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View in browser   |   Forward to a friend 23 May 2019 Hello everyone and welcome to ‘The Week Ahead’. Jillian Moody will be staffing the out-of-hours media emergency support line on 020 7467 5170. Wishing you all a wonderful … Continue reading

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Time to rethink benefit sanctions says churches

A coalition of churches is calling for an independent review into benefit sanctions, saying recent changes to the system will not fundamentally change the impact on struggling families. The government announced an end to benefit sanctions lasting longer than six months, but the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) (representing the Methodist Church, the United Reformed… Continue reading

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Joint Public Issues Team Blog

Joint Public Issues Team Blog Universal Credit: what you won’t read in the DWP’s “Myth Busting” advertorials Posted: 22 May 2019 03:48 AM PDT Today there is a good news story about Universal Credit on the front page of newspapers. … Continue reading

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Joint Public Issues Team Blog

Joint Public Issues Team Blog Turning up when it’s difficult Posted: 17 May 2019 07:13 AM PDT I have never approached the final few days of any election period without a clear idea in my head of how to vote. … Continue reading

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Mission Council May 13-15 May 2019

The spring meeting of Mission Council, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) executive body of the General Assembly, opened on 13 May at High Leigh Conference Centre, in Hoddesdon. Session oneIt began with worship led by the Revd David Coaker, Chaplain to Derek Estill, Moderator of General Assembly. The Revd Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster College,… Continue reading

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Churches issue call to ‘Think, Pray and Vote’ ahead of EU elections

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) has published a resource to encourage church members to engage with the coming European elections. JPIT represents the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, working together for peace and justice. Read More … Continue reading

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The Week Ahead

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Mission Council round up day three: 15 May 2019

Session nineWorship and Bible studyThe last day of Mission Council’s business began with worship led by the Revd David Coaker, Chaplain to the Moderator of General Assembly. The Revd Neil Thorogood spoke to Mission Council on the parable of the prodigal son, illustrated by Sieger Köder’s painting of the story, ‘Home’. He invited representatives to… Continue reading

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URC votes unanimously to divest from fossil fuel companies

The United Reformed Church (URC) has unanimously approved a proposal to divest from fossil fuel companies.   The Revd Dr David Pickering, Moderator of the URC National Synod of Scotland, presented the resolution at the meeting of the URC Mission Council, which took place at the High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, from May 13-15. He was… Continue reading

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Mission Council round up day two: 14 May 2019

Day two of the spring meeting of Mission Council opened with worship. The theme of the Revd Neil Thorogood’s Tuesday morning Bible study was ‘listening to God speaking to us through each other.’ Using a reading from the Gospel of John about Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at the well, along with the painting ‘Insight’… Continue reading

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