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June 2021

The following appointments are subject to change.

In June, the Revd Clare Downing will attend the business committee, Moat United Reformed Church 150th anniversary, and will preach at Banstead URC. Mr Peter Pay will attend the induction of the new Thames North Synod Moderator, the mission and business committees, and will preach at Trinity Wimbledon URC. 

For more about and stories from the General Assembly Moderators, visit www.urc.org.uk/modsblog

It’s a fair COP

As you may have heard, the UN’s Conference of the Parties, also known as COP26, will be held in Glasgow from 1-12 November where world leaders will gather to seek and strengthen international agreements around collective action to reduce global carbon emissions.

There is real hope that a new and more ambitious agreement will be reached during the conference; that a ‘Glasgow agreement’ may succeed the 2015 ‘Paris agreement’ and be more effective as more nations seem ready to recognise and to address their own carbon emissions.

The General Secretary and I were recently invited to join a consultation of about 35 faith leaders by Alok Shama MP, President of COP26. It was very encouraging to hear from speakers from a wide range of faiths and of Christian denominations, all taking the issue seriously. There was a clear recognition that climate change is a real threat and that action is urgent. Climate change will affect all generations and we need to develop a passion for action. I sensed a real desire of faith communities to work together and a genuine government wish to work with us. There were comments about the need for action not just words or promises, and a recognition that it is time to treat the issue seriously and urgently. Deep concern was also expressed for the injustice to those who suffer the consequences of climate change to be recognised, along with a need to redress the damage and loss experienced and to find ways to compensate victims.
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May 2021

The following appointments are subject to change.

In May, the Revd Clare Downing will attend the accreditations and the children’s and youth work committees, and will preach in Swaledale and the South West Hants Group. Mr Peter Pay will be representing the United Reformed Church at the Church of Scotland General Assembly, which will be held virtually.

For more about and stories from the General Assembly Moderators, visit www.urc.org.uk/modsblog.