Author Archives: Alan Yates

Au Revoir

Kevin and Alan with our chaplains Mark and Gwen at the start of our journey in 2016

It is with very mixed feelings that we publish our final blog as GA Moderators.  It has been a very rich and rewarding time for us both, and we hope we have managed to share that with you.  The two years since we announced our theme of ‘The People of God’ seem to have flown past.  We chose the theme as a preparation for the denomination embarking upon Walking the Way. Before starting to Walk the Way, did that mean the United Reformed Church was standing still, or had it not even got out of bed in the morning? Continue reading

Spirit of Windrush: Contributions to Multicultural Britain

John Proctor and I were invited to the Spirit of Windrush thanksgiving service in Westminster Abbey on Friday, the 70th anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks with over 500 women and men from the Caribbean.  These people agreed to emigrate to the UK, at our government’s request, to help us rebuild the UK after the devastation of the 2nd World War.

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Church of Scotland General Assembly

The Twin Towers of the Assembly rooms in Edinburgh

I had the pleasure of going to the Church of Scotland (CoS) General Assembly this month. This has been an enriching experience for me for a whole host of reasons.
Just in case you are not aware, the CoS is a Presbyterian church … and some might say The Presbyterian church; so, they are a very close neighbour of ours in both geographical and ecclesiological terms. Note that it is the Scottish Episcopal Church that is part of the Anglican Communion. Continue reading