Youth Assembly commits to tackling injustices

assembly2 editedThe United Reformed Church Youth Assembly took place 23 – 25 January, at Whitemoor Lakes, Staffordshire, under the theme of: “Treasures: Gifts from God”.

Young people from across the denomination were joined by John Proctor, general secretary of the URC and David Grosch-Miller, moderator of the URC’s General Assembly. Following the Assembly, David said: “There was a real sense of friendship evident, even during difficult discussions, and a respect for different viewpoints which the whole church would do well to imitate.”

During the Assembly Andrew Weston became the new Fellowship of United Reformed Youth (FURY) moderator, taking over from Matthew Barkley.

Assembly Resolutions

Youth Assembly adopted two resolutions – both by consensus. The first commended the Time to Change pledge which was signed by the immediate past FURY Moderator, Matthew Barkley, on behalf of the Youth Assembly in December 2014, read the full story here. The second resolution to be adopted recognised the need to tackle global injustice – inspired by the Assembly workshops that concentrated on the needs of the most marginalised and vulnerable.

Following the children’s and youth work department restructure, the URC children’s and youth work committee has been reviewing the FURY structures and guidelines. A working group, consulting at length with the committee and FURY advisory board, prepared an updated URC Youth Handbook which sets out in detail proposed new operational guidelines for the activities of the URC youth at Assembly level, and this led to useful discussions over the weekend.

A paper proposing a new structure for FURY was presented by Andrew Weston, moderator, on behalf of the children’s and youth work committee. This marked the opening of a two week consultation period. To participate in the consultation, please email Andrew Weston, by midnight on Thursday 5 February, including ‘Restructuring Proposals’ in the subject line.


FURY Advisory Board

At the end of the Assembly, David Grosch-Miller presided over the induction of the new FURY advisory board. Alexander (Sandy) Nunn, from Wessex Synod, was inducted as FURY moderator-elect.

Sandy said: “I’m very excited to be representing the URC youth across Scotland, England and Wales alongside Andrew. It’s a huge privilege… I hope to enable and encourage the young people of the URC to develop their relationship with God and further His Kingdom.”

FURY Advisory Board will next meet on 13 - 15 March.

The full minutes of the Youth Assembly will be available on the FURY website in due course.