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Aston UniversityThe United Reformed Church (URC) has announced the cancellation of its 2020 General Assembly, the first time the meeting has been cancelled since the URC was founded in 1972. Inductions and some business of the General Assembly will, however, be carried out online.

The ongoing threat of coronavirus and the health and safety of General Assembly representatives, the staff of the URC and its Synods, and the government restrictions on so much in public life, is the cause of the cancellation.

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resized image Promo 4A virtual Pentecost Communion service, between the United Reformed Church (URC) and the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (Protestant churches of the Palatinate region of Germany), will be held on Saturday 30 May.

The service, taking place via Zoom, will be led by both the Revd Philip Brooks, URC Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and Pfarrer Martin Henninger, Minister of the Lutherkirche in Frankenthal, who is also the Convener of the Friends of the URC of the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz.

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