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Safeguarding Webinars

12 January 2022 Trigger warning: this post contains content about childhood abuse The Methodist Survivors’ Advisory Group and the Safeguarding Team at the Methodist Church have arranged two webinars, Speaking Truth – Voices of Survivors of Childhood Abuse which will … Continue reading

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“We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

On Monday, Russia, United States, China, UK and France came together to state that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. The ‘Reagan Gorbachev principle’, as it has become known, may seem to be a fairly … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

26 December 2021 Church leaders have reacted to the news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The Revd Sonia Hicks, President of the Methodist Conference, said: “As a Black Christian, I grew up aware that the late Archbishop Desmond … Continue reading

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JPIT’s Review of 2021

2021 has brought more unexpected twists and turns. As it rolls to a close, the JPIT staff reflect on the things which brought them some joy this year (and offer some recommendations!). Wishing you a joyful and peaceful Christmas, from … Continue reading

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Excrescences and Performative Cruelty

The former Welfare Reform minster has described two of his own policies as “excrescences” that were made into law because they were popular. The phrase “Performative Cruelty” has been used to describe such policies and most recently in describing the … Continue reading

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Covid Plan B: Synod moderators’ updated guidance

resized image PromoWith the Prime Minister confirming that England will move to the government’s “Plan B” in light of the spread of the Omicron variant, the United Reformed Church Synod Moderators have updated their guidance issued on 29 November, as follows: 

  • The wearing of face coverings in church will become mandatory in England, bringing England into line with existing restrictions in Scotland and Wales. Medical exemptions will, we understand, continue to apply, but in light of the rapid spread of the latest variant we would ask members to consider whether they have a genuine medical reason not to wear a face covering, rather than a preference.

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URC Youth backs ban on conversion therapy

Conversion ehimetalor akhere unuabona 5CIWigLSd7I unsplashThe United Reformed Church (URC) Youth Executive has condemned practices known as ‘conversion therapy’ – sometimes called ‘reparative therapy’ or ‘gay cure therapy’ – as unethical and potentially harmful.

The Youth Executive, the URC’s decision-making body made up of young people and adults, expressed the view through the UK government’s consultation on the practice, and echoes the sentiment of the emergency resolution agreed at the URC’s Assembly Executive, held from 22-24 November, which called on members and Ministers to refuse to offer, or to participate in offering, conversion therapy in any form.

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The cost of a decent life

As I write Christmas is only 21 sleeps away! I’m not too stressed about Christmas; I have already bought my train ticket home and I have had some good ideas about presents that I am going to buy members of … Continue reading

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URC training workshops praised

Jenny Sam web“The workshops were most helpful”, “I found the steep learning curve needed”, “lots of my questions were answered” are just some of the positive comments received about recent training workshops.

In collaboration with Education and Learning, the United Reformed Church (URC’s) Children’s and Youth Work offered a series of eight workshops over the summer and autumn, designed to build skills, confidence, and capacity in communications.

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Nationality and Borders Bill – Write to your MP ahead of the Report stage

On 7th and 8th December, the Nationality and Borders Bill will be the focus of debate in the House of Commons. At this stage in the process (the Report stage), MPs can submit amendments, speak to those amendments selected for … Continue reading

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