Church and Society

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“Learn to do good;
seek justice, rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
Isaiah 1:17

Church and Society supports and enables the United Reformed Church to live out the gospel in society, by challenging injustice and working for peace. It is part of the United Reformed Church's Mission Team and the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), an ecumenical partnership of the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church and the Baptist Union of Great Britain, with associate partner the Church of Scotland. We:

  • help the Church to speak and act prophetically on key issues of justice and peace facing society

  • provide resources, campaigns and events that help people to make the links between faith, politics and social action, and respond appropriately.

Church & Society news (updated 11 June 2021)

  • Refugee Week: 
    Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary, takes place from 14-20 June. This year's theme is 'We cannot walk alone'. Find out how you can get involved here. CTBI has produced worship resources on the theme of refugees, asylum and sanctuary, available here.

  • Together With Refugees: How we treat refugees reflects who we are. #WhoWeAre
    The URC has become a founding member of new campaign coalition, Together With Refugees. The coalition, made up of more than 100 national, local, refugee-led and grassroots groups, calls for a better approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer and more effective, and believes in showing compassion to people fleeing war, persecution or violence. Simeon Mitchell, URC Secretary for Church and Society, said: "At a time when there is such hostility being expressed towards immigrants, and the government is proposing unfair and unworkable reforms to the asylum system, it is important to set out a positive alternative vision of a better approach." More

  • Immigration: 
    The URC's General Assembly Moderators have joined a coalition of faith groups and leaders in writing to Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, to urge her to rethink the government's proposed New Plan for Immigration. The coalition says the plan “lacks humanity and respect for human dignity" and it would be "wrong to create a system in which the way people enter the UK will impact how their asylum claim is processed and the status they might receive." More

  • Climate Sunday service resources: 
    The Revd David Coleman has produced a new resource for URC congregations to use during a Climate Sunday service, with prayers, themed liturgy and additonal material suitable for a communion service. You can access this and lots of other resources on the Climate Sunday website

  • Intergenerational Climate Sunday service: 
    Members of the URC's Children’s and Youth Work team from across the denomination have created an online intergenerational Climate Sunday service, suitable for any time of the year. 'God’s World – Hands Off!' is available to watch as one video, or you can insert as many segments as you like into your own online, in-person or hybrid service. Watch the service here.

Six Hopes for Society

See the JPIT website or click the links below for information about the team's current priorities and latest resources.

Resources and staying in touch

If you’re looking for documents specifically related to the URC’s Church and Society work, visit our resources page.

You can stay in touch with our work by signing up to receive our monthly newsletter and following Church and Society on Twitter at @URCCAS for daily inspiration and useful links.

If you would like someone to speak on an issue at a meeting you are organising, or if you have stories to share, please contact us.

You can meet the team here.

Fellowship of Reconciliation (formerly URC Peace Fellowship)

In March 2020, the URC Peace Fellowship became part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Visit the Fellowship of Reconciliation website for information and resources. 

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