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URC Youth news banner July 2019Reuben Watt, United Reformed Church (URC) Youth Assembly Moderator-elect, discusses the power of young people in the world and the importance of their presence at the Greenbelt festival.

Greta Thunberg and Louis Braille are two names that you may have heard of. Both of these people have one thing in common: before the age of 18 they had changed the world in their own way.

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URC Time is Now banner picUnited Reformed Church (URC) staff from across the denomination joined thousands of people at ‘The Time Is Now’ mass lobby against climate change in Westminster on Wednesday (26 June).

The group gathered at St Martin-in-the-Field in London’s Trafalgar Square, to join URC General Secretary, the Revd John Proctor, and other multi-faith leaders, ahead of a march towards parliament.

Before the walk took place, the Most Revd Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, addressed the gathered crowd saying: ‘As we walk this morning let me urge you to keep in mind some individual faces; the individual faces of those in parts of the world who face the most immediate threat from climate change. People who have seen their habitat and livelihood wrecked by global warming.

Read more: URC joins thousands at The Time Is Now mass climate action lobby

Greenhouse emissions from a factory credit Mohri UN CECARThe government has announced tougher plans to tackle climate change by pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the UK to almost zero by, the year 2050.

Under the 2008 Climate Change Act, MPs agreed to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, but this will now change under the terms of the new law.

The news was welcomed by the Revd Dr David Pickering, Moderator of the United Reformed Church (URC) National Synod of Scotland, who presented a resolution at the URC’s Mission Council in May that called on the Church to divest from fossil fuel companies and which was unanimously approved.

Read more: Climate Change: government commits to cut emissions to zero by 2050

Young women praying Balazs Fotolia 176971675 SThe Revd David Poulton, a retired United Reformed Church (URC) minister who lives with cross lateral dyslexia, has used his creative talents to create ColourWeaving prayers for the Daily Devotions.

David, whose form of dyslexia means information that would normally be processed on both sides of the brain has to jump back and forth between each hemisphere, uses colours as an alternative means to communicate with God.

In this form of prayer, colours are used to symbolise specific thoughts and feelings.

Read more: Creative way of praying used to interpret Daily Devotions

web LifttheBanpic credit Lift the Ban coalition‘Changing the Conversation around Immigration’ is just one of the activities that will take place at the United Reformed Church’s (URC) base at this year’s Greenbelt festival.

And for Refugee Week (17-23 June), Simeon Mitchell, URC Secretary for Church and Society, explains why churches are backing calls for asylum seekers to have the right to work.

Read more: Refugee Week: Why work should be part of welcome