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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Homelessness Outreach

There have been a number of changes at City URC over the last few months, noticeably in the garden and on the front doors. This work has been carried out by our very hard working homeless friends with support from City and Cardiff City Council.  The project has been flourishing and provides an opportunity for us […]

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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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Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid week takes place on 12th – 18th May 2019 and this year it reflects upon Sierra Leone, which is the worlds most dangerous place to give birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds. Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby […]

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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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War Doctor

I’ve just finished reading David Nott’s recently published book War Doctor. It has left me profoundly moved by his accounts of trauma surgery in some of the worst conflict zones in the world.  His humanitarian stories entailing accounts of putting bodies back together again after horrendous injuries caused by, for example barrel bombs in Syria, […]

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How many more?

Karen Campbell, a United Reformed Church (URC) Related Community Worker for Grassroots, a Luton-based ecumenical charity that supports community work through its involvement with the Bury Park Beech Hill Council of Churches, reflects on the tragic and violent loss of teenagers due to knife crime. Karen’s poem is a response to a Huffington Post article […]

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