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Tresized image Promo 12he Revd John Proctor, United Reformed Church General Secretary, thanks God for Christmas.

Although Christ Jesus was in the form of God, he emptied himself into the form of a servant, by his birth as one of us. As Philippians 2:7 says: “He emptied himself.”

Read more: Fulfilled rather than empty

resized image Promo 11One of the United Reformed Church’s (URC) General Assembly Moderators, Derek Estill, led the Church’s educational visit to Israel and Palestine in September.

The group had the opportunity to observe and hear at first hand the plight of indigenous Christians living in the occupied Palestinian territories. This included seeing the consequences of the expansion of Israeli settlements which are illegal under international law.

Read more: Peace and justice in the world

AGQ Virgin birthWhat do you make of the virgin birth? Fact or fable? And either way, what is it all about? This December, Reform’s ‘A good question’ panel get to grips that bit of Christmassy theology.

The panel features the Revd Matt Stone, Minister of Herringthorpe United Reformed Church (URC), Rotherham, South Yorkshire; Lawrence Moore, Mission and Discipleship Consultant for the URC’s North Western Synod and founder of iChurch – a URC service that resources local churches and helps them get online; The Revd Carla A Grosch-Miller, a URC Minister and practical theologian, educator and poet; and Anjum Anwar, a teacher who also worked as Dialogue Development Officer for Blackburn Cathedral from 2007 to 2016.

Read more: A good question: What do you make of the virgin birth?