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.

 

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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URC Logo 300The ZI (Zero Intolerance) steering group, together with the liaison group, met for the final time on the afternoon of 29 March 2012. Following the Mission Council decision of 23 March 2012 to terminate the ZI initiative, it is no longer a project of the URC and no more money will be spent on it (although all associated costs up to and including the cost of yesterday’s meeting will be paid in full).

Recognising that Mission Council had “strongly encouraged churches to continue to work on developing their radical welcome, recognising the synergy with Vision 2020 outcomes” those present discussed ways in which this could be done, including the use of the training materials developed for and by the ZI initiative. The group decided that the best way to facilitate this, whilst keeping the integrity of radical welcome intact, was to offer all URC synods an adapted companions’ scheme. This scheme will make use of much of the existing material and include the external support of a companion. It will be supported by the education and learning office at United Reformed Church House and report to both the education and learning committee and the mission committee. Those synods/churches interested in this should contact Fiona Thomas, secretary for education and learning, on companions@urc.org.uk

All present were completely clear about Mission Council’s termination of the initiative and the bald fact that no more URC resources are to be used in association with the ZI initiative. However, some individuals felt that the advertising materials are too good to lose and are exploring the possibility of it becoming an ecumenical, independent initiative, with no formal ties to the United Reformed Church.