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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The United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have added their voices to the growing call for the UN Security Council to demonstrate a united opposition to the violent actions of the Syrian regime.  

Since the start of mass protests one year ago, thousands of people are thought to have been killed in the uprising.

Christians across Britain are being urged to pray for the nation using this special prayer .

The full statement from the Church leaders follows:

We are dismayed by the Syrian Government’s violent and unrestrained attacks on its own citizens, resulting in thousands of deaths and significant numbers of refugees flooding into neighbouring countries. Such action cannot possibly be justified. 

UN Special Representative Kofi Annan’s initiative with the Syrian government is crucial and deserves the undivided support of the international community. Given the tragic events of the past year, we call on Russia and China to accept that it is unjust for the Assad regime to continue to receive diplomatic and military support.

The United Nations Security Council must unequivocally condemn Syria’s state-sanctioned attacks on its own people and we support the call by humanitarian and human rights groups for a Security Council resolution demanding an immediate end to the killing. All armed groups must allow unrestricted access of humanitarian agencies to those areas where people are currently without food, healthcare or education.

We are concerned that, should diplomatic initiatives fail and the opposition groups achieve success in securing support for arms, the violence could escalate still further. Our prayers are for a halt to the bloodshed and for diplomacy and mediation to offer a way forward for the Syrian people.

As Christian communities we are also concerned for the Syrian Christian churches and communities that represent a minority in the land. With them we long for a nation in which all can live in security and peace under the law.

Revd Leo Osborn

President of the Methodist Conference

Revd Dr Kirsty Thorpe

Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church

Revd Jonathan Edwards

General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain