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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

Lisa Oakley pcrThe United Reformed Church has extended its Past Case Review (PCR) deadline to 30 June 2017 and issued new resources to help churches and individuals acknowledge past abuses, show Christian love and build a stronger, safer Church community.

Review organisers have urged all within the URC to spread the word about it so that the Church can learn from the past and do better in the future. The new resources – a poster, church magazine article, and statement for churches – are now available here. The second phase of PCR, launched in October last year, sees the public being invited to raise concerns formally about the behaviour, or conduct, of anyone affiliated with the URC since its formation in 1972. Concerns may involve all forms of abuse, including sexual, financial, spiritual, psychological and emotional.

Read more: Past Case Review: ‘Learn from the past and make the future better’

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

Smile

It’s the final booking countdown for the United Reformed Church Big Day Out at Warwick Castle on Saturday 20 May 2017. All booking forms need to be returned by 31 March at the latest; have you made sure of your place yet?

A highlight of the event, organised by Pilots for the whole Church, will be the festival on the Castle’s Pageant Field, taking place between 10am and 5pm. Activities, games and workshops will tell of the role which feasts, festivals and celebration play in sharing the Kingdom of God – both within the URC and beyond.

Read more: Don’t miss out on festival of faith and fun at Big Day Out!