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Geoff and PeterDay three of Mission Council opened on 17 March with worship led by the Revd Helen Everard, Chaplain to the Moderators of the United Reformed Church General Assembly.

Session five

Paper A2: General Assembly 2021
The Assembly Officers shared their thinking about the decision to hold a virtual General Assembly in 2021 instead of a regular meeting.

Major events planned for this summer have been cancelled or postponed, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Glastonbury and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is taking place virtually this year.

Read more: Mission council day three round-up: 17 March 2021

Helen Everard 2021 03 16 093147Day two of the spring meeting of Mission Council was held digitally on 16 March. 

Opening prayer and Bible study
The Revd Helen Everard, chaplain to the Moderators of General Assembly, led worship on the second morning of Mission Council. Rosie Martin, a member of the URC Equalities Committee, read from the story of the woman at the well in John chapter 4, and the Revd Samantha Sheehan, a special category minister working as a university chaplain in the Yorkshire Synod, offered a reflection on the passage.

Read more: Mission Council day two round-up: 16 March 2021

Trident submarineChurch leaders across seven denominations, including the Revd Clare Downing, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, have made the following statement following the publication of the government’s integrated review of foreign and defence policies:

“The government’s decision in the integrated review of defence, security and foreign policy to increase the number of Trident nuclear warheads the UK can stockpile by more than 40 percent is a retrograde step that will not make any of us safer.

Read more: Statement from Church leaders on the UK government announcement on warhead numbers

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