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World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has announced an essay competition for youth who want to reflect on the theme “The Future of Interreligious Dialogue.” The contest marks the 50th anniversary of the WCC’s Office of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation.

The competition is open to anyone under the age of 30 and the closing date is 15 January 2021. 

The five best essays will be published in the 2021 issue of Current Dialogue, the WCC’s journal for interreligious encounter and the prizewinning authors will have the opportunity to present their work in a conference on “The Future of Interreligious Dialogue” (either physically or virtually) that is being planned for 2021.

Visit the World Council Of Churches website  for more information. 

Find our more about Trialogue on our YouTube channel as Reuben Watt interviews Phil Ray Trialogue Advert final

PANEL DISCUSSION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE! ✨ bit.ly/urctrialogue

URC Youth invite you to join their regular online live YouTube broadcast called ‘Trialogue’. Aimed at 16 to 25 year olds, each session explores a theme alongside a Bible passage, providing a springboard for further discussion and reflection. A member of the CYDO+ team hosts a conversation with three guest panellists, representing some of the breadth of the URC.

Viewers are able to join in the discussions using Slido.com and entering the code ‘URCtrialogue’. Comments, questions and suggestions for future topics can be sent to the host to share during the live programme.

All episodes remain available to view at any time after the live broadcast. Below you will find accompanying resource to support individuals and groups with reflection and prayer.

Ideal to watch on your own or as part of a group. Why not use as conversation starters for your own virtual gatherings?

TRIalogue will take place every Thursday at 7pm until August and then, after a break for the summer, will recommence in September on a fortnightly basis. Watch here for more information. 


URC Children’s and Youth YouTube channel – bit.ly/urctrialogue

 

Extra resources which would make good material for a youth group, based on the first eight episodes: 

7 May 2020:  TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Matthew 5 - Relationships

14 May 2020: TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Matthew 6  - Social Justice 

                       Pray for the Day - The Lord's Prayer

21 May 2020: TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Matthew 7  - Truth and Firm Foundations

28 May 2020: TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Acts 2  - Pentecost and the Holy Spirit

                        Pentecost meditative colouring sheet 

4 June 2020: TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Genesis 37 - Dashed Dreams 

11 June 2020: TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Genesis 1 - The Earth Is The Lord's

18 June 2020: TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Book of Ruth - Refugee Week 

25 June 2020: TRIalogue Going Deeper materials - Revelation 21 - Earth, Heaven and Hell 

FAITH with under 5s LOGO   

A FREE conference for all those engaging with under-fives in faith settings running over three consecutive evenings.

This conference is sponsored by URC Children and ROOTS for Churches.

Participants may choose to attend one, two or all of the live sessions by registering for tickets.

Highlights of sessions will be available to view via YouTube after the event. Read more and book via Eventbrite 

7pm to 8.45pm Tuesday 24th November - Faith with under 5s in wider mixed-age groups

Keynote: Becky May with discussion and small group time

7pm to 8.45pm Wednesday 25th November - Faith with under 5s in church worship (creche and pew)

Keynote: Gill Ambrose with discussion and small group time

7pm to 8.45pm Thursday 26th November - Faith with under 5s in toddler groups

Keynote: Alison Hulse with discussion and small group time

Book here to join URC Children and ROOTS for Churchs online for one, two or all of the live sessions. 

Reform subs

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for to enable young people and young adults (and even the more confident writers from URC Children) to make a visible contribution to the church and make their voices heard. Reform magazine have invited us to form a panel of writers to produce a new youth column for their monthly magazine. Here is the remit from Editor Steve Tomkins. You can contact him or the Programme Officer Lorraine Webb if you would like to learn more. 

Reform, the United Reformed Church’s national magazine, is planning a new column, written by younger members of the Church. The provisional title is ‘Here & now’. We would love to hear from people who are interested in writing for it.

 Themes

The scope of the column is broad: we want to hear what you have to say. We want to hear the stories you have to tell and the points you have to make. What is it like being a Christian in today’s world? How are you living out your faith? What do you have to say to the Church? How do you want to change the world? How do you want to change the Church?

Age
Contributors will be about the age of URC Youth, or possibly URC Children – but there is no strict cut-off point at either end.

Regularity
The column will appear in every issue of Reform, so there will be ten instalments a year. The same contributor might write for it repeatedly, but there will not be a strict rota, and we hope to hear from a good number of different voices.

Length
Provisionally, the length of the column is between 650 and 750 words.

Submission
Submission dates will be arranged with contributors. Text should submitted by email to Lorraine Webb at lorraine.webb@urc.org.uk

 Steve Tomkins, Editor

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