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Greenbelt festival cancelled for a second year

Greenbelt cancelledThe United Reformed Church (URC) is saddened by the news that this year’s Greenbelt Festival has been cancelled.

Greenbelt had many complex issues to wrestle with in deciding how to plan and deliver the festival and keep people safe.

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Global faith leaders call for an end to vaccine nationalism

Covid jab credit Machau Photo agencyThe United Reformed Church General Assembly Moderators, the Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, joined 143 faith leaders across the world in calling for the production and distribution of enough Covid vaccines for the entire global population.

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Leadership on a Journey

29 April 2021 An exhibition that will showcase the influence of Black British, Asian and British global diaspora leaders on Methodism ‘As shoes for your feet, put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the Gospel of peace.’  Ephesians … Continue reading

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Trussell Trust figures reveal a record number turning to foodbanks during the pandemic

A report published last week by the Trussell Trust reveals a record 2.5 million food parcels were distributed by their network of food banks in the past year. The figure represents a 33% increase on the previous year, including a … Continue reading

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Beware of phishing emails circulating the denomination

bermix studio F7DAQIDSk98 unsplashAndy Jackson, Head of Communications for the United Reformed Church, recently shared news about a phishing attempt from someone claiming to be John Bradbury, the General Secretary of the URC. These emails had been seen before at Church House but this attempt had been sent to others in the wider Church.

Now that these emails seem to be using the names of Synod staff too, Andy shares some tips about how to tell that’s an attempt at fraud and what’s genuine.

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Announcement regarding the Methodist Conference – 24 June – 1 July 2021

27 April 2021 The Hilton Birmingham Metropole has informed us that the hotel will remain closed until September, therefore they are no longer able to accommodate the 2021 Methodist Conference. I want to reassure you that colleagues in the Connexional … Continue reading

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Retired URC minister given prestigious award

Peter Beaman with police officerRetired United Reformed Church (URC) Minister the Revd Peter Beaman MBE has been awarded a Police and Crime Commissioner’s award for his service as a volunteer for Merseyside’s Independent Custody Visiting (ICV) scheme.

The annual Merseyside Police ‘Community First Awards’ recognise police officers, staff, volunteers and community partners for their dedication, bravery and professionalism.

Peter has chaired the ICV scheme since its inception in 1984, organising volunteers to visit police custody suites in Merseyside and ensuring that detainees are treated lawfully and with care and dignity by the police while in custody.

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Hundreds attend the URC Buildings Forum first digital conference

Buildings forum conference 21More than 270 people attended the United Reformed Church Buildings Forum’s first online conference on 19 April.

Guest speakers included Andy Turner from the HeartEdge movement and the Revd Dr John Bradbury, General Secretary of the URC.

In his address, John spoke about how it’s not the building that makes a Church, but its people:

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URC appoints new Deputy General Secretary of Discipleship

Adrian webThe Revd Adrian Bulley, currently Synod Clerk for the United Reformed Church (URC) National Synod of Wales and Convenor of the URC Business Committee, has been appointed the new Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship).

In January, Adrian had been seconded to the role of Assistant General Secretary, for a period of seven months, to assist the Revd Dr John Bradbury, URC General Secretary, who had been covering the deputy role following the retirement of the Revd Richard Church in July 2020.

As interim Assistant General Secretary, Adrian had concentrated on safeguarding as well as other areas of the department.

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Take part in launch event for new Constance Coltman book

Constance coverJoin contributors of Constance – Pioneer, Pastor, Preacher for the book’s official launch on 18 May from 7-8pm (BST/GMT+1).

The contributors will be joined by participants from the Constance Coltman centenary conference, members of the Congregational Federation, the

United Reformed Church (URC), the Council for World Mission and pioneers from around the world.

The event will include speakers, videos, poetry and worship.

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