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Lundie roundupThe achievements, generosity and selflessness of children and young people from around the United Reformed Church (URC) are being recognised and celebrated.

Since its launch in January 2020, Lundie Memorial Awards have been bestowed upon children and young monthly to celebrate how they are using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect.

So far, 20 awards have been distributed with each receiving a prize of £100 to be spent on the benefit of children and/or young people in their church, synod or local community.

Read more:  Lundie Memorial Award: March-August winners

Black man picture hands credit Mikaala Shackelford/UnsplashThe United Reformed Church (URC’s) Black History Monthly continues on 20 September, from 7.30-8.30pm on Zoom, with this month's theme ‘Media and Imagery: The Impact of Representation’.

Drawing on a short video talk by Aisha Thomas, Assistant Principal at City Academy in Bristol, and one of only 26 Black secondary school teachers of 1,346 in the city, the session will explore why representation really matters, and what this means for us as the URC. 

Read more: Black History Monthly explores impact of representation in media and imagery

People protesting. Credit Mika Baumeister/UnsplashThe Revd Clare Downing, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, has joined more than 350 church and civil society leaders in expressing concern about government proposals to restrict protest and increase police powers.

In an open letter to the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor, released last weekend, the leaders voiced concern about several aspects of the wide-ranging Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: its impact on the right to protest, the threat it poses to Traveller communities, and fears that increased policing powers have the potential to entrench racial injustices in the justice system. It also highlights the very limited amount of parliamentary scrutiny that the proposals have so far received.

Read more: Leaders say new protest bill 'attacks rights of citizens'

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