will be the third such conference arranged by the three churches and will be held at Coventry Central Hall on Saturday 21 February 2015.

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.

 

The United Reformed Church prays for the people of Scotland

flower of scotlandThe Revd John Proctor, general secretary of the United Reformed Church, wrote the following prayer for the people of Scotland prior to the Scottish Referendum, praying for the future it will open, whatever the outcome. John has lived three quarters of his life in England, but retains strong links to Scotland, where he began his life and began his ministry.

 

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.

 

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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Positive, practical solutions that help combat climate change are being encouraged, as part of Climate Week, a national campaign supported by the United Reformed Church.

Climate Week provides a platform for showcasing the good work that goes on to tackle climate change, generating discussion and fresh thinking.  Thousands of activities will take place from 12-18 March 2012 and awards will be given for the most impressive and inspirational projects.

The Revd Mike Shrubsole, URC minister and recently appointed coordinator of the environmental network Creation Challenge, has encouraged local congregations  to engage with Climate Week -  to examine the most recent evidence,  plan an event which publicises the issues  and  identify  practical responses through which churches can help to make a real difference.

Creation Challenge is the environmental network of the URC, the Methodist Church in Britain, and the Baptist Union of Great Britain.  Mike Shrubsole explains why climate change is such a hot topic again: “In 2009 we experienced the failure of the Copenhagen climate change conference to agree meaningful carbon reduction targets. This was followed by incidents which caused a loss of credibility in the work of some scientists. As a consequence, the voice of climate change sceptics began to control the carbon reduction agenda.

“Now, two years on, there is a growing sense that scientists have got their house in order, and that the evidence for climate change is stronger than ever. There is also a deeper appreciation that only responses which embrace every part of our life in community with one another, can hope to make a meaningful difference. That is why initiatives like Climate Week are so important”.  Hashim al-Kohan, Climate Week campaign coordinator, said: “We're delighted that the United Reformed Church will be supporting us in 2012, and in doing so, helping to highlight the good work that faith communities are doing.”  

For suggestions of how your congregation can get involved with Climate Week click here: www.climateweek.com

More about Creation Challenge here: www.creationchallenge.org.uk