Face to face

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of taking part in the worship at the launch of the CWM Face to Face programme in the Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham.

CWM Face to Face participants including Wayne Hawkins (CWM) on the left and Eve Parker (URC) on the right

At present there does seem to be a lot of traumatic events happening in the lives of our citizens, so much so that it may cause our nations to have a rather inward focus.  Being part of the CWM family has many benefits, one of which is to bring us closer to our Christian sisters and brothers who live overseas.  This was very evident in the Face to Face programme.  The programme brings 12  students, who are preparing for ministry, to the UK for seven weeks to consider, this year, Migration and Human Trafficking, and is being hosted by the URC.  CWM expects that the students’ exposure to these issues will enlarge the horizons of theological students as part of a church’s capacity building strategy, deepen students’ theological insights and equip them for multicultural ministry.  All good objectives, but in reality the programme will be much more two-way than that.  It is already clear that the URC will be enriched by the presence of these enthusiastic, devout and thoughtful students – and I thank the CWM for that.

During the programme the students will get involved with half a dozen placements across the UK where the URC is working with migration and human trafficking initiatives – and that is good news that URC churches and members are so active in this arena; thank the Lord.



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