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This Saturday, 27 June, the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church will be meeting for a one-day, one-issue Assembly, at Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham.

The General Assembly is the executive body of the United Reformed Church and usually meets biennially to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world. This next meeting of General Assembly will be solely concerned with the marriage of same-sex couples. General Assembly first discussed the issue at its July 2014 meeting. Since then a Church-wide consultation has been held and the matter is returning to General Assembly for a decision to be made.

Read more: United Reformed Church General Assembly to meet to discuss the marriage of same-sex couples

Faber childrenThe Revd Steve Faber currently serves at Boston and Riverside Church, Sleaford, as well as being East Midland Synod’s mission enabler; in September he will be inducted as moderator of West Midlands Synod. He is also the father of six children – which is why we thought he’d be the perfect person to write a Father’s Day reflection.

Read more: Writing the book on Fatherhood

CA interns pic with Andrew WestonFifteen young Christian Aid Collective interns, including Andrew Weston, the moderator of the United Reformed Church Youth Assembly, are gearing themselves up for a person-powered 1,000-mile feat of endurance which will end when they join up being part of a 10,000 strong lobby of parliament today, 17 June.

The interns are to stage a walking/cycling relay between Christian Aid offices the length of the country, before converging on Westminster to lobby MPs on the importance of tackling climate change.

Read more: Youth Assembly moderator takes on climate challenge

Refugee image1As we mark Refugee Week (15 to 21 June), Rosie Buxton, who has served as a church related community worker in the Synod of Wales since 2006 and is currently working with the Swansea CRCW regional project, reflects on what it really means to be a refugee.

“Can you imagine how it would feel to be faced with such danger that you had to leave the life you have known and flee to a foreign country? Can you imagine the fear and grief and loss and loneliness? And can you then imagine finally arriving in your new home, and being made to feel distinctly unwelcome?

Read more: Diversity makes for a rich tapestry