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Mugabe 2The moderator of the URC’s Eastern Synod, which has enjoyed a ten-year partnership with the Presbytery of Zimbabwe, has lent his support to the country’s Christian leaders who recently called for ‘peace and calm’. 

The Revd Paul Whittle was speaking after Zimbabwe’s army took control of the country, put veteran President Robert Mugabe under house arrest and announced it was targeting ‘criminals’ around him. 

His own party, Zanu-PF, has now stripped him of the party leadership, yet he remains determined to cling onto power.

Read more: URC moderator backs Zimbabwe Christian leaders’ call for peace

Refugees are human beings credit HaeferlAn initiative calling for improved rights and better support for ‘stateless’ people has been backed by members of the United Reformed Church.

Francis Brienen, Deputy General Secretary (Mission), John Collings, lay preacher for Rutherglen URC, South Lanarkshire, the Revd Fleur Houston, member of Macclesfield and Bollington URC who works on the advocacy wing of the Churches Refugee, the Revd David Pickering, Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland, and the Revd Dr Noel Irwin, Tutor in public theology and church related community work at Northern College, have joined more than 100 religious and faith leaders in signing a statement urging the UK government to do more to welcome those who no longer have a country to call their home. 

Read more: URC members back initiative supporting ‘stateless’ people

Interfaith Scotland group photo with Scottish flagTo celebrate Inter Faith Week from 12 to 19 November, the Revd Lindsey Sanderson of the Hamilton and East Kilbride Joint Pastorate, reflects on an evening of faith and fellowship held at Rutherglen URC, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow.

Jointly organised by the National Synod of Scotland and their Muslim friends at the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS), around 60 members of both groups enjoyed the gathering.

Read more: Scotland celebrates an evening of interfaith and fellowship

Interfaith group on stairsURC Church House provided the venue for the formal launch of this year’s Inter Faith Week in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which runs from 12 to 19 November, as does Scottish Inter Faith Week.  

More than thirty members of the Inter Faith Network’s Faith Communities Forum, gathered to share news and events with one another, as well as swap information about faith and community related initiatives.

Read more: Inter Faith Week launches at Church House