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Francis and RichardA year since the launch of the United Reformed Church’s (URC) focus on lifelong missional discipleship, Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today, Richard Church and Francis Brienen share their thoughts on the first 12 months.

The experience of leaving port on a large ship can be easy to miss because, although you may feel the vibrations of the engines, it is not until you look out that you see that you have left the harbour and are making way.

It is in this spirit that we look back on the first year of Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today.

Read more: Walking the Way: One year on

BB 1 little girlIn the Holy Habit of Breaking Bread, the fifth film produced by the United Reformed Church (URC) in its Holy Habits film series, three people explain what breaking bread means to them.

Literally meaning the sharing of a loaf, it later came to mean sharing and is now also used to describe a social interaction where food, or a variety of items, is shared as a way of drawing people closer together.

This is shown through Bread Church, a ministry in Stafford founded by the Revd Peter Powers, a Methodist minister, where people of all ages learn to make bread and get to know each other better in the process.

Read more: Baking bread brings people together in new Holy Habits film

plastic ocean dustan woodhouse 675082 unsplashFollowing the latest United Nations’ (UN) review of global emissions and climate action, the Revd David Coleman, Environmental Chaplain for Eco-Congregation Scotland, calls on congregations to do more this Advent.

The report, published on 27 November, says countries must triple their efforts to tackle climate change and that urgent measures are needed to keep global temperature rises under 2°C this century (as per the 2015 Paris Agreement).

This Christmas, Mr Coleman says, everyone can make a commitment to help in their own way.

Read more: Help tackle climate change this Christmas

Euro church leadersUnited Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly Moderators, Derek Estill and the Revd Nigel Uden, have joined European Church leaders in affirming the values of dignity, respect and compassion for refugees and migrants.

On 4 December, a Christmas statement, signed by more than 30 Church leaders from Europe, was jointly issued by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC).

Read more: European Church leaders rally Christmas support for refugees and migrants

candle andres f uran 474838 unsplashAs the beginning of Advent approaches on Sunday, Derek Estill, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, reflects on its original meaning in contrast to today's modern-day commercial focus.

Advent provides us with an opportunity to withdraw ourselves from the deafening noise of today’s world and the incessant drum beat to spend, spend, spend.

In an ever-increasing frenzy, we ‘shop till we drop’ to get more and more ‘stuff’ so we can overindulge ourselves on the Christmas Day and into the New Year.

Read more: Remembering the light of the world this Advent