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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City URC Timeline

At the beginning of 2018 the members and friends of City URC began to reflect on their shared history and thoughts for the future.  Their stories were collected and presented as a ‘timeline’ on the wall in the main Church, excerpts from which will be serialised here. My church. History. I was taken to Charles […]

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City URC Timeline

At the beginning of 2018 the members and friends of City URC began to reflect on their shared history and thoughts for the future.  Their stories were collected and presented as a ‘timeline’ on the wall in the main Church, excerpts from which will be serialised here. When I resigned my valleys pastorate to become […]

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City URC Timeline

At the beginning of 2018 the members and friends of City URC began to reflect on their shared history and thoughts for the future.  Their stories were collected and presented as a ‘timeline’ on the wall in the main Church, excerpts from which will be serialised here. I first came to United Reform during the […]

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City URC Timeline

At the beginning of 2018 the members and friends of City URC began to reflect on their shared history and thoughts for the future.  Their stories were collected and presented as a ‘timeline’ on the wall in the main Church, excerpts from which will be serialised here. After completing a 20 year ministry at Beulah, […]

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