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Debora Kayembe news bannerA human rights lawyer who began attending the United Reformed Church as a refugee has been named rector of Edinburgh University.

Debora Kayembe fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2005 after a criminal investigation into war crimes led her to being persecuted as a lawyer.

When she first moved to the UK, she became a member of Central URC in Darwen, Lancashire, but since 2011 has lived in Scotland.

Read more: URC member becomes Rector of Edinburgh University

PCT James Maxwell news bannerThe centenary of the death of James Laidlaw Maxwell, regarded by many as the founder of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) denomination, will be commemorated on 6 March.

The PCT and the United Reformed Church (URC) are close international partners. To mark the event, the PCT and the URC Taiwanese Fellowship in London are holding a thanksgiving service on 6 March at 11am via Zoom.

Read more: URC and PCT to mark centenary of the death of Dr James L Maxwell

WNWN Cath Sterndale news bannerA church-based community service set up to distribute surplus food during the pandemic has just served up its 5,000th parcel.

Since the first lockdown began last March, Waste Not Want Not, based at Buxton United Reformed Church (URC), has given away thousands of pounds worth of food to the local community, some of which would have ended up in landfill.

The project is led by church member Cath Sterndale and her son Dan who first came up with the idea four years ago.

Read more: Buxton URC feeds 5,000 through community project

Ibrahim is being supported by a Christian Aid project news bannerThe United Reformed Church (URC) is hoping to raise £10,000 for its ‘Give Thanks for Your Vaccine’ fundraising campaign, developed with Christian Aid.

So far, £4,815 has been raised.

In the UK, nearly 18million people have had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. But for the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the world, there is little hope of a vaccine rollout. These are people who already face lack of water, food, and basic healthcare.

Read more: Give thanks for your vaccine through URC fundraiser

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