In June, Derek Estill will attend the induction of Rabbi Danny Bergson at St Anne’s Synagogue, Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire. He will also preach at Bolton le Sands United Reformed Church, to a congregation from the North Lancashire Pastorate; take an assembly at the URC primary school in Barrrow, Lancashire; and lead worship at Birkdale URC, for the churches served by Southport Formby Team Ministry’s group of churches, Merseyside.
The Revd Nigel Uden will attend an open day at Westminster College, Cambridge, before visiting the URC’s ecumenical partners in North America: the United Church of Canada and the United Church of Christ. He will also serve as chaplain to the URC’s history society conference in Cambridge, and address representatives of URCs in Enfield and east Hertfordshire.
Nigel Uden, Moderator of the United Reformed Church General Assembly, sees liberation in a new light, on a visit to the Channel Islands
My father’s caution about me becoming a minister was that I would be bored. If one is not part of the Church, that is perhaps an unsurprising concern. But in this case, my father’s concern was not justified. Long before he died, I think he recognised how stimulating ministry is. He wouldn’t have used this language, but what could be more stimulating than to be caught up in the Body of Christ, with its vocation to help the world know what God has given it in Jesus Christ? Apart from anything else, I have never stopped learning, never ceased to have new experiences, and never finished encountering different people and their cultures.
Liberation Sculpture, 1995
St Helier, Jersey
A recent new experience of mine was going to the Channel Islands to visit the United Reformed churches on both Guernsey and Jersey. My only previous trip had been a fleeting preaching engagement ten years ago at the Sion Church in the St John’s parish on Jersey. Continue reading
My efforts to maintain my meat abstinence’s during Lent has proved to be quite successful and helped me think more deeply about what we are doing to our planet earth through our meat-eating habits when there are so many alternatives available. I now find that my action has changed my habit and I am taking more care to seek out and enjoy other foods. As I sit down to write this blog I have just enjoyed scrambled eggs followed by apple crumble, so habits can be changed and as we increasingly think about how we are messing up our planet this can only be a good thing, thank you JPIT for your encouragement.
April saw my granddaughter get married, it was a glorious occasion with family and friends, young and older, all coming together in harmony. It was also a joyous time for us all and reminds us that this is what life should be all about as we remember what Jesus said about loving one another. As you may know I am involved in Interfaith work and my family is an Interfaith family. To me and my wife this is a real blessing as our Christian and Muslim family members join to share life’s joys, concerns and dreams which I believe is what God wants us all to do. It is of course important whilst doing this that we live out our faith in all we do with integrity and honesty sharing all that life brings us. As you may know Nigel and myself as General Assembly Moderators are encouraging everyone to listen carefully to each other and then to put our faith into action. This of course requires us to be strong in our faith and open to others as Jesus was. Continue reading