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Francis and RichardNews of Walking the Way has been rumbling through the denomination for the past few months – with the introductory leaflet and the initial resources already available online.

Yet Advent marks the official launch of the URC’s new focus on lifelong Christian discipleship, and Francis Brienen, Deputy General Secretary (Mission), and Richard Church, Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship), explain what Walking the Way is, and what resources are planned for the coming months.  

They say: ‘Walking the Way explores what it means to actively follow and learn from – and to be eventually transformed by – Christ.  It’s for everyone at any stage of the Christian journey – whoever you are, whatever your existing relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church is, whatever your personal circumstances. While there’s nothing new about being a disciple of Christ, we’re confident that there is something new about Walking the Way – in its accessible approach and in the wide range of supporting resources produced and planned.

Read more: It's here! Walking the Way launches

Bishop Latimer female gardenersAn overgrown plot of land behind a church building, has been transformed into a thriving community space.

Bishop Latimer Community Garden was set up by Bishop Latimer United Church, Winson Green, Birmingham, with the help of Birmingham City Council, local schools and the Soho Sure Start Centre in 2009.

According to church related community worker, Adella Pritchard, the garden has now become an integral part of the local area.

Read more: Disused plot turned into thriving community space

Invest in Peace speakers credit John RifkinHaving visited the Holy Land three years ago, and seen the effect of the conflict and its impact on ordinary people, Linda Rayner, United Reformed Church Coordinator for Fresh Expressions, shares how Israelis and Palestinians came together at a Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) peace event in Manchester on 12 November. 

The PCFF is a joint Palestinian and Israeli organisation made up of more than 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. 

At the heart of the work of PCFF is a desire to end the conflict that has caused much suffering — and a belief that reconciliation is the first, necessary step. The event in Manchester, along with similar ones in Leeds and Glasgow, helps to give people a platform to talk, and was a continuation of a series held earlier this year in London for which the URC provided some funding along with the Methodist Church.

Read more: Parents cry same tears at Israeli and Palestinian peace event

Holy Habits book cover 2The idea for Holy Habits first came about when I sat down to tackle an MA essay question: ‘To what extent do we see the picture that Luke paints in Acts 2:42-47 re-emerging in fresh expressions of church today?’ That really made me think! The phrase ‘holy habits’ describes the practices we see in Acts 2 and I began to intentionally link the passage to the nurturing of discipleship – focusing on discipleship supported by Church but not limited to it. Discipleship is lived in the whole of life, not just in the times that we gather as Church.

Read more: Author shares inspiration behind Holy Habits