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Brian JollyThe Revd Brian Jolly has been nominated as the next Moderator of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church.

Born in 1956 in north London, Brian moved to the north west in 1978 for his initial ministerial formation at the University of Manchester and the Congregational College.

He was ordained in 1982 and has served pastorates in Blackburn, Bolton, Stockport and Altrincham. He serves now as Clerk of the North Western Synod and has been covering some of the duties of a Synod Moderator during a vacancy period.

He has served extensively in the wider church and as a trustee of the UK Christian charity Embrace the Middle East (formerly BibleLands). 

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yad vashem kevin snyman urc croppedOn the holiest of days in the Jewish calendar, a gunman ruthlessly shot dead two people in Halle, East Germany yesterday.

The man allegedly attempted to gain access to the city’s Humboldt Street Synagogue, where 70-80 people were marking Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. A video was posted online by the suspect, who is now in custody, filled with hatred and anti-Semitism, including denial of the Holocaust.

“The senseless attack is yet another reminder of the rise in the kind of extremism, which so often targets people of faith at worship,” says the Revd Philip Brooks, the United Reformed Church’s Secretary for Ecumenical Interfaith Relations.

Read more: Prayers for Halle attack

prayer handbook 2020 webFeaturing prayers for every week of the year, the 2020 United Reformed Church (URC) Prayer Handbook - Prayers from the heart is now available.

Edited by Karen Campbell, a Church Related Community Worker, and the Revd Ian Fosten, a URC Minister, Prayers from the heart features a mixture of prayer styles and approaches for all readers.

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cwm gen secs meetingURC General Secretary the Revd John Proctor reports from the Council of World Mission's (CWM) meeting of church leaders

The Council for World Mission is a fellowship of 32, mainly Reformed, churches around the globe, worshipping and working in some 40 countries.

Many of these churches came into being through the missionary work of British Christians in the 19th and 20th centuries. Yet now some are much bigger than we are – in Korea, Madagascar and South India, for example. And others are smaller – in the various Pacific islands.

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Jamie Kissack websiteThe Revd Jamie Kissack, a minister of the United Reformed Church (URC) currently serving the church in its Sheffield Team Ministry, has been nominated as the next Moderator of the Church’s Yorkshire Synod. 

Jamie was born in 1964 in the Midlands, moving back to his family roots on the Isle of Man when he was 14.

He studied Biochemistry at Sheffield University where he met his wife, Fran. He worked in a hospital laboratory for a couple of years before going to Mansfield College, Oxford, to train for ministry with Fran.

Read more: New Moderator of Yorkshire Synod nominated