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Faber childrenThe Revd Steve Faber currently serves at Boston and Riverside Church, Sleaford, as well as being East Midland Synod’s mission enabler; in September he will be inducted as moderator of West Midlands Synod. He is also the father of six children – which is why we thought he’d be the perfect person to write a Father’s Day reflection.

Read more: Writing the book on Fatherhood

CA interns pic with Andrew WestonFifteen young Christian Aid Collective interns, including Andrew Weston, the moderator of the United Reformed Church Youth Assembly, are gearing themselves up for a person-powered 1,000-mile feat of endurance which will end when they join up being part of a 10,000 strong lobby of parliament today, 17 June.

The interns are to stage a walking/cycling relay between Christian Aid offices the length of the country, before converging on Westminster to lobby MPs on the importance of tackling climate change.

Read more: Youth Assembly moderator takes on climate challenge

Blood imageChurches of all denominations are encouraging donations of a different kind today as clergy and congregations celebrate World Blood Donor Day with their local communities; inviting people to register as blood donors and arranging visits to local blood donor sessions.

Drawing National Blood Week to a close, it is the first time that World Blood Donor Day has fallen on a Sunday since 2009 and many churches are using the opportunity to raise awareness of blood donation needs among the estimated six million regular churchgoers in the UK. The push comes in response to figures released last week by NHS Blood and Transplant, revealing that 40% fewer new volunteers came forward across England and North Wales to give blood last year compared to a decade ago.

Read more: The Church is out for blood

Refugee image1As we mark Refugee Week (15 to 21 June), Rosie Buxton, who has served as a church related community worker in the Synod of Wales since 2006 and is currently working with the Swansea CRCW regional project, reflects on what it really means to be a refugee.

“Can you imagine how it would feel to be faced with such danger that you had to leave the life you have known and flee to a foreign country? Can you imagine the fear and grief and loss and loneliness? And can you then imagine finally arriving in your new home, and being made to feel distinctly unwelcome?

Read more: Diversity makes for a rich tapestry

MichaelJagIn the latest United Reformed Church podcast interview, the Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, secretary for racial justice and multicultural ministry, discusses what it means to be an inclusive church and how we can work towards addressing issues of representation in order to live out the Gospel message of fullness of life for all.

Read more: Towards an inclusive church: An interview with the Revd Dr Michael Jagessar