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coming together News images 554x415Celebrating the rich diversity of culture in Wales, and the unity of humanity, was at the heart of an intercultural celebration at St David’s Uniting Church, Pontypridd, earlier this month.

The Together Stronger (Gorau Chwarae Cyd Chwarae) programme of events, from 9 to 12 March, aimed to affirm that every person – whatever their gender, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality or status – is a much-loved child of God and should be treated as such.

Read more: Breaking down barriers to become ‘Together Stronger’

Mothering News images 554x415What does it mean to truly be a mum? Commitment-phobe looks at what can we learn from the best-known of all biblical mothers about this most challenging of roles?

As a mum, I regularly feel like I am falling short and, rarely, do I remember to pat myself on the back. Using Mary, the mother of Jesus, as my Christian example of motherhood is, I have found, not so helpful. She had it rough, and she never complained. There are no reports of her dumping Jesus into Joseph’s arms when he got back from a day of carpentry and, as she opened a carafe of wine, saying: ‘Your turn now!' When I lose my temper, having been asked for the 20th time for a pair of shoes to be put on, I have the little voice of Paul in my ears saying: ‘Love is patient.’ (1 Corinthians 13) Well, in my house it isn’t, Paul!

Read more: Mothering Sunday reflection: on a journey as a mum

The moderators of General Assembly, Alan Yates and Kevin Watson, offer a prayer for us all, in the aftermath of yesterday’s attack on Westminster.

Dear Lord,

Our hearts go out to all those directly or indirectly affected by the atrocities in London yesterday. We pray especially for those killed or injured by this senseless and indiscriminate violence, and for their family and friends. God who cares, we particularly remember the family and friends of PC Keith Palmer.

Read more: A prayer for the world