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Black man picture hands credit Mikaala Shackelford/UnsplashThe United Reformed Church (URC’s) Black History Monthly continues on 20 September, from 7.30-8.30pm on Zoom, with this month's theme ‘Media and Imagery: The Impact of Representation’.

Drawing on a short video talk by Aisha Thomas, Assistant Principal at City Academy in Bristol, and one of only 26 Black secondary school teachers of 1,346 in the city, the session will explore why representation really matters, and what this means for us as the URC. 

Read more: Black History Monthly explores impact of representation in media and imagery

People protesting. Credit Mika Baumeister/UnsplashThe Revd Clare Downing, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, has joined more than 350 church and civil society leaders in expressing concern about government proposals to restrict protest and increase police powers.

In an open letter to the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor, released last weekend, the leaders voiced concern about several aspects of the wide-ranging Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: its impact on the right to protest, the threat it poses to Traveller communities, and fears that increased policing powers have the potential to entrench racial injustices in the justice system. It also highlights the very limited amount of parliamentary scrutiny that the proposals have so far received.

Read more: Leaders say new protest bill 'attacks rights of citizens'

Andrew Daniel ShawAugust's Lundie Memorial Award goes to Andrew and Daniel Shaw, from St Columba's United Reformed Church (URC), Wolverhampton.

The brothers, aged 15 and 13, are dedicated volunteers at the Community School Swap Shop which is part of the church's eco-church work.

They sort clothes, find and bag up the correct uniform and sizes for people and work at the open sessions helping people find what they're looking for.

With fewer volunteers due to the pandemic, the swap shop has been extremely reliant on the dedication of the brothers who gave up much of their school holidays.

Read more: Dedicated Wolverhampton brothers gain Lundie Memorial Award

Mersey mod induction news bannerMore than 150 people, including the deputy Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Jane Corbett, attended the induction of the Revd Geoff Felton as Moderator of the United Reformed Church (URC) Mersey Synod.

Other denominational heads including the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool; the Rt Revd Julie Conalty, Bishop of Birkenhead; the Most Revd Malcolm McMahon, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool; and the Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of Liverpool Methodist District joined the celebration held at Blundellsand and Crosby URC on 4 September.

Read more: URC Mersey Moderator officially inducted at special service

Remembering 9 11 20 years on. Credit Steve Harvey/UnsplashAs the 20th anniversary of September 11th approaches, the United Reformed Church joins with the Revd Jennifer Mills-Knutsen, Senior Pastor of the American International Church in London, in offering this reflection:

I wish I could remember this event as the tragedy it was, rather than the tragedy it still is.

The 2,977 souls who lost their lives that terrible day were only the beginning. Hundreds more have died since, from 9/11-related illness and cancer (especially first responders) along with countless others who had their lives cut short by the spiritual and emotional distress they experienced.

Read more: Remembering 9/11 on 20th anniversary

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