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Renewable energy credit ALDECA studio FotoliaThe United Reformed Church (URC) has joined a coalition of faith institutions to announce its divestment from fossil fuels, as the Financing the Future summit – devoted to accelerating investment in a clean economy – gets underway in Cape Town.

Fossil fuel divestment now comes from institutions with £9 trillion in assets, institutions with assets of around £40 billion just five years ago.

According to The Global Catholic Climate Movement, Operation Noah, Greenfaith, and the Green Anglicans, faith institutions constitute the greatest number of entities contributing to the global divestment movement.

Read more: Faith institutions reach £9 trillion divestment milestone

arms fair protestors news bannerThe leaders of six national Churches, including the United Reformed Church, have written to The Guardian about the Defence Security Exhibition International (DSEI) arms fair which opens in London today (10 September).

The Church leaders, from the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodists, and the Quakers, believe that the UK’s involvement in the promotion of weapons of war is in complete opposition to the building of peaceful, just and ecologically sustainable societies.

Read more: UK’s involvement in weapons of war opposes peace say Church leaders

Peacemakers newsbannerUnited Reformed Church (URC) ministers, the Revds Mark Meatcher and Melanie Smith, joined hundreds of protestors at the #NoFaithinWar anti arms fair demonstration on 3 September.

Mark and Melanie, who are Ministers of the Enfield groups of the URC, demonstrated against the opening of the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition which takes place at the Excel Centre, London, between 10-13 September.

Mark reflects on the protest:

Read more: Ashamed: a reflection on the #NoFaithinWar demonstration

John Bradbury GS 2The Revd Dr John Bradbury, Minister of Downing Place United Reformed Church (URC), Whittlesford, Stetchworth and Cheveley URCs in Cambridgeshire, has been nominated as the next General Secretary of the URC.

The Nominating Group, which is responsible for putting forward a name to the URC Mission Council, the church’s executive body, has undertaken a rigorous selection process.

This started after the Revd John Proctor, the current General Secretary, announced his retirement.

Read more: United Reformed Church nominates its next General Secretary

Pastors care news bannerIn the latest issue of Reform magazine, the Revd Catherine Ball, Minister of The Free Church, St Ives, and Fenstanton United Reformed Church, Cambridgeshire, explores the rewards and challenges of pastoral care today.

Pastoral care is one of the core responsibilities in ministry. It is a vital aspect of church life, developing relationships, building community and opening up opportunities for the application of the good news of God’s grace. As a minister, I find pastoral care one of the most challenging aspects of the role, but also one of the most rewarding.

Read more: Reform magazine: Pastors still care