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robesonThe Revd Phil Wall, United Reformed Church minister in Pontypridd, discovers the link between American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, and his new home in South Wales.

The best discussions always seem to take place around the dinner table. And so it was last February when several members of my church broke bread, ate chips and enjoyed a drink together as we discussed the film ‘Selma’ – an excellent retelling of the struggle for civil rights in 1960s America – which we had just been to see.

Watching the true story of people of faith coming together in horrendous conditions to strive for a more just society drew tears, pricked consciences and encouraged us to question what more we could do to speak up against injustice in our time and place.

Read more: The march goes on...

Christian befriending charity the Link Visiting Scheme has launched a new resource to help churches reach and support lonely older people.

The Build-A-Link Challenge will take a church from initial discussions about the extent of loneliness in its area, through to a guide to understanding local services for older people, with suggestions about next steps.

Read more: Connecting with isolated older people – a challenge for churches

wyllieThe Revd Fran Ruthven, who served as a special category minister with responsibility for older people ministry, considers the vital capacity to bounce back from adversity.

It is no secret that older people make up the majority membership of our churches in the URC. And while I understand the concerns raised about the lack of younger people in the church, that concern need not dampen our appreciation for all the experience, wisdom and creativity that is present in our older membership.

In recent years there has been much interest in resiliency: the ability of a person to rebound even stronger from adverse events, circumstances or conditions. Resiliency is often seen as contributing to a longer, healthier, improved quality of life.

Read more: Appreciating resiliency