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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Christian Aid – Harvest Appeal

If you’re unfortunate to be born into the wrong caste in India, today, you’ll probably face a lifetime of injustice.  This was the situation facing Kasthuri and her young son. Kasthuri is a Dalit – the lowest caste – and she has faced prejudice throughout her life.  When she chose to marry against her parents’ […]

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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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Brexit

The situation continues to change surrounding Brexit. There has been a shift from discussing the problems that need to be solved to leave smoothly, to focusing on the political tactics to achieve any departure.  We are all participants in this and there is no ‘independent’ point from which any of us can view the situation.  […]

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The Feast of St Michael

Mary Evans, my long-serving and much-loved predecessor in the Ely Pastorate, had her roots in the Vale of Glamorgan farming community. She used to complain that the city churches’ harvest celebrations didn’t coincide with the actual harvesting of the Welsh countryside’s crops. The reaping, binding and threshing of harvesting apparently belonged more properly to late […]

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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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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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