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david tatem News images 554x415Colleagues and staff, past and present, gathered to say farewell to two United Reformed Church ‘stalwarts’ in July. Wendy Cooper, Administrator for Church and Society (Mission), and the Revd David Tatem, Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, both retired after collectively serving 74 years with the URC.

Wendy, the longest serving member of staff at Church House, retired on 31 July after 36 years’ service with the URC. David was honoured for his 38 years of ministry with the Church.

Wendy’s faithfulness and professionalism in her work spanning more than three decades was at the heart of the tributes during her farewell lunch. Opening the proceedings, Francis Brienen – Deputy General Secretary (Mission) – praised Wendy for having ‘survived’ at least six Church and Society Secretaries and 32 General Assemblies.

Read more: Affectionate farewells to long-serving Church House staff

Migration Matters 554x415The Face to Face programme, ‘Freedom from the clutches of Empire: Face to Face with migration and human trafficking’, took place during June and July in the UK. Hosted by the United Reformed Church, the programme gathered together nine participants from Council for World Mission member churches and ecumenical partners to explore migration and human trafficking. 

Read more: ‘Transformative and inspiring’ Face to Face programme

warning sign 554x415The Revd Craig Muir writes the latest URC blog for Greenbelt. As an Associate Partner of the festival, the URC will this year focus on a theme of More than Welcome.

‘All Welcome’ say church signs. Yet many will have stories of being ignored, barred, dismissed, dismayed. What can we learn from each other? How can we improve the welcome we offer? How can shared experience create communities filled with people who know what it is to belong to a culture of welcome? 

Read more: United Reformed Church asks: ‘Are you really welcome?’

windmere thanksgiving 2 News images 554x415Carver Uniting Church hosted a thanksgiving service on Saturday 15 July for the life of the Windermere Centre, which has closed after 31 years as a much-loved residential training, retreat and hospitality centre for the United Reformed Church.

The congregation represented people from across the denomination, including former staff, members of the Windermere management committee and its predecessors, members and friends of Carver Uniting Church who had volunteered at the centre and supported its work, as well as people who have run and attended courses over the years.

Read more: Thanksgiving service for Windermere Centre: ‘All have played their part’