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Constance Coltman centenary celebrations

On 17 September 2017, the United Reformed Church and the Congregational Federation in the UK will mark the centenary of the ordination of Constance Coltman as a Congregational minister. She was the first woman to be ordained in a mainstream British denomination – and she continued her pioneering role by remaining active in ministry as a married woman and mother. Her courage showed from the start in the sacrificial ministry she shared with her husband in London Docklands. A committed pacifist and suffragist, she was also an early supporter of birth control. With clear views on women’s history and role in the Church, Constance Coltman did much to promote women’s ordination across the churches, at home and abroad.

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Spread the word about Past Case Review

Learn from the past and make the future better’ – that’s the challenge to the URC from Dr Lisa Oakley, in the light of the denomination’s Past Case Review (PCR), now running to 30 June 2017. Dr Oakley is leader of the UK’s only undergraduate course in Abuse Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. In this podcast she asks everyone in the URC to tell others about the Review. Listen now – and read more here.

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