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Rosie Winn with Labour MPThe Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) has launched Faith in Politics, a new podcast series featuring special guests discussing current affairs that link with faith.

The podcast was created by Helen Byrne and Rachel Allison who are working for the Church as parliamentary interns.

Each monthly episode will be presented by Helen and Rachel - both avid podcast listeners - and will feature lively discussions from the world of politics from a faith viewpoint as well as interviews and a ‘musing slot’, inspired by BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

Read more: Faith in Politics: new monthly podcast launched

Cristina Ciornei with babyA mum-of-one is hoping to save babies’ lives by making special bedding that keeps them at the right temperature as they sleep.

Cristina Ciornei, a member of St John’s United Reformed Church, Northwood, Middlesex, created not-for-profit business ‘Made with love by Criss’ – a range of personalised cotton bedding, with the aim of cutting the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The idea for the project was born while Cristina completed Developing Community Experiences – a Training for Learning and Serving (TLS) course – while preparing for the birth of her first child.

Read more: Blankets made with love to help save newborn's lives

Sav with backgroundI wrote this poem when my son, Sav*, was 10. I was trying to formulate my feelings about the variety of heritages which he carries but which are mostly unremembered. Also to compare the close, eager Christianity of Africa and the Caribbean with the often-chilly faith practised in emptying spaces across the British isles.

As you can see, Sav is grown now. He will be 22 next month. My feelings of gratitude haven't changed about him; nor towards the strands of warmer faith to which he unknowingly connected me. Parents both know, and cannot know, their children. We can grasp much less of their history, or their future, than we wish. The same goes for our religion. I just hope British Christianity warms up a bit.

Read more: A Mixed Race by URC poet-minister Lucy Berry

nina strehl 140734Between 18 to 25 January, Christians the length and breadth of the country will join one another to celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Revd Philip Brooks, Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the United Reformed Church, reflects on how important the week is.

During my time as a student minister, I remember vividly how Christians Together in the town centre of Bolton would cancel Sunday morning worship in their individual churches and hold one united service during this special week. The service would highlight a project where local Christians were engaged in working together to address issues such as homelessness or poverty. It was a powerful act of ecumenical witness and a reminder of the creative force for good that unity in Christ brings.

Read more: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity