United Reformed Church goes online for Lent

Lent2014Throughout the period of Lent the United Reformed Church will be sharing resources via social media to enable online spaces of contemplation. Resources will include poems, quotes, reflections, paintings, prayers and Bible studies and will be available on the URC Facebook and twitter pages.

 

United Reformed Church nominates its next General Secretary

general secretaryFollowing the resignation of the Revd Roberta Rominger in November 2013, the General Secretary Nomination Group of the United Reformed Church has been seeking her successor.

 

 

Planting poppies for peace and remembrance

poppy seeds handsThe United Reformed Church is encouraging churches and individuals across the three nations to plant red and white poppies on Good Friday and/or during Holy Week to mark the 100 year commemoration of the declaration of the First World War.

 

Away with discrimination and hatred

stop hatingThe United Reformed Church is encouraging its young people aged between 11 and 25 years, to enter a short article competition on the theme “away with discrimination and hatred”.

 

Wondering how to vote in European elections in May?” ask Churches

european electionsChurches are urging people to vote in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May and have produced a document outlining important issues for the election with the aim of boosting turnout and encouraging people to reflect on their vote.

 

 

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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