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URC remembers Ruth Clarke, 1935-2021

Content last modified on : 2021-01-27 20:33:42

Ruth Clarke, a trailblazer for all sorts of issues, especially the representation of women and young people in the Church and for the ecumenical movement, died on 11 January aged 85.
The Revd Peter McIntosh, 1938-2021

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It is with deep sadness that the United Reformed Church announces the death of the Revd Peter McIntosh, a former Moderator of its General Assembly and Director of The Windermere Centre.
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.
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
Families on Faith Adventures

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Families on Faith Adventures at Home is a free resource from the United Reformed Church to help families worship and pray together and develop their faith during lockdown and beyond
Church House and its staff

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Church House departments and staff
Worship and Spirituality

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Resources for use in planning and leading worship within United Reformed Church
URC challenges call to reopen places of worship in Scotland

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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.
Faith communities welcome nuclear weapons treaty coming into force

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The Joint Public Issues Team – representing the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church in Britain, and the Church of Scotland – along with 23 faith leaders from around England, Scotland and Wales issues a joint statement which welcomes the UN's Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons coming into force.
Welcome to Stepwise

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Find out more about Stepwise, the new discipleship development programme from the United Reformed Church
Reform magazine: God is dead. Long live God

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"Belief in God is dying in the west," says Martin Camroux, a retired United Reformed Church minister in this Reform article, "but the mystery of God is inescapable."
URC curates Fairtrade Fortnight service

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The Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, who leads Commitment for Life, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) global justice programme, has curated the Fairtrade Foundation’s online Ecumenical Service of Worship, for Fairtrade Fortnight.
What is the URC?

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church (URC), it's beliefs, history and structure
Youth & Children’s worker

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Youth & Children’s worker
January 2021 - Joseph Hartley - Yorkshire Synod

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Lundie Memorial Award for January 2021
Holocaust Memorial Day

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The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) have produced their resource materials for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021. Entitled ‘Be the Light in the Darkness’, the resource offers prayers and reflections for churches as they seek to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Interview of Rosie Buxton for Reform Magazine

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Reform magazine interview of CRCW Rosie Buxton in Huddersfield.
Eldership Resources

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The Eldership is a vital element within the United Reformed Church and we are grateful for the commitment and dedication of those who exercise this particular ministry within the church. This page car
Submit photos that represent life of URC

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The United Reformed Church (URC) Communications Department is seeking photographs from URC members that represent the life of the denomination.
Guidance from the Synod Moderators on closing church buildings for public worship

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Since our last guidance was issued (October 2020), it is clear that the new variant of the virus has caused a rapid and alarming increase in Coronavirus infections. In light of this, the Synod Moderators strongly recommend that churches should cease to meet for in-person worship and move exclusively to online or paper-based worship material.  You are reminded that the United Reformed Church (URC), through the Daily Devotions team, continue to produce Sunday services which can be listened to online and followed on paper, in addition to any local worship provision. While it is vital (literally, life-giving) to maintain our habits of worship, this cannot depend on meeting in a church building.
Ordinations and Inductions of Elders during the Covid-19 restrictions

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Read the United Reformed Church's (URC) advice on the induction of Elders during Covid-19 restrictions.
URC Synod Moderators’ guidance on closing church buildings for public worship

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In light of the rapid spread of the new variant of the Covid-19 virus, the United Reformed Church (URC) Synod Moderators provide updated advice to churches.
Israel and Palestine

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Enter your project into the URC's Community Awards 2021

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Applications for the United Reformed Church 2021 Community Awards are now open. Enter your project now!
United in Christ through God's calling

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The Moderators of the United Reformed Church General Assembly issues a statement in relation to the media interest surrounding the Church of England's Living in Love and Faith resource.
URC appoints new Assistant General Secretary

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A new interim, Assistant General Secretary has been appointed to serve the United Reformed Church (URC) for seven months.
Five-year-old who led a church service gains award

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A five-year-old boy who watched his dad lead a service and then asked if he could do the same has been named the recipient of November's Lundie Memorial Award.
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

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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.
Christmas greetings from the Moderators of the URC General Assembly

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A Christmas message from the Revd Clare Downing and Mr Peter Pay, Moderators of the United Reformed Church General Assembly
New Year's Day: God-Filled Moments

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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.
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.
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.
Greenbelt 2018

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URC Youth

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URC Youth is the umbrella title for all those young people and adults who are connected with the URC and fall into the 11 to 25 age bracket.
The URC is a member of...

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The URC is a member of... Working together with pages
Rural mission

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church's Rural Mission work in partnership with The Arthur Rank Centre.
Frequently asked questions

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Answers to more Stepwise questions
More about Faith-filled Community

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More about Faith-fuelled Leadership

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Introducing Stepwise

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Introducing Stepwise, the discipleship programme from the URC
More about Faith-filled Worship

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More about Faith-filled Life

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More about Faith-filled life
More about Faith-filled Confidence

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Same Mission

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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
Church urges government to protect aid budget

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The Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC) have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in response to reports this week that the government is preparing to cut the international aid budget.
Partner Countries

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November 2020 - Noah Boyce - Southern Synod

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Lundie Award for November given to Sam Boyce
August 2020 - Lucy Keep - West Midlands Synod

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Lundie Award to Lucy Keep, West Midlands
June 2020 - Louise Tiernen - North Western Synod

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Louise Tiernen receives Lundie Memorial Award
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.
Community Project Awards: enter now!

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Applications are now invited for the 2021 Community Project Awards - 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. To be eligible, the project must be run in the UK by a URC congregation or by a local ecumenical project involving the URC. The winning project could receive up to £2,000. 
Community Project Awards 2020

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Community Project Awards. The scheme recognises innovative community projects taking place in URC-connected churches.
Recognising and celebrating the birth of your baby

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United Reformed Church's free guide to help you plan the celebration of the birth of your child
Emerging into the "new normal"

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The latest free resource from the United Reformed Church, Emerging into the New Normal, provides the basis for further local discussion and some clear church policy for post-lockdown activity.
URC leads ‘amazing’ online pilgrimage to Bethlehem

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More than 100 people attended a United Reformed Church organised online pilgrimage to Bethlehem in September, raising £1,200 for struggling families in the region.
Free Remembrance resources available

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Remembrance Day: ‘Lights Out’ a reflection by the Revd Michael Meachin

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The Revd Michael Meachin, United Reformed Church Chaplain to the Royal Navy’s HMS Collingwood, offers this reflection for Remembrance Day 2020.
Mission Council meeting, 20 - 21 November, latest updates

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Mission Council, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) executive body, is meeting online from 20-21 November. We'll be providing updates here and on social media throughout the event.
Talented 21-year-old receives a URC Lundie Memorial Award

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October’s Lundie Memorial Award from the United Reformed Church's (URC) Children's and Youth Work team, has been awarded to a creative 21-year-old.
Faith institutions launch new wave of fossil fuel divestment

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Two United Reformed Church (URC) Synods have joined forces with 45 faith institutions from 21 countries to announce their divestment from fossil fuels.
Join the family - Membership in the United Reformed Church

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Find out more about the United Reformed Church and how you can become a member
Using places of worship and community halls during the November lockdown in England

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As the governments of Wales, Scotland and England continue to navigate slightly different paths in dealing with the coronavirus, the Synod Moderators commend to all our churches the challenge of the Welsh First Minister, who is encouraging people to think more about doing the right thing to keep ourselves and others safe from Covid-19, rather than forensically examining the latest guidance wondering how far a rule can be pushed or where we might find a loophole to exploit.
General Assembly

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Information and papers for the United Reformed Church General Assembly
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
Young Adults 18-25 years

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Young Adults aged 18 to 25: This page will give information about resources and activities specifically targeted at the 18 to 25 age group and their leaders, together with information about URC Youth and the Youth Exec.
Young People 11-18 years

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Young People aged 11 to 18: This page will give information about resources and activities specifically targeted at the 11 to 18 age group, their parents and leaders of youth groups, together with information about URC Youth and the Youth Exec.
Resources for Commitment for Life

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Resources for commitment for life
Worship

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Safeguarding people in the midst of coronavirus - update

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The Coronavirus (Covid-19) threat continues to emerge in the UK and throughout the rest of the world. At these difficult times, we would like to help churches not only promote everyone’ wellbeing but also consider actions for those who are more vulnerable in the next weeks and months.
Walking the Way resources

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Visit here regularly for steering group, featured and seasonal resources to encourage and enhance discipleship exploration with individuals, local churches and communities.
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
This month in Reform

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The November edition of the United Reformed Church's magazine, Reform, is out now!
URC launch safeguarding strategic plan

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The United Reformed Church has launched its five-year safeguarding strategic plan, and created a dedicated resource site.
New Moderator of URC’s Thames North Synod nominated

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The Revd George Watt, Minister of Reigate Park United Reformed Church (URC), has been nominated as the next Moderator of the Church’s Thames North Synod. 
CRCW - Other Agencies

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Children and Youth Friendly Church Award Scheme

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United Reformed Church Children and Youth Friendly Church Award Scheme helps churches open their doors to children and young people. Find out how your church can get involved.
European partners

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Explains the links between the URC and pan-European churches and ecumenical bodies.
Walking the Way: Living the life of Jesus today

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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.
Fairtrade Information

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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
Lockdown musings

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United Reformed Church community worker Ann Honey reflects on life and her work during the coronavirus pandemic
Kind-hearted young people receive Lundie Memorial Award

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Four young people have received a URC Lundie Memorial Award for their efforts in serving their communities.
October 2020 - Amelia Turner - Northern Synod

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United Reformed Church's Safeguarding Symposium

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In October 2020 the United Reformed Church held a Safeguarding Symposium to launch its five-year safeguarding strategic plan. 
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.
URC Church & Society resources

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Resources pages for Church and Society, United Reformed Church.
Reform magazine: Stay Online

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Packed with news, comment, inspiration and debate, consider buying a copy of the United Reformed Church's Reform magazine with you on your summer hols.
Safeguarding symposium to launch strategic plan

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The United Reformed Church’s Safeguarding team will launch the denomination’s safeguarding strategic plan with its first online symposium on 9 October from 12.30pm to 2pm via Zoom.
A pandemic wedding

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Fliss Tunnard, a United Reformed Church Related Community Work (CRCW) student, reflects on the highs and lows of organising her wedding during the pandemic.
Moderator of Scottish synod answers new call

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The Revd Dr David Pickering has answered a new call in his ministry and will be stepping down as Moderator of the United Reformed Church's National Synod of Scotland.
News from around the URC

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A selection of summer news from around the United Reformed Church
Now available: The 2021 URC Prayer Handbook: Conversations

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The United Reformed Church's 2021 Prayer Handbook, Conversations, edited by Karen Campbell and Ian Fosten, is now available to buy from the URC Bookshop.
Winchmore Hill URC wins eco award

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Winchmore Hill United Reformed Church has gained a bronze-level A Rocha Eco Church Award.
New carbon calculator tool for churches

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United Reformed Churches can assess and track the carbon footprint of their buildings and activities across different areas using a new free online tool.
URC Moderator Paul Whittle returning to Scotland

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A new moderator of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland has been nominated to serve an interim three-year term.
Commitment for Life applauds delivery of #KeepKitKatFairtrade petition

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The Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, Coordinator for Commitment for Life, the United Reformed Church’s global justice programme has applauded campaigners who delivered a petiton, signed by 300,000 people, to Nestle's KitKat factory in York in objection to the company's plan to stop using Fairtrade chocolate.
Equalities Policy

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Read the United Reformed Church's Equal Opportunities Policy
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.

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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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