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URC curates Fairtrade Fortnight service

The Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, who leads Commitment for Life, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) global justice programme, has curated the Fairtrade Foundation’s online Ecumenical Service of Worship, for Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February to 7 March). Created in collaboration with other Christian organisations, the service can be downloaded from the Fairtrade Foundation’s website from 25 January, and is scheduled to be a key part of the Foundation’s online festival – a series of digital events organised for the first time this year. Read More … … Continue reading

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UK climate commitments: where are we up to?

Where are we at with the UK’s climate commitments? It is hard to predict what 2021 will be shaped by, but it is undoubtable that the impact of COP26 at the end of this year will be significant. The very … Continue reading

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URC remembers Ruth Clarke, 1935-2021

Ruth Clarke, a trailblazer for all sorts of issues, especially the representation of women and young people in the Church and for the ecumenical movement, died on 11 January aged 85. A former Moderator of the General Assembly United Reformed Church (URC), Ruth was heavily involved with the creation of the Windermere Centre and served as its Assistant Director. It was during her time there that one of her daughters, Hannah, died in a motorcycle accident. This led to the creation of the Hannah Fund, which supported people wanting to visit the centre and the Hannah Wing, a suite for disabled… Continue reading

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URC Elder gains award in new year honours list

Congratulations to Alan King, an Elder at Barnet United Reformed Church, who was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to young people in the London Borough of Barnet in the new year honours list. After joining the Boys’ Brigade at the age of eight, and then become a leader at 18, Alan became Captain of 1st Barnet Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association in 1977. He has served in this voluntary position for 44 years. Alan says the award was unexpected. Read More … … Continue reading

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URC minister’s hospital chaplaincy team wins award

The University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire’s (UHCW) Chaplaincy Team has won the ‘Chief Executive Award’ in the hospital’s Outstanding Service and Care Awards (OSCAs) 2020. The team includes the United Reformed Church (URC’s) Revd Paul Holmes, who serves as Chaplain … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Mighty God

The year 2020 has been filled with ups and downs and uncertainties, but I am grateful to be alive today and to share my story with all of you. I am Jessica Bwali from Zambia and I am a journalist … Continue reading

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A prayer as the Brexit transition period ends

God of allAt this moment of changewe pray for our country, our neighbours, and for your kingdom to come. Where there are new freedoms, may they be used with wisdom and compassionWhere there are new barriers, may we not forget … Continue reading

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JPIT’s Review of 2020

2020 has been a strange year, full of news and activities we would never have expected. Looking back, the JPIT team have gathered their favourite books, podcasts, hobbies and more, which got them through this year. Text-only version
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What does Brexit preparedness look like for the EU Settlement Scheme?

We’ve been hearing a lot in the past few months about ‘Brexit preparedness.’ When 2021 starts, the transition period will have ended, and the UK will have left the EU – with or without a deal. The UK Government have been circulating some information about what Brexit preparedness might look like for individuals and businesses […]
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Advent 3: Everlasting Father

“I ain’t going back to the streets” I have been working in homeless services for over 15 years, and since March I have seen a real difference in services. From day one of lockdown we saw agencies across the sector really coming together. I was asked to help manage a hotel for people who have been rough-sleeping […]
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