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web LifttheBanpic credit Lift the Ban coalition‘Changing the Conversation around Immigration’ is just one of the activities that will take place at the United Reformed Church’s (URC) base at this year’s Greenbelt festival.

And for Refugee Week (17-23 June), Simeon Mitchell, URC Secretary for Church and Society, explains why churches are backing calls for asylum seekers to have the right to work.

Read more: Refugee Week: Why work should be part of welcome

band news bannerThe United Reformed Church’s (URC) film series exploring themes from the Holy Habits resources concludes with the Holy Habit of Worship.

In the film, the book’s author, the Revd Andrew Roberts, notes that increasingly there’s a myriad of different ways in which people can worship God, both collectively and personally.

‘Worship is about so much more than the hour or so a week that we spend together,’ he says. ‘It’s actually about the whole of life, about a way of life.’

Read more: URC’s film series concludes with Holy Habit of Worship

CTBI and URC colleagesSenior leaders from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) visited their counterparts and staff at United Reformed Church (URC) House on June 5 to share insights about CTBI's ecumenical work across the four nations.

Visitors included Bob Fyffe, CTBI General Secretary; the Revd Peter Colwell, a URC minister and Deputy General Secretary of CTBI; Christine Elliott, Director of International Programmes, and Richard Reddie, the new Director of Justice and Inclusion.

They met with staff from the URC's children’s and youth, safeguarding, church and society, communications, global and intercultural ministries, education and learning, retired ministers' housing, and finance departments.

Read more: CTBI and URC meet to share ecumenical insights

Fusi and nancyUnited Reformed Church (URC) members and a URC minister is helping a man whose wife died soon after the Home Office tried to deport them.

Fusi Motsamai, and his wife Nancy, both from South Africa, much-loved members of the Woking URC community, had lived and worked in the UK for more than a decade when they ran into difficulties trying to renew their visas.

They were ordered to report to a Home Office centre in Hounslow and on 7 March 2018 were informed they would be forcibly removed that day.

During the removal attempt Nancy fell ill and Home Office officials accused her of faking illness to avoid being put on the plane. She died five days later as a result of undiagnosed ovarian cancer, deep-vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism.

Fusi was told in October 2018 that officials still intended to progress with deporting him, and at a recent immigration appeal hearing at Harmondsworth, near Heathrow Airport, the Revd Lucy Brierley, Minister for Woking URC, and 15 members of the church attended in a show of support.

Mrs Brierley also gave evidence, read what she had to say in The Guardian

Film still from the D Day landings showing commandos aboard a landing craft on their approach to Sword Beach 6 June 1944. BU1181 credit wikimediaThis year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in World War Two when Britain and its Allies began to invade Nazi-occupied western Europe.

On 6 June 1944, around 160,000 troops took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history when they crossed the English Channel to Normandy.

The United Reformed Church (URC)’s Revd Michael Meachin, Chaplain to the Royal Navy’s HMS Collingwood, offers a reflection on the anniversary, and the Revd (Squadron Leader) David C Haslam, Station Chaplain at Royal Air Force (RAF) Boulmer, dedicates a prayer for those who gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom.

Read more: URC military chaplains honour D-Day heroes