Facing up to climate change in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a country that seems to live with serious challenges – challenges that are political, economic and social.  But an additional threat over the last year has been on the extreme weather front.  Severe drought has affected much of the country and a cyclone left a wake of destruction. Learning to live with the […]

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What is our harvest?

Recently Martha reminded us that there are some parts in the Bible that we are all perhaps even a bit too familiar with, as they get revisited all the time.  On the other hand we have sections like today that, when opening the lectionary to put together a service, can be a bit discomfiting. What […]

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Pride

On 24th August Cardiff celebrated Pride, a celebration of the LGBT+ community.  It is worth reflecting that it has now been three years since the URC voted to allow its churches to decide whether they want to register to perform marriages of same-sex couples. Cumnor URC, in Oxford, was one of the first congregations to […]

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Burial

‘Our God is God not of the dead, but of the living’ (Mk. 12:27.) The other day I was reading an act passed by Parliament in January 1645: “An Ordinance for taking away the Book of Common Prayer, and for establishing and putting in execution of the Directory for the publique worship of God.”  When […]

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Climate Change

The government has announced tougher plans to tackle climate change by pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by, the year 2050. Under the 2008 Climate Change Act, MPs agreed to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, but this will now change under the terms of the new law. The […]

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Friends and Neighbours

Our FAN (Friends and Neighbours) group is open to anyone friendly from around the corner or around the world.  If you are feeling a little lonely, are new to the area or learning English you will be especially welcome.  We are a friendly group of men and women who gather each Saturday ready for 11 […]

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Wrecks: Signs of the times

Crowds looked on in shock as flames swept through the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame ‘the Soul of Paris’ said one report.  Some wept, other knelt in prayer, while rich men searched for their cheque books. Grenfell Tower stands alone, embalmed, in Central London.  Coventry Cathedral, bombed during the Second World War.  In the debris […]

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Cyclone Idai

More than 2 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  An estimated 80,000 people have been displaced and at least 240 people have been killed.  The death toll is rising fast, with over 1,000 predicted lost. Christian Aid is already on the ground in Malawi and Zimbabwe.  In Malawi, […]

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Chocolate

As we approach Easter and chocolate sales boom spare a minute for the cocoa farmers, many of whom earn less than they need to survive.  Fairtrade Fortnight took place in March and brought many of these issues into sharp focus, but it’s important to remember that we can make a difference year-round by supporting Fairtrade […]

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