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.

 

Copyright alert!

copyrightIn recent months Church House has become aware of two occasions where unintentional copyright infringements have resulted in local churches being faced with legal action. On both occasions the infringement centred on a short poem: The Dash by Linda Ellis – being published without permission in church newsletters and/or church websites.

 

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