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The last supper original debby hudson 589680 unsplash 1The Revd Fiona Thomas, United Reformed Church Secretary for Education and Learning, reflects on a symbolic act for Maundy Thursday.

On 11 April, political leaders of South Sudan attended a two-day ecumenical spiritual retreat hosted by Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Organised in an effort to support the country’s fragile peace deal, Pope Francis shocked the Church and political leaders when he stooped and kissed the Sudanese leaders’ feet, deliberately echoing the foot washing story in the Gospel of John.

Read more: Maundy Thursday: betrayal, desertion and reconciliation

Share the miracle news bannerYoung homeless people and children with physical and learning difficulties will share more than 160 Easter eggs thanks to the United Reformed Church’s (URC) children’s and youth work team.

Since February, the team has been collecting Easter eggs donated by colleagues at Church House after they registered the building as a ‘donation station’ through the ShareTheMiracle initiative.

In total, 164 chocolate eggs were collected and shared between Action for Children's Camden and Islington Short Breaks service, and the Single Homeless Project (SHP), both in Islington.

Read more: URC team donate more than 160 Easter eggs to services for vulnerable young people

Emmaus credit Episcopal Diocese of Western MAA leaflet is being prepared in connection with ‘Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today’, the United Reformed Church’s focus on lifelong missional discipleship, to help people on their faith journeys.

It is based on the journey to Emmaus which contains within it four actions: the friends of Jesus stopped; looked; listened; and then walked back to Jerusalem. These actions lie at the heart of our walk with the Lord.

In the leaflet, we would like to include a section called ‘a disciple’s story’ which is a brief testimony from someone whose experience reflects one of these actions.

Read more: Discipleship stories: Urgent help needed

Brexit signpost credit MaxpixelThe United Reformed Church has joined the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Methodist Church to call on the government to do all that it can to avoid an unplanned no-deal Brexit.

In a joint statement, the Church leaders said: 'We have chosen not to make political statements around Brexit.  Members of the Churches we represent have in good conscience come to different conclusions; some voted remain and others voted to leave. 

Read more: No-deal Brexit endangers poorest families

Tax credit Church Action Againt TaxAs a new tax year begins on 6 April, URC members are being invited to explore the role of tax in building a just and sustainable society.

A new resource for study and discussion, ‘Tax for the Common Good’, has been published by Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ), which is supported by the United Reformed Church (URC). The ecumenical organisation, launched in 2018, wants to see a fairer and more effective tax system where everyone pays their share.

Read more: Let's talk about tax