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wyllieThe Revd Fran Ruthven, who served as a special category minister with responsibility for older people ministry, considers the vital capacity to bounce back from adversity.

It is no secret that older people make up the majority membership of our churches in the URC. And while I understand the concerns raised about the lack of younger people in the church, that concern need not dampen our appreciation for all the experience, wisdom and creativity that is present in our older membership.

In recent years there has been much interest in resiliency: the ability of a person to rebound even stronger from adverse events, circumstances or conditions. Resiliency is often seen as contributing to a longer, healthier, improved quality of life.

Read more: Appreciating resiliency


This Saturday – 26 September – at St John’s Church Waterloo in London, the United Reformed Church's Southern Synod holds its Earthyear: The Conversation event.

At this conference, key academics, faith leaders and activists will introduce the latest thinking about climate change, and the most effective responses to the challenges. Earthyear: The Conversation is an opportunity for everybody to understand the issues at stake and how best to take action.

Representatives of the communities most vulnerable to rising sea levels will also be present. Speakers from the Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu will speak of how they are responding to the likelihood of their nations becoming uninhabitable within their lifetimes. Maina Talia from Tuvalu says, "Our culture, our life, our heritage, and our language are all rooted in the land, I am afraid that Tuvaluans will likely lose our lands to the sea in the future if nothing is done."

Read more: The Conversation: we need to talk about climate change

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