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Andrew prasad news bannerThe United Reformed Church marked the retirement of the Revd Dr Andrew Prasad, Moderator of the Thames North Synod, on May 22 with a service of celebration and thanksgiving by Zoom, attended by more than 140 people from around the world.

Andrew, who has served as Moderator since 2008, started his ministry in 1981 with the Church of North India, before moving to the Council for World Mission in 1989. After three years with the Streatham Asian Christian Fellowship from 1999, he became minister of Dulwich Grove and Camberwell Green URCs in 2002.

The service was introduced by the Revd John Campbell.

Read more: Thanksgiving service held for retiring Thames North Moderator

resized image Promo 69In this reflection, Maria J.Y. Lee, a United Reformed Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) based in Chelmsford, talks about the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable and elderly people who suddenly found themselves isolated due to the pandemic, and how a ray of hope and connection was brought to them.

Maria and her CRCW team support members of 'Good Companions', a dementia-friendly group which benefits people who live with dementia and aims to improve the quality of life for older members of the community. Read about their experience throughout the pandemic:

Before Covid-19, we met on the first and third Wednesday of the month for two-hour sessions and we gathered around 20 people each time. The sessions included dementia-friendly activities, hymns, discussion, fellowship, creative prayers, and a light meal.

Read more: Chelmsford CRCWs boost morale of dementia-friendly group during pandemic

Sunflowers and thistles cover news bannerAs the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd approaches, the United Reformed Church (URC) has published a new collection of praise songs and protest, Sunflowers & Thistles.

Written by the Revd John Campbell, Minister of High Cross URC, Tottenham, the book of 36 songs was inspired by the global Black Lives Matters (BLM) protests and devastating impact of Covid 19.

Available to download for free from www.urc.org.uk/sunflowers-and-thistles, John explains how it became important for him to express the emotions of his congregation:

Read more: George Floyd anniversary: URC releases new collection of praise and protest songs

Cover June21This month in Reform, Steven Tomkins talks to Chine McDonald, author of God is Not a White Man, about race and faith.

Are the sexes equal in church is a question answered by four contributors, Nadia Bolz-Weber offers a prayer for resurrection; now is the perfect time for churches to be creating community gardens; Church Related Community Worker Simon Loveitt tells the story of food justice and financial inclusion in Sheffield; and Andy Jackson shares some tips about how to tell what’s false and what’s genuine on email.

Read more: Reform magazine: June edition

Together with refugees news bannerThe United Reformed Church has become a founding member of new campaign coalition Together With Refugees.

The coalition, made up of more than 100 national, local, refugee-led and grassroots groups, calls for a better approach to supporting refugees that is kinder, fairer and more effective, and believes in showing compassion to people fleeing war, persecution or violence. 

Read more: URC joins coalition to show it stands together with refugees

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