Minister’s Thoughts

We remember those killed in warfare

Having been born seven years after the end of World War II, I have not experienced warfare. Apart, that is, from the early weeks of 1990, when I was in Bucharest shortly after the collapse of the rule of the tyrant Nicolae Ceaușescu. I was visiting to see what could be done for the babies…

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Global Day for Climate Justice

All eyes are on Glasgow and the Cop26 summit, as delegates from around the world are discussing what can be done about the climate emergency. Protesters are out on the streets, angrily demanding action now. The United Reformed Church is a family of Christians who meet in local churches across England, Scotland and Wales, part of…

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Making A Difference For Christ’s Sake

We pray this weekend for a positive and far reaching response to COP 26; may those attending, do their best to come up with an extensive commitment to save the planet. The start of November celebrates All Saints’ Day in many churches in the UK. It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and…

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People of God

People with disabilities don’t want special treatment. They just want to be treated like everyone else. As the Paralympics begin in the coming week, we honour and celebrate the determination and courage of those competing. In days past, any disability was seen as shameful, as punishment for sin committed. Even today, some able-bodied people stare…

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Destruction on biblical proportions!

After the joy of the Olympics, this week has given the world some stark news. July was earth’s hottest month ever. Ahead of the conference looking at what governments can do to cut emissions and get the world back on a course of renewal, turning the policies of generations around to reduce the climate emergency,…

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Is it summer for everyone?

A walk on a beach, a swim in the sea – sandcastles and kiss-me-quick hats. Summer! Hot and not so hot, calm and also windy. Breakfast in the garden, or on the balcony, or in a café. Ice cream. Family time or on your own.  Holidays or stay at home. Playing in the courtyard or…

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What’s happened to the Common Good?

I chose to become a minister of religion, not a policeman. But in the days of Covid, I feel sometimes that is what I have become: a policeman! Trying to keep people safe – and everyone wants the church building to be a place of safety, don’t they? – has become a difficult and lonely…

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Will the Olympics still hold its magic

That sporting festival known as the Olympic Games is due to start in the coming week. After a year’s delay, the sportsmen and women are gathering in Tokyo to prepare to amaze and thrill us all in displays of winning and losing, of highs and lows, of intimacy and spectacle, but in empty stadiums and arenas, the…

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Loving one another – the Jesus way!

With Wimbledon and Euro 2020 climaxing this weekend, and after eighteen months of restrictions, there is a taste of freedom and celebration in the air. Crowds are beginning to gather and, for some, an opportunity to get together with friends and family for the first time in many months. For others, they are fearful and anxious about opening up….

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Not the world as it was!

Strawberries and cream can often signify Wimbledon fortnight and the beginning of summer. A time to unwind, enjoy the warmer weather and make the most of the light evenings. This year, the 19th July is developing a special relevance as people from around the UK start to plan life again as we always knew it. But will…

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