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Faith and Order

Our Church’s faith and order committee has been working for a few years on ‘What is the Spirit saying to the churches?’. Material was presented at the General Assembly in 2014 and again in 2016, and after the 2014 Assembly there was also a wide-ranging consultation with local congregations around the URC.

This edited version of the 2016 material sums up the committee’s message. Our Church has a calling to live, a task to fulfil, a great God to serve, and grace sufficient for the journey ahead. We hope that people will find this message refreshingly positive. In some churches it may give resource material for preaching or discussion. We commend it to you, and commend you to God’s guidance, wisdom and love.

what is the spirit coverThe What is the Spirit saying to the Churches? booklet may be downloaded here.


scarves reformationIn October 1517, according to legend, Martin Luther pinned his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in an action that is seen as the starting point of the Reformation. Five hundred years have seen the blending of various strands of Reformation theology and the development of new features, but the heart of it remains and the Quincentenary of Luther’s unusual protest continues to be marked in many different ways:

  • In Germany, national celebrations took place earlier this year, with the Kirchentag in Berlin and Wittenberg at the end of May and the biennial gathering of the International Ecumenical Fellowship in July. A team from the United Reformed Church joined 145,000 people at the Kirchentag celebrations to celebrate the theme ‘You See Me’. Read more.

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Information and Resources

Luther Reformation booklet
Reformation 500: The Lutheran Council of Great Britain
Reformation Anniversary: Church of England
Churches Together in England:




The remit of the faith and order committee:

To address issues of faith and order on behalf of the United Reformed Church.

To participate in and respond to ecumenical and inter-faith discussions on faith and order issues.

To advise the assembly, its officers and committees on questions of faith and order.

To listen to concerns raised by local churches, synods and individuals and to advise as appropriate.

To publish and disseminate occasional materials relating to questions of faith and order.

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