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candles credit mike labrum unsplashThis year marks the 75th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a complex of more than 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by the Nazis in occupied Poland during the Second World War.

More than 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives there.

For Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 and its theme of Stand Together, the Revd Philip Brooks, United Reformed Church Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, offers a reflection:

Read more: Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January 2020

MadhiThe Moderator of the United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly, its General Secretary and other senior staff have signed a letter urging the Home Office to stop the deportation of a URC member who was recently arrested and may be deported early next week.

A petition which asks the Home Office to stop the deportation and for the person’s immediate release, set up by URC Minister the Revd Melanie Smith, has received more than 15,000 signatures.

Read more: Urgent action needed to stop deportation of URC member

Maria pantry WebCropAccording to the Trussell Trust’s latest statistics, 823,145 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis in the UK between April and September 2019. More than a third of these (301,653) went to children.

United Reformed Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) Maria JY Lee, who works with a CRCW project in Chelmsford, discusses the worrying trends she has identified in the community she works in:

Read more: CRCW’s Little Free Pantry tackles community poverty