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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

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

Fusi and nancyUnited Reformed Church (URC) members and a URC minister is helping a man whose wife died soon after the Home Office tried to deport them.

Fusi Motsamai, and his wife Nancy, both from South Africa, much-loved members of the Woking URC community, had lived and worked in the UK for more than a decade when they ran into difficulties trying to renew their visas.

They were ordered to report to a Home Office centre in Hounslow and on 7 March 2018 were informed they would be forcibly removed that day.

Read more: URC supports man whose wife died following deportation attempt

band news bannerThe United Reformed Church’s (URC) film series exploring themes from the Holy Habits resources concludes with the Holy Habit of Worship.

In the film, the book’s author, the Revd Andrew Roberts, notes that increasingly there’s a myriad of different ways in which people can worship God, both collectively and personally.

‘Worship is about so much more than the hour or so a week that we spend together,’ he says. ‘It’s actually about the whole of life, about a way of life.’

Read more: URC’s film series concludes with Holy Habit of Worship

CTBI and URC colleagesSenior leaders from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) visited their counterparts and staff at United Reformed Church (URC) House on June 5 to share insights about CTBI's ecumenical work across the four nations.

Visitors included Bob Fyffe, CTBI General Secretary; the Revd Peter Colwell, a URC minister and Deputy General Secretary of CTBI; Christine Elliott, Director of International Programmes, and Richard Reddie, the new Director of Justice and Inclusion.

They met with staff from the URC's children’s and youth, safeguarding, church and society, communications, global and intercultural ministries, education and learning, retired ministers' housing, and finance departments.

Read more: CTBI and URC meet to share ecumenical insights