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General Assembly

Content last modified on : 2021-06-10 15:11:36

The URC's General Assembly will take place online from 9 – 12 July 2021. This page will be updated with information about the meeting as details are confirmed.
More about Faith-fuelled Leadership

Content last modified on : 2021-06-10 15:10:00

Find out more about Faith-fuelled Leadership, one of the streams in Stepwise, the United Reformed Church's discipleship development programme
Legacies of Slavery

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Explore how the Legacies of Slavery continue to affect all of life today. These resources include Bible Studies, Films, Books, Papers, Prayers and Theology. These cover topics like the History of Slavery and Colonisation, White Privilege, Restorative Justice and how we can begin to build more conscious, just and anti-racist communities.
Blackburn Church Related Community Worker reflects on lessons from lockdown

Content last modified on : 2021-06-09 09:46:34

Blog: Lockdown has been hard on many communities but as we move on, what needs to change and what needs to remain?
Families on Faith Adventures

Content last modified on : 2021-06-08 15:08:00

Families on Faith Adventures at Home is a free resource from the URC to help families worship and pray together and develop their faith during lockdown
Take action to restore the UK Government’s international aid commitment

Content last modified on : 2021-06-08 13:58:23

Members of the URC are being urged to write to their MP to ask them to back a restoration of the UK’s international aid budget in a parliamentary vote today.
About us

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church - who we are, what we do and how you can get involved
Chelmsford CRCWs boost morale of dementia-friendly group during pandemic

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In this reflection, Maria J.Y. Lee, a United Reformed Church Related Community Worker (CRCW) based in Chelmsford, talks about the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable and elderly people who suddenly found themselves isolated due to the pandemic.
Chelmsford dementia-friendly group offers support and companionship during the pandemic

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Maria Lee, a Church Related Community Worker, tells us how her team has been supporting the vulnerable and elderly in Chelmsford during the pandemic
Resources for Children and Youth

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Children's and Youth Work Resources : This page links to a range of resources for use with children, young people and in intergenerational settings, including CYW publications, Pilots publicaations and a set of resources to support Holy Habits.
Commitment for Life

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Commitment for Life is the global justice programme of the United Reformed Church. We partner with Christian Aid and Global Justice Now, enabling local URC congregations to engage in mission in four regions: Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Central America and Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory
Knitters knit more than 100 blankets for Malawi charity

Content last modified on : 2021-05-28 15:39:19

Kind-hearted members of Gillingham United Reformed Church (URC), in the Southern Synod, have knitted and crocheted 120 blankets for friends in Malawi.
Thanksgiving service held for retiring Thames North Moderator

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The United Reformed Church marked the retirement of the Revd Dr Andrew Prasad, Moderator of the Thames North Synod, on May 22 with a service of celebration and thanksgiving by Zoom, attended by more than 140 people from around the world.
Children's and Youth Work Committee Grants

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Grants: This page explains how to apply for a small grant from the Children's and Youth Work Committee and shares the reports from groups and individuals who received grants in order to show the type of activities and opportunities the grant might be used towards.
Reform magazine: June edition

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This month in Reform, Steven Tomkins talks to Chine McDonald, author of God is Not a White Man, about race and faith.
Content Editor

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Content Editor
Global and Intercultural Ministries

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The United Reformed Church Global and Intercultural Ministries promotes racial justice, intercultural relationships and the world church
Church House and its staff

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Church House departments and staff
URC joins coalition to show it stands together with refugees

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The United Reformed Church has become a founding member of new campaign coalition Together With Refugees.
Life as a Church Related Community Worker during lockdown

Content last modified on : 2021-05-19 14:28:50

Lockdown during the pandemic has been very difficult for may people as social interaction has practically grinded to a halt. CRCW Marie Trubic found her love of crime dramas helped her through a challenging time and made her realise how her role as a CRCW is similar in some ways, to that of a detective!
The URC Visual Identity Guide

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A free guide to help churches and church organisations follow the URC's visual identity in their publications.
#CandleOfJustice: a moment of action on 25 May 

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Join the United Reformed Church and Churches Together in England on 25 May for 'Candle of Justice: a moment of action' – commemorating the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder.
Equalities Policy

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Information about the United Reformed Church's commitment to Equality and Diversity
Faith groups urge Home Secretary to rethink new immigration plan

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The United Reformed Church has joined faith groups and faith leaders to urge Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, to rethink the government's proposed New Plan for Immigration, which they say lacks humanity and respect for human dignity.
Thy Kingdom Come: Time to Pray...

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Thursday 13 May 2021 marks the beginning of Thy Kingdom Come, an annual, global movement uniting individuals and churches from places and traditions all around the world in prayer for ten days. It begins after ascension day, marking Jesus’ return to heaven after resurrection, and ends at Pentecost, when we celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to empower us in living the life of Jesus today. A warm invitation I extended to everyone connected with the United Reformed Church to join in this exciting journey.
How does Stepwise work?

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Stepwise is the discipleship programme from the URC - find out more about how it works and how you can be part of it
Black History Monthly: reflections on poetry by Black Writers

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The next session in the United Reformed Church Black History Monthly initiative takes place on 17 May from 7.30-8.30pm.
Children under 11

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 Here you'll find information, resources and activities from the United Reformed Church (URC) specifically targeted at the under 11s age group, their parents and leaders of children's work, with links to Pilots and the Child Friendly Church awards.
Supporting those in need has been a lifeline during the pandemic

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Supporting the community in a pandemic. Church Related Community Work students on placement working at local foodbanks and supporting families in need at a time of crisis.
URC Youth

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URC Youth is for young people and adults who are connected with the United Reformed Church and are between 11-25 years of age
Children and Youth

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URC Children's and Youth Work Home Page: these pages will provide you with information on services, resources, events and opportunities related to children and young people in the URC
New from URC Publishing: Constance - Pioneer, Pastor, Preacher

Content last modified on : 2021-05-06 15:10:00

Constance - Pioneer, Pastor, Preacher is a new book is published by the United Reformed Church (URC) on behalf of the Council for World Mission, the Congregational Federation and the Ecumenical Forum of European Christian Women.
The Manor Church and Community Project, Sheffield

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The Manor Church and Community Project, Sheffield
New Life Project, Huddersfield

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Chelmsford URC and LEP

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Global faith leaders call for an end to vaccine nationalism

Content last modified on : 2021-05-05 16:37:23

The United Reformed Church General Assembly Moderators, the Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, joined 143 faith leaders across the world in calling for the production and distribution of enough Covid vaccines for the entire global population.
More about Faith-filled Life

Content last modified on : 2021-05-04 20:39:56

Find out more about Faith-filled Life, one of the streams in Stepwise, the United Reformed Church's discipleship development programme
More about Faith-filled Worship

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Find out more about Faith-filled Worship, one of the streams in Stepwise, the United Reformed Church's discipleship development programme
More about Faith-filled Community

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Find out more about Faith-filled Community, one of the streams in Stepwise, the United Reformed Church's discipleship development programme
More about Faith-filled Confidence

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Find out more about Faith-filled Confidence, one of the streams in Stepwise, the United Reformed Church's discipleship development programme
Welcome to Stepwise

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Find out more about Stepwise, the discipleship development programme from the United Reformed Church
Introducing Stepwise

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Find out about the 5 streams of Stepwise, the discipleship development programme from the URC
Hundreds attend the URC Buildings Forum first digital conference

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More than 270 people attended the United Reformed Church Buildings Forum’s first online conference on 19 April.
URC vaccine campaign raises more than £20,000 for charity

Content last modified on : 2021-04-26 16:40:04

Generous donors have helped the United Reformed Church (URC) beat its initial fundraising target of £5,000 to raise a whopping £18,796 for Christian Aid.
URC appoints new Deputy General Secretary of Discipleship

Content last modified on : 2021-04-23 18:08:58

The Revd Adrian Bulley, currently Synod Clerk for the United Reformed Church National Synod of Wales and Convenor of the URC Business Committee, has been appointed the new Deputy General Secretary (Discipleship).
A summary of Mission Council

Content last modified on : 2021-04-21 14:18:23

A summary of Mission Council within the United Reformed Church
Partner Countries

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Community Project Awards

Content last modified on : 2021-04-13 15:38:51

The Community Project Awards is an initiative run by the United Reformed Church (URC) in collaboration with Congregational, one of the UK's leading church insurance providers. The awards recognise innovative community projects that have a positive affect on local communities and the winning project can receive up to £2,000. 
Search for God leads to walk with God in Norwich

Content last modified on : 2021-04-12 10:10:10

For one person searching for God in Norwich, Eastern Synod, the answer came in an unexpected way; a call to walk with God. They share more with us:
The death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Content last modified on : 2021-04-09 11:28:41

The United Reformed Church has expressed its sadness at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9 aged 99.
URC issues statement expressing shock at events in Myanmar

Content last modified on : 2021-04-09 09:25:19

Members of the United Reformed Church (URC) have expressed shock and dismay at recent events taking place in Myanmar, starting with the military coup on 1 February.
Could you hold a Climate Sunday?

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Hannah Brown, Campaigns and Church Engagement Officer, for the Joint Public Issues Team introduces Climate Sunday.
Call for Covid-19 debt cancellation for the poorest countries

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:37:25

The new Moderators of General Assembly, Claire Downing and Peter Pay, have joined 75 other faith leaders to call for a ‘debt jubilee’ for the 77 poorest nations as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
URC challenges call to reopen places of worship in Scotland

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:34:10

The United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland is sad to learn that some church leaders are threatening legal action if the Scottish government does not reverse its decision to close places of worship during the current phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lockdown musings

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:17:18

United Reformed Church community worker Ann Honey reflects on life and her work during the coronavirus pandemic
News from around the URC

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:15:26

A selection of summer news from around the United Reformed Church
Marlpool URC feeds families with food and love during pandemic

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:14:20

Ruth Filsak of Marlpool URC in Derbyshire explains how feeding families has enabled the congregation to continue Walking the Way of Jesus during these difficult times of pandemic.
Hope and Joy: Let there be bread shared in URC’s Mersey Synod

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Roy Barker, a member of St James' Church, in Woolton, a local United Reformed and Methodist Church ecumencial patnership, talks about the holy habit of sharing bread with members of his community.
Sharing hope and joy in Yorkshire and the West Midlands

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:12:27

As part of the Advent season, the United Reformed Church (URC) is gathering stories of hope and joy from around the denomination. Here’s a selection from the URC's Yorkshire and West Midlands Synods to enjoy.
Creating new community in the challenging times ahead

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Taking care of and connecting those in your community.
Busy church beats lockdown blues

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:09:02

United Reformed Churches, like Christ Church in Petts Wood, in the URC’s Southern Synod, have risen to the challenge in keeping people connected. The Revd Nadene Snyman explains.
Lockdown can’t stop Tabernacle

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 13:06:28

Clive Malcolm, Treasurer of Rodborough Tabernacle URC in Gloucestershire, explains how the initial shock of lockdown hasn’t stopped people Walking the Way of Jesus.
Wedding during a pandemic

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 12:02:16

Church Related Community Work student, Fliss Tunnard, reflects on the highs and lows of organising her wedding during the pandemic and how her faith has helped get through these difficult times and find joy in the simple things in life.
New Year's Day: God-Filled Moments

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 11:43:53

Karen Campbell, Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries for the United Reformed Church, reflects on the tumultuous 2020 and looks ahead to 2021 in this reflection for New Year’s Day.
Catch a glimpse of God's light this Christmas

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The Revd Dr John Bradbury, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, compares the change in Mary and Joseph’s plan for their firstborn to the havoc wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic, and God’s presence through it all in this reflection for Christmas day.
Christmas Eve: What's the point?

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As the wait for Christmas reaches its end, Simon Peters, Project Manager for Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today, considers what we have to look forward to during, what for many will be, a very strange Christmas.
‘2020 Christmas was different, but the story was the same’

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Christmas may be different, but the message is the same was the message proclaimed by many churches during the 2020 festive period on postcards sent out to the local community, along with efforts to provide ‘Christmas Dinner on Jesus’, feeding over 5000 folk with a bumper Christmas meal and many other tasty treats including 2565 selection boxes for children. This is only one example of the many creative ways in which individuals and churches worked together to live the life of Jesus over a Christmas and New Year like no other due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Synod Moderators issue new guidance on reopening of church buildings

Content last modified on : 2021-04-08 11:38:46

As lockdown restrictions and governments’ stay-at-home requirements begin to gradually ease across the UK, the United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators provide updated advice to churches.
Give thanks for your vaccine through URC fundraiser

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The United Reformed Church (URC) is trying to raise £5,000 for its ‘Give Thanks for Your Vaccine’ fundraising campaign, developed with Christian Aid.
Friends on Faith Adventures

Content last modified on : 2021-04-07 14:35:21

Friends On Faith Adventures (FOFA) offers child-centric, biblical discipleship for children aged five to 11+.
What is the URC?

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church (URC), it's beliefs, history and structure
Mission Council day one round-up: 15 March 2021

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The spring meeting of Mission Council, the executive body of United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly, opened on 15 March. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the meeting was held digitally.
URC West Midlands Synod first to achieve eco award

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Congratulations to the United Reformed Church West Midlands Synod which has become the first across the denomination to achieve an A Rocha UK Bronze Eco Synod award.
Spring meeting of Mission Council taking place digitally

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The spring meeting of the United Reformed Church (URC) Mission Council is due to take place digitally from 15-17 March.
Mission Council day two round-up: 16 March 2021

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The Revd Helen Everard, chaplain to the Moderators of URC General Assembly, led worship on the second morning of Mission Council, held on 16 March.
Mission council day three round-up: 17 March 2021

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Day three of Mission Council opened on 17 March with worship led by the Revd Helen Everard, Chaplain to the Moderators of the United Reformed Church General Assembly.
Mission Council round-up: 15-17 March 2021

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The spring meeting of Mission Council, the executive body of United Reformed Church General Assembly, was held from 15-17 March digitally.
Maundy Thursday: The April Fool

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This year, Maundy Thursday and April Fool’s Day falls on the same day, 1 April. The Revd Adrian Bulley, United Reformed Church Assistant General Secretary, reflects on this juxtaposition.
Easter Sunday: Recognising Jesus in your neighbourhood

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Steve Summers, United Reformed Church Development Worker for Church Related Community Work and Special Category Ministry, explores how we can use the resurrection of Jesus to build back better post pandemic.
What does the URC believe?

Content last modified on : 2021-03-31 18:44:39

The Revd Dr Robert Pope, Convenor of the United Reformed Church (URC’s) Faith & Order Committee, is Editor of a new series which explain what the denomination believes on subjects which include: God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Creation and much more.
The Church Leadership Programme

Content last modified on : 2021-03-31 12:51:17

A programme to refresh experienced lay and ordained leaders in authentic leadership, helping leaders to develop skills from their core sense of being
March 2021 - Mae Valle - Thames North Synod

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Mae Valle Lundie Award March 2021
Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today

Content last modified on : 2021-03-29 11:08:03

Walking the Way is the United Reformed Church’s focus on whole-of-life discipleship. It’s not a programme or initiative. Instead, it’s all about celebrating and sharing existing experience and wisdom about what it means to empower people to be the presence of Jesus through their everyday lives, across the denomination, and beyond.
Gathered youth groups continue thanks to Zoom

Content last modified on : 2021-03-26 17:03:29

Youth work is all about relationships, but how can you maintain youth workers maintain those relationships when they can’t meet with young people physically? Leo Roberts, Children’s and Youth Work Development Officer for the URC’s Northwestern Synod, explains how online gathered youth groups have helped him, and the young people he works with, maintain their connections.
Same Mission

Content last modified on : 2021-03-25 18:56:29

The United Reformed Church wants to know about your experience of coping with Coronavirus in your community. It's also inviting you to join online discussion groups to learn about the responses of local churches and projects to the pandemic
Education for Ministry Phase 3

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URC and PCT to mark centenary of the death of Dr James L Maxwell

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The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) and the United Reformed Church Taiwanese Fellowship in London are holding a thanksgiving service to commemorate the centenary of the death of the PCT's founder, Dr James Laidlaw Maxwell on 6 March.
Food poverty hidden from sight

Content last modified on : 2021-03-24 17:53:09

Find out how Ashbourne Road Church in Derby has been supporting families living in food poverty with emergency food packs during the pandemic
One year on: feeling our way towards recovery and rebuilding     

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A year on from lockdown: a blog by Carla A. Grosch-Miller from Tragedy and Congregations
Intercultural Resources

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Youth leaders protected from spiders and crocodiles in Leatherhead

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Earlier this year, whilst youth clubs in Leatherhead, Southern Synod were closed due to Covid, youth work moved online. Video calls and Minecraft became a lifeline, both for groups and one-to-one calls with young people, but some protection from spiders and crocodiles has been necessary. Here are anonymised examples of how this has helped two young people in particular.
Education & Learning

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The United Reformed Church Education and Learning team support adult learning and faith development.
Frequently asked questions

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Find the answers to more Stepwise questions here
Chorley URC

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Chorley URC CRCW Project
North East Blackburn Group

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Mal Breeze,CRCW minister. NE Blackburn project.
Campaigns

Content last modified on : 2021-03-15 11:04:35

Campaigns food speculation, climate change, The Big Shift, Pray and Fast for the Climate, TTIP, Gender
Safeguarding staff

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Safeguarding staff: Jim Gascoigne: Safeguarding Administrator
Israel and Palestine

Content last modified on : 2021-03-09 09:38:04

Caring for Creation

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Caring for Creation is the United Reformed Church project to deepen and strengthen our care for God’s creation, in worship, decision-making, and wider community engagement
Inter Faith enabling group

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Describes the function and membership of the Inter Faith Enabling Group.

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Moderators' blog
In this blog the Revd David Grosch-Miller and John Ellis, moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, write and reflect on the things they do, places they visit, people they meet, and moments/events in the life of the United Reformed Church and beyond during their time in office.

 

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