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resized image Promo 66The URC General Assembly Moderators joined 450 academics, politicians, charities, faith leaders, and healthcare workers on 10 May to urge the prime minister to waive vaccine patents.

In an open letter, organised by Global Justice Now, STOPAIDS, and Just Treatment, the group called on Boris Johnson to "stand on the right side of history". 

The letter urged the UK to follow the US example which saw the Biden administration announce on 5 May that it would support a waiver to help scale up global vaccine production to produce safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines for all people, in all countries.

Read more: Call for a people’s vaccine reaches 450 signatures

resized image Promo 65The United Reformed Church (URC) Eastern Synod has joined 35 faith institutions from 11 countries in announcing its divestment from fossil fuels.

The announcement, made on 17 May, comes from institutions in Brazil, Argentina, India, the Philippines, Uganda, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, the UK and the US, along with the URC, Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, and Baptist churches, among others.

These commitments highlight the urgent need to divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean alternatives in response to the growing climate crisis.

Read more: URC Eastern Synod divests from fossil fuels ahead of G7 and COP26

Marje Robinson Walk for Water homepage crop 002A member of Vicars Cross URC, in the United Reformed Church’s Mersey Synod, has spent the lockdown raising hundreds of pounds for charity.

Marje Robinson kept active by taking walks around her local area but increased her distance after spotting Water Aid’s ‘Walk for Water’ charity challenge on Facebook which encouraged people to walk four, eight or 12k a day.

Marje signed up for the 4k challenge, walked each day of March, and raised more than £850 for the charity to help make clean water normal for everyone, everywhere.

Read more: Walks for water raises hundreds for charity

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