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URC issues statement expressing shock at events in Myanmar

Myanmar Military coup statement credit Gayatri Malhotra UnsplashMembers of the United Reformed Church (URC) have expressed shock and dismay at recent events taking place in Myanmar, starting with the military coup on 1 February.

Speak out for those who cannot speak,
    for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously,
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

(Proverbs 31:8-9)

We have listened – almost in disbelief – to reports of unarmed civilian protesters, including children, being killed indiscriminately by members of the Myanmar Armed Forces. We are outraged by the blatant disregard for the welfare, safety and wellbeing of Myanmar’s citizens displayed by the military regime which claims to be “on the side of the people”, and the callous behaviour of military leaders in light of the violence used to suppress the nationwide protests resulting in the deaths of more than 100 protesters on a single day (27 March).

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An Update on the 2021 Methodist Conference

29 March 2021 The Conference Arrangements Committee has reviewed its plans for the 2021 Conference in the light of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Given that the Government’s roadmap anticipates that no earlier than 21 June all legal limits … Continue reading

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Government urged to act now to prevent more harm from gambling

resized image Promo 40Churches and charities have joined together to urge the UK government to act decisively and urgently in tackling the harm caused by gambling. They issued the following statement ahead of the deadline for submissions to a review of the Gambling Act:

Our Churches and charities, which will all be making submissions to the UK government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act, have united to call on the government to treat gambling as a public health issue. Gambling related harms affect families, communities, colleagues and friends as well as individuals, and can cause mental and physical ill health, indebtedness, family breakdown and most tragically may even result in suicide. 

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Psalm Sunday: What kingdom do we seek?

Jesus on a donkey credit Copyright Stephen Craven CC2.0Given today’s political climate in the UK and around the world, the Revd Dr John Bradbury, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, reflects on how Palm Sunday is a poignant time for us to ask: “What type of world do we want to live in?”

Do we want to be led by the sweeping force of populist nationalism when history and the Bible has already warned us what the outcome will be or do we want to work towards what God in Christ would have us overcome?:

“Hosanna!”, they cried. A whipped-up crowd can be an exciting and intoxicating experience. It can be a toxic experience.

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New from URC Publishing: Constance – Pioneer, Pastor, Preacher

Constance coverConstance – Pioneer, Pastor, Preacher – edited by the Revd Dr Janet Wootton – is a celebration of pioneers – of one in particular: the Revd Constance Coltman, but also many wonderful pioneers in our own day, women and men. 

The book is published by the United Reformed Church (URC) on behalf of the Council for World Mission, the Congregational Federation and the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women.

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URC Church and Society Secretary to lead JPIT for two years

Simeon Mitchell webSimeon Mitchell, the URC’s Secretary for Church and Society, is to become Team Leader of the ecumenical Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT).

JPIT is a ground-breaking ecumenical enterprise, drawing together the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Methodist Church, United Reformed Church and Church of Scotland. The Team supports churches and Christians in working for justice and peace. Recent campaigns cover issues including climate change, household debt, asylum policies and economic renewal.

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Churches and charities warn Government to act now to prevent more harm from gambling

25 March 2021 Churches and charities have joined together to urge the UK Government to act decisively and urgently in tackling the harm caused by gambling.  They issued the following statement ahead of the deadline for submissions to a review … Continue reading

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Methodist Church to start major new project on being a justice-seeking Church

25 March 2021 The Methodist Church is to commit to a two-year project looking at how the Church speaks out on social issues and challenges injustices. The project will be led by Rachel Lampard and aims to make the Church … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday: The April Fool

Maundy Thursday credit Catholic Church of EnglandThis year, Maundy Thursday and April Fool’s Day falls on the same day, 1 April. The Revd Adrian Bulley, United Reformed Church Assistant General Secretary, reflects on this juxtaposition:

As a child and teenager, even as a young adult, I used to look forward to this date in the calendar, planning for weeks beforehand how it might be marked.

I’m talking, of course, about April Fool’s Day. The day when nothing can be taken at face value.

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Report from the Methodist Council, March 2021

24 March 2021 The Methodist Council met online between March 20th and 22nd and opened with reports from the Strategy and Resources Committee and the Connexional Team. The Revd Tim Swindell was nominated as Connexional Treasurer and Chair of the … Continue reading

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