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Reaction to the Budget

In this Budget, the Chancellor faced the difficult task of setting financial and economic priorities at a time when unprecedented support has been needed, and continues to be needed, to help the country get through the pandemic. As well as … Continue reading

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An introduction to the 2021 elections

There are elections happening across England, Wales and Scotland on Thursday 6 May. What are the Churches doing? In terms of the number of eligible voters it will be the biggest expression of democratic opinion outside a UK General Election. … Continue reading

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Methodist Church stands in solidarity with Myanmar

02 March 2021 The Methodist Church in Britain is standing in solidarity with its partner churches in Myanmar following the coup that occurred in the country at the start of February. Since the coup, there have been violent scenes in … Continue reading

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What does the URC believe?

what do we believe news bannerThe Revd Dr Robert Pope, Convenor of the United Reformed Church (URC’s) Faith & Order Committee, is Editor of a new series which explain what the denomination believes.

The series covers subjects including God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Baptism, Creation, Being Human, Holy Communion, Salvation, the Church and the Future.

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Prioritise vaccination of all vulnerable people ‘wherever they are in the world’

Very Rev Dr Susan Brown, convener of the Faith Impact Forum, asks whether the UK, which has a population of 68.2 million people, should be doing more to ensure that developing countries are able to properly protect vulnerable people and … Continue reading

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URC member becomes Rector of Edinburgh University

Debora Kayembe news bannerA human rights lawyer who began attending the United Reformed Church as a refugee has been named rector of Edinburgh University.

Debora Kayembe fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2005 after a criminal investigation into war crimes led her to being persecuted as a lawyer.

When she first moved to the UK, she became a member of Trinity United Church in Darwen Lancashire, but since 2011 has lived in Scotland.

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URC and PCT to mark centenary of the death of Dr James L Maxwell

PCT James Maxwell news bannerThe centenary of the death of James Laidlaw Maxwell, regarded by many as the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) denomination, will be commemorated on 6 March.

The PCT and the United Reformed Church (URC) are close international partners. To mark the event, the PCT and the URC Taiwanese Fellowship in London are holding a thanksgiving service on 6 March at 11am via Zoom.

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Give thanks for your vaccine through URC fundraiser

Ibrahim is being supported by a Christian Aid project news bannerThe United Reformed Church (URC) is trying to raise £5,000 for its ‘Give Thanks for Your Vaccine’ fundraising campaign, developed with Christian Aid.

So far, £1,300 has been raised.

In the UK, nearly 18million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. But for the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world, there is little hope of a vaccine rollout. These are people who already face lack of water, food, and basic healthcare.

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Buxton URC feeds 5,000 through community project

buxton urc foodA church-based community service set up to distribute surplus food during the pandemic has just served up its 5,000th parcel.

Since the first lockdown began last March, Waste Not Want Not, based at Buxton United Reformed Church (URC), has given away thousands of pounds worth of food to the local community, some of which would have ended up in landfill.

The project is led by church member Cath Sterndale and her son Dan who first came up with the idea four years ago.

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Community Project Awards 2021: Where hope is found

The Ask Centre rhylThe deadline to enter the United Reformed Church (URC’s) 2021 Community Project Awards is fast approaching.

Run by the URC in collaboration with Congregational, one of the UK’s leading church insurance providers, the awards recognise innovative community projects that have a positive effect on local communities.

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