Single Use Plastic

Single use plastics have found their way into every part of our life, they are easily disposable, pervasive and carry long term environmental consequences. It’s almost impossible to really understand how a bag, tray, straw, water bottle or toothbrush could out live us and carry on damaging the natural world, but this is the legacy […]

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Commitment for Life

Christian Aid’s chief executive Amanda Mukwashi praised the work of Commitment for Life when she gave a rousing speech at this year’s URC General Assembly in early July. She called it a model of positive partnership that had raised millions of pounds for Christian Aid. She said the 25th anniversary of CforL marked ‘25 years […]

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Maudelias Foundation

As you may know, our chosen church charity this year is the Maudelias Foundation, and we wanted to give the church an update on our activities. We officially constituted the charity earlier this year, we have chosen a Small Charities constitution to use, and have four Trustees; three are City URC members and one other […]

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The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed. The gardener’s nightmare. Once sown it grows quickly, reproduces itself, and  is very difficult to get rid of. The Japanese knot weed comes to mind. ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?’ Jesus asks. A giant oak tree, or a cedar of […]

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Groups in Focus: Affinity Choir

Wales is known as the ‘Land of Song’ and with over 300 choirs, it’s easy to see why.   When we founded Affinity Female Voice Choir we aimed to provide something different for local women who wanted to sing, perform and make friends. Our association with the URC is a huge part of what we have […]

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HYBU

Every Thursday evening, the Upper Room is full of young people aged 16-18 drawn from five schools and colleges in Cardiff, who come together to train and plan. What for?   You could ask.   Well, they are the Cardiff part of our Hybu Pobl Ifanc programme. Hybu is a local charity which works with young people […]

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Digital Painting

When I first started making digital paintings five years ago I would never have thought that my hobby could become a way to help others – yet now, five years later, I can say that this has happened and it has been the most beautiful surprise.   When I started I could barely come to terms […]

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Reflections on Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe at a glance after the coup (not a coup) Zimbabwe had to endure 37 years of one-way policy-making – unchecked decision-making and among many minuses no freedom of speech, association and no rule of law whatsoever.  Freedom of speech and rule of law are a nation-building assets that most democracies have invested in.  The […]

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Advent Reflections

“A prison cell in which the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside, isn’t a bad picture of Advent”. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison Imagine Imagine a room. The doors and windows are locked. Voices echo around the room. Hopes and fears. Waiting, hoping. A room. The world’s space. […]

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Our Witness

Recently one of our members gave us the white envelope with our name on it, asking us to write what/why we came to City URC.  Well, recently, I had the chance to write my story of how I came back to Christianity and it was because of City URC. At The Gathering last year, we […]

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