Church and Society

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“Learn to do good;
seek justice, rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan, plead for the widow.”
Isaiah 1:17

Church and Society supports and enables the United Reformed Church to live out the gospel in society, by challenging injustice and working for peace. It is part of the United Reformed Church's Mission Team and the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), an ecumenical partnership involving the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the Church of Scotland. We:

  • help the Church to speak and act prophetically on key issues of justice and peace facing society

  • provide resources, campaigns and events that help people to make the links between faith, politics and social action, and respond appropriately.

Recent Church & Society news (updated 12 March 2021)

  • Nuclear ban treaty: On 22 January 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered force, making nuclear weapons illegal in international law. However, the UK and other nuclear states still refuse to engage with the process. A new short video statement from multiple faith leaders celebrates this significant milestone in the campaign against nuclear weapons, of which the URC has been a strong supporter over many years. 

  • Reset the Debt: We continue to highlight the crisis facing millions of families in Britain who have been forced into unavoidable debt as a result of Covid-19, and to call for a ‘jubilee’ debt write-off to be part of the solution. Find out more and join the call at www.resetthedebt.uk.

  • International aid budget: Following the government’s decision to renege on the UK’s commitment to devote 0.7% of national income to addressing global poverty and the emergency resolution on this subject at the November Mission Council, ecumenical briefing materials have been prepared to help church members to raise the matter with MPs. They are available at www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/aid.

  • Climate Sunday: With the UN Climate Summit being hosted in Glasgow in November, 2021 offers a major opportunity for action on the climate emergency – locally, nationally and internationally. The URC supports and commends Climate Sunday, an ecumenical initiative which is resourcing local churches to hold a ‘Climate Sunday’ service between now and September, commit to action, and speak up for a cleaner, greener, fairer future. To encourage others to get involved, you're welcome to share this two-minute video at a synod or church meeting.

Six Hopes for Society

See the JPIT website or click the links below for information about the team's current priorities and latest resources.

Resources and staying in touch

If you’re looking for documents specifically related to the URC’s Church and Society work, visit our resources page.

You can stay in touch with our work by signing up to receive our monthly newsletter and following Church and Society on Twitter at @URCCAS for daily inspiration and useful links.

If you would like someone to speak on an issue at a meeting you are organising, or if you have stories to share, please contact us. 

Fellowship of Reconciliation (formerly URC Peace Fellowship)

In March 2020, the URC Peace Fellowship became part of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Visit the Fellowship of Reconciliation website for information and resources. 

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