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Malcolm Fife and carAccording to government figures, pollution from cars account for more than 18% of UK emissions.

Action in the car industry is considered crucial to cutting emissions to 51% by 2025 and to reach net zero by 2050 – a key target in the 2008 Climate Change Act.

To help fight climate change, the Revd Malcolm Fife, Minister of Christ Church United Reformed Church (URC), Cross Lane United Church, and Huyton URC, has become the first minister in the URC Mersey Synod to choose a plug-in hybrid car.

Read more: Minister’s drive to fight climate change

Bush fire at Captain Creek central Queensland Australia credit 80 trading 24 wikimediaSince September 2019, the world has watched with shock and horror as bushfires have torn across parts of Australia, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

More than 2,000 homes have been razed to the ground, and according to reports, at least 25 people and millions of animals have died.

Having recently returned from Australia, the Revd Neil Thorogood, Principal of the United Reformed Church’s Westminster College in Cambridge, reflects on his visit and offers a prayer for everyone affected by the tragedy:

Read more: Australian bushfires: Westminster College principal reflects and prays

3 wise men credit Kevin Phillips public domain picturesFor Epiphany, the Revd Richard Church, Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship) for the United Reformed Church asks what surprises have come our way?

In ordinary speech an epiphany marks an ‘aha’ moment. It is the moment when a character is suddenly struck with a life-changing realisation which changes the rest of the story. It is clear how close this common meaning is to the Christian season of Epiphany (6 January), the visit to the Christ child by wise men.

Read more: An ‘aha’ moment

Planet over profit sign credit Markus Spiske on UnsplashNorthern College, Lavington United Reformed Church (URC) in Bideford, and Redland Park URC in Bristol have committed to divesting from fossil fuels.

They join fifteen other churches and Christian institutions of various denominations in announcing their divestment commitment as part of the Epiphany Declaration for Fossil Free Churches.

Read more: Northern College makes commitment to divest from fossil fuels

NYD Hope by ahmed hasan Lvon5hPT818 unsplashThe Revd Dr Michael Jagessar, United Reformed Church Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, explores how uncertainty of the future carries hope-filled possibilities for New Year’s Day.

In times when bad news may feature daily on our social media feeds, one can readily identify with the words sung by Joan Armatrading in the song In These Times: “These are the times … you’re bound to feel all sanity is lost.”

Read more: Rising to life