Category Archives: News from the URC

A reflection on Brexit on 29 March

On the symbolic date of 29 March, when the nation expected to be leaving the European Union, Simeon Mitchell, URC Secretary for Church and Society, offers this reflection. If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house … Continue reading

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Report slams Home Office for immigration failures

The Home Office has been criticised by MPs for ‘utterly failing’ in its responsibilities to monitor the safe and humane detention of individuals in the UK and for showing ‘a shockingly cavalier attitude’ to people’s basic rights. Published on 21 … Continue reading

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Cyclone Idai: an urgent call to help and show love

Christians are being encouraged to help those whose lives have been devastated by a killer cyclone. Cyclone Idai, named after the Shona (a Zimbabwean dialect) word for ‘love’, crashed into south-east Africa on 14 March. Catastrophic damage was caused to … Continue reading

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Church leaders’ call to prayer ahead of Brexit

As the UK approaches the date it is scheduled to leave the European Union, the Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE), together with its partners Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), are calling all churches to prayer. From … Continue reading

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A prayer for victims of mass shooting in New Zealand

The Revd Philip Brooks, United Reformed Church Secretary for Ecumenical Interfaith Relations, has offered a prayer for the victims of a terrorist attack that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, today (Friday 15 March). As Muslims gathered at two mosques … Continue reading

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New film explores the holy habit of prayer

A series of short films, produced by the United Reformed Church (URC), which explores themes from the book Holy Habits, continues with the Holy Habit of Prayer. In the film, Holy Habits author, Andrew Roberts, says that prayer can ‘sometimes be as … Continue reading

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‘How many more?’ A response to knife crime

Karen Campbell, a United Reformed Church (URC) Related Community Worker (CRCW) for Grassroots – a Luton-based ecumenical charity that supports community work through its involvement with the Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches (BPBHCC) – reflects on the tragic and violent … Continue reading

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Shrove Tuesday: pancakes and prayers

Andy Jackson, Head of Communications for the United Reformed Church (URC), shares some memories from past pancake days along with recipes from around the world and a prayer for those running Shrove Tuesday events at churches and for those who … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday: on the threshold of a season of sorrow

The Revd Richard Church, Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship), reflects on society’s desire for instant gratification as Christians around the world prepare for a time of reflection, preparation and sacrifice. The practicing of ‘ashing’, the marking of a cross in ash … Continue reading

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The Revd Arnold Harrison, 1943-2019

It is with deep sadness that the United Reformed Church (URC) announces the death of the Revd Arnold Harrison. Arnold served as Moderator of the Yorkshire Synod, Clerk of the North Western Province, Secretary of the Nominations Committee, Minister of … Continue reading

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