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Black fist credit oladimeji odunsi3As we approach Black History Month, Karen Campbell, a United Reformed Church Related Community Worker (CRCW), reflects on the transatlantic slave trade and its continuing legacies for people of African and African descent. Black History Month runs from 1-31 October.

Torn from home;
displaced from land;
ripped from all I've ever known -
the soil I walk
the air I breathe -
nothing left to call my own.

Read more: ‘Torn from Home’ a poem for Black History Month

Notting hill Carnival credit glodi miessi unsplashA resource that links October’s lectionary readings with Black History Month has been developed by the United Reformed Church’s Global and Intercultural Ministries department. 

Black History Month provides people with the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people of colour, and in the process explore the latent histories and narratives that shape our lives together.

Each week’s lectionary reading also links with a social justice focus as identified by the Joint Public Issues Team’s (JPIT) public issues calendar.

Read more: New lectionary resource for Black History Month

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Thanks to the Revd Andrew Reed, a Congregational Minister, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) has been transforming lives since 1854. Nearly 1.4m people with brain injuries are admitted into A&E every year and the RHN provides rehabilitation and long-term care for some of them.

Known as one of the great philanthropists of the 19th century, the minister established The Hospital for Incurables in Carshalton, Surrey in 1854. In 1863 the hospital found its permanent home – Melrose Hall, on West Hill, Putney and its name was changed to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in 1995.

Read more: Legacy of RHN Congregational minister continues to improve lives

UCI Road World Championship cyclists credit SWPixWest Park United Reformed Church (URC), Harrogate, will be making use of its proximity to the 2019 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Road World Championships' finishing line by welcoming the competition’s organisers to its church.

The event runs from 22-29 September, and former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will ride for Great Britain in the time trial on 25 September, along with national champion Alex Dowsett.

Read more: West Park URC to host organisers of cycling world championships

Philip news bannerReturning from a three-month sabbatical, the Revd Philip Brooks, United Reformed Church (URC) Secretary for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, reflects on a recent trip to Germany.

The trip took place ahead of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall where 22 people from the URC will join in the four-day remembrance and celebrations, from 7-11 November, with the Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz (Protestant Churches of the Palatinate region of Germany).

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