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BLM by Clay Banks UnsplashWe are two-thirds into Black History Month 2020. Reflecting on the journey so far, Karen Campbell, United Reformed Church (URC) Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, wonders what people are doing to mark it?  

Perhaps you have read a relevant book or reflected on some telling biblical texts.  Maybe you have researched one or more 'hidden' black heroes - their positive contributions to the world as we know it. 

Read more: Black History Month: how do we mark it?

Swansea CRCW Tuesday Donation MorningThe Covid-19 pandemic has impacted churches and church groups in a variety of ways. But what has remained steadfast is the desperate need of the vulnerable.

Adella Pritchard, a United Reformed Church (URC) Related Community Worker (CRCW) in Swansea, speaks to Roo Stewart, URC Programme Support Officer (Church and Society), about how the churches she supports have responded to the needs of their communities since lockdown.

Read more: Swansea churches doing justice, loving mercy, walking humbly

resized image Promo 89Take the opportunity during Black History Month to visit the United Reformed Church’s new webpage that explores the legacies of slavery.

On the page, you’ll find a range of resources including recommendations for reading, watching and listening for children and adults, YouTube clips to prompt reflection and conversation, films, music links, and much more.

Read more: Black History Month: explore legacies of slavery

Reform Oct issue news bannerHow the pandemic has affected the charity sector by Stephen Tomkins

The coronavirus pandemic has been overwhelming for charities. Lockdown has devastated fundraising, whether through events, personal giving, shops and contracts. At the same time, many charities faced a sharp increase in demand. Coming on top of a decade of governmental austerity, the prospect is grim.

Read more: The charities crisis

Advent kit bannerThe United Reformed Church Children’s and Youth Work and Communications Teams have launched a new Advent and Christmas kit for churches to engage with families.

Advent Hope & Joy is a low cost kit that can be given to families to show that the church remembers them, cares for them and wants to connect with them, and are sized so that they can be posted through letterboxes.

Read more: New Advent and Christmas kit for churches launched

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