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chris barbalis 421796 unsplashThis poem involves two passages in my own life: the approaching death of my father, and the birth of my son. The first involves the last interaction I recall my dad ever making with someone outside the family. The second, the first time we noticed that my son was sharing his experience. They are linked, by light; and they never leave me.

Read more: ‘Look at The Light’ a poem by URC performance poet Lucy Berry

Flowers gangMembers of the United Reformed Church, from pre-schoolers to pensioners, have knitted, crocheted, and sewn hundreds of flowers for the Greenbelt festival.

The call to the denomination’s arts and craft enthusiasts, to help create a ‘garden’ and ‘path’ inside the takeaway with creatively made flowers, first went out in April and people have responded enthusiastically.

Read more: Amazing response received for creative Greenbelt flowers

Savid Javid credit Richter Frank Jurgen FlickrTwenty Church leaders have called for an end to the hostile environment in an open letter to Sajid Javid MP, the Home Secretary.

The Revd Nigel Uden and Mr Derek Estill, United Reformed Church General Assembly Moderators, joined representatives from the Anglican, Catholic, Church of Scotland and Methodist Churches, who argue that the destitution deliberately inflicted by the government is ‘inhumane’ and leads to racial discrimination.

The hostile environment is a web of government policies designed to make life so difficult for people, who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK, that they choose to leave.

Read more: Church leaders pen open letter to Home Secretary calling for end to hostile environment

People rescue banner credit CSIFollowing severe flooding across Kerala, a southern state in India, the United Reformed Church has joined the Church of South India (CSI) and global ecumenical partners in appealing for prayers and support for the region.

Since the monsoon began in June, around 400 people have died, and thousands have been displaced and rendered homeless. The figures are expected to rise as many people are still reported missing.

The CSI Synod has reported that nearly three million people from 52,856 families have been rescued from various parts of the state and are being sheltered in 5,645 camps.

Read more: URC joins global call for prayer and relief for Kerala flood victims

HH Serving screen shotThe first in a series of short films that explores each theme in Andrew Roberts’ book, Holy Habits, has been released by the United Reformed Church.

Holy Habits, is one of the key resources for Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today, the URC’s focus on lifelong Christian discipleship and mission.

Directed by Kevin Snyman, Mission Enabler for West Midlands Synod, a film will be released each month featuring an introduction by Mr Roberts and showcasing real-life examples of how these habits are being explored across the denomination.

Read more: New film explores holy habit in action at Coventry Night Shelter