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Climate protest credit Callum Shaw UnsplashFaith leaders have joined together to demand climate action ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

The Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration, signed by representatives of religious communities across the United Kingdom, calls for people to be “advocates for justice” ahead of the COP summit.

The Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) made the declaration alongside leaders of every major Christian denomination and representatives from Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities.

Read more: Faiths leaders demand climate action at COP26 in Glasgow

Lundie roundupThe achievements, generosity and selflessness of children and young people from around the United Reformed Church (URC) are being recognised and celebrated.

Since its launch in January 2020, Lundie Memorial Awards have been bestowed upon children and young monthly to celebrate how they are using their God-given skills, time and talents to good effect.

So far, 20 awards have been distributed with each receiving a prize of £100 to be spent on the benefit of children and/or young people in their church, synod or local community.

Read more:  Lundie Memorial Award: March-August winners

People protesting. Credit Mika Baumeister/UnsplashThe Revd Clare Downing, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, has joined more than 350 church and civil society leaders in expressing concern about government proposals to restrict protest and increase police powers.

In an open letter to the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor, released last weekend, the leaders voiced concern about several aspects of the wide-ranging Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: its impact on the right to protest, the threat it poses to Traveller communities, and fears that increased policing powers have the potential to entrench racial injustices in the justice system. It also highlights the very limited amount of parliamentary scrutiny that the proposals have so far received.

Read more: Leaders say new protest bill 'attacks rights of citizens'

Black man picture hands credit Mikaala Shackelford/UnsplashThe United Reformed Church (URC’s) Black History Monthly continues on 20 September, from 7.30-8.30pm on Zoom, with this month's theme ‘Media and Imagery: The Impact of Representation’.

Drawing on a short video talk by Aisha Thomas, Assistant Principal at City Academy in Bristol, and one of only 26 Black secondary school teachers of 1,346 in the city, the session will explore why representation really matters, and what this means for us as the URC. 

Read more: Black History Monthly explores impact of representation in media and imagery

Mersey mod induction news bannerMore than 150 people, including the deputy Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Jane Corbett, attended the induction of the Revd Geoff Felton as Moderator of the United Reformed Church (URC) Mersey Synod.

Other denominational heads including the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool; the Rt Revd Julie Conalty, Bishop of Birkenhead; the Most Revd Malcolm McMahon, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool; and the Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson, Chair of Liverpool Methodist District joined the celebration held at Blundellsand and Crosby URC on 4 September.

Read more: URC Mersey Moderator officially inducted at special service

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