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Edinburgh city credit Robert V Ruggiero UnsplashIt is clear that the new variant of the virus has caused a rapid and alarming increase in coronavirus infections.

The United Reformed Church (URC) National Synod of Scotland is sad to learn that some church leaders are threatening legal action if the Scottish government does not reverse its decision to close places of worship during the current phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more: URC challenges call to reopen places of worship in Scotland

Ruth Clarke news bannerRuth Clarke, a trailblazer for all sorts of issues, especially the representation of women and young people in the Church and for the ecumenical movement, died on 11 January aged 85.

A former Moderator of the General Assembly United Reformed Church (URC), Ruth was heavily involved with the creation of the Windermere Centre and served as its Assistant Director.

It was during her time there that one of her daughters, Hannah, died as a result of a bicycle accident. This led to the creation of the Hannah Fund, which supported people wanting to visit the centre and the Hannah Wing, a suite for disabled people on the ground floor of the centre.

Read more: URC remembers Ruth Clarke, 1935-2021

Fairtrade Fortnight Janice Kangai plucking tea in a field in Kenya credit by David MachariaThe Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, who leads Commitment for Life, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) global justice programme, has curated the Fairtrade Foundation’s online Ecumenical Service of Worship, for Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February to 7 March).

Created in collaboration with other Christian organisations, the service can be downloaded from the Fairtrade Foundation’s website from 25 January, and is scheduled to be a key part of the Foundation’s online festival – a series of digital events organised for the first time this year.

Read more: URC curates Fairtrade Fortnight service

resized image Promo 20Bored in lockdown? Then help us by digging out those old photos!

The United Reformed Church (URC) Communications Department is seeking photographs from URC members that represent the life of the denomination.

Using the theme ‘24 hours in the life of the URC’ (before lockdown or any activities during lockdown), we would like photos which cover any activity that shows what the URC does.

Read more: Submit photos that represent life of URC

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