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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

Stone Town SlaveA project exploring the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade was launched by the Council for World Mission (CWM) on 12 November.

The hearings centre around the legacies after slavery of place and people, and include acts of lament and repentance, and the sharing of historical and social analysis. 

The programme started with a hearing in London, and three more are planned for 2018 – in Ghana, Jamaica, and the US.

Read more: Project exploring legacies of slavery launches

Leisure Girl Outdoors Beach Praying Person credit maxpixelEvery morning at 6am the United Reformed Church sends out a daily devotion – a reading, reflection and prayer – to more than 1,700 people.

With hundreds more following online and through the dedicated Facebook page, the devotions emphasise the importance of biblical reflection and prayer as a practice of discipleship, and, from 1 December will appear with the Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today branding.

The Revd Richard Church, Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship), explains why. 

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