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Women from across Europe are experiencing life in a pop up monastery in Mariensee near Hannover, Germany seeking a chance to live in community, take time out and learn from people of different cultural backgrounds.

The Pop Up Monastery will welcome 50 women from 16 European countries and from Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic church traditions from 8 to 21 August.

The sharing of meditation, pilgrimage and discussion is to foster greater belief and enable a better understanding of what it means to live together.

It is an initiative of the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women in cooperation with the Convent of Mariensee. The Mariensee Convent started 800 years ago according to the rules of the Cistercians and later transformed to a become a Protestant community.

Abbess Bärbel Görcke said: "We are looking forward to sharing our place and our way of living and working with women from all over Europe and hope that all of us can benefit from this beautiful place and the community we build."

One of the organisers, Carla Maurer of the Swiss Church in London, said: "With the Pop Up Monastery we hope to create the experience of a diverse community that is founded in our common faith in the God of justice. The Pop Up Monastery is an expression of our longing for peace and inclusion."

The Pop Up Monastery is a pilot project. It will be accompanied by a film team and a documentary film will be released in January 2016.

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Statue of the conceptual baron outside Salisbury URC © The Barons' Charter

In honour of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary this year, an art trail has been set up through Salisbury – home to the best preserved of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

The trail features 25 life-sized statues of medieval barons representing the discontented barons of medieval England who created the charter, limiting the power of King John.

Read more: Magna Carta barons appear in Salisbury

Two-thirds of benefit sanctions in Wales are applied to people unable to work due to poor mental health, a report launched by Welsh Churches tomorrow will say.

The Welsh Data Supplement to the report Time to rethink Benefit Sanctions will be launched in the churches' tent at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod on Wednesday 5 August.

Read more: Wales: people with poor mental health hit by benefit sanctions

At an interfaith commemoration service held today at the Friend's Meeting House in Central London, religious leaders from many faiths, including several Christian denominations, gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The overriding message of the meeting was clear: 'Never Again'; the British faith leaders called on the international community to develop a robust plan of action designed to lead to a world that is free of nuclear weapons.

The Revd Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council said: "The use of and threat to use nuclear weapons are inherently evil. Security policies based on the threat of the use of nuclear weapons are immoral and ultimately self-defeating."

During the service Jehangir Sarosh, OBE, Director of Religions for Peace,read out a statement that has been signed by 26 faith leaders and to which others have since added their support online

Read more: Church leaders mark Hiroshima bombing: ‘never again’

Assembly Record 2015 coverThe full official Record of the United Reformed Church General Assembly’s recent one-day meeting in Birmingham is now available.

The Assembly considered one issue only – the marriage of same-sex couples.

The Record is now available to be consulted or downloaded. A pastoral letter to all URC synods and congregations is also available, as is a brief information sheet about the registration of church buildings for marriage services of same-sex couples.