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Revd C M Kao news bannerThe United Reformed Church (URC) is sad to report the death of the Revd Dr C M (Chun-Ming) Kao who passed away on 14 February.

Dr Kao was the General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) and a staunch advocate of human rights and democracy at a turbulent time in that country’s history. Many in the Church will recall Dr Kao’s work and his visits to the UK.

Read more: The Revd Dr C M Kao, Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, 1929-2019

student 2 yingchou han 241463 unsplash 1One of the oldest ecumenical days of prayer which recognises the extraordinary contribution students make to the life of the Church and their communities, is fast approaching.

Student Sunday, on 17 February, known internationally as the Universal Day of Prayer for Students, also highlights the challenges students face, and their need for practical support and prayer.

Read more: Join global prayers for students this Sunday

WWC TIB newsbannerThe World Council of Churches (WCC) is inviting people to share their reflections on love for Valentine's Day as part of its #ThursdaysinBlack campaign.

#ThursdaysinBlack promotes solidarity and advocacy against all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, and this year Valentine’s Day, 14 February, falls on a Thursday.

The WCC said the campaign recognises that while the 14th February is a time to celebrate romance, ‘for too many people, 'love' comes with abuse and violence’.

Read more: Help anti-violence campaign with reflections on love this Valentine’s Day

Simon and Richard v1How can the Gospels of Matthew the teacher, Mark the action man, Luke the outsider, and John the reflector remind us that we are connected with eternity, rooted in the past, expressed in the present and revealed in the future?

The answer to this question was explored at Sanctuary First’s Re-imagining Church Conference held at Tulliallan Police College, Scotland, from 11-13 January.

Simon Peters, Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today Project Manager, attended the event with the Revd Richard Church, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship).

Read more: Creative ways to re-imagine church