Category Archives: Moderator’s blog

Introducing the Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson, General Assembly Moderator 2023-2024

In this blog, Tessa introduces herself and outlines her aspirations for her moderatorial year:

Friends, I am Tessa Henry-Robinson – Minister of the Word and Sacraments in a four-congregation pastorate in Thames North Synod. I am the present Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church. I am also a spouse, mother, grandmother, sibling, and colleague.

In my moderatorial year, I aim to meet many of you where you are and look forward to visiting partners of the URC where they are, having already attended the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Wales.

I am interested in listening to and sharing stories, insights, and experiences as part of my commitment to assist in helping to guide the denomination to become a Church where all God’s people are embraced with grace, peace and the knowledge that they are seen and heard.

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Introducing the General Assembly Chaplains 2023-2024

The Revd Dr Tessa Henry-Robinson made history at the 2023 United Reformed Church (URC) General Assembly when she was inducted as its first Black and ethnically-minoritised woman Moderator.

In her first blog, Tessa introduces her Chaplains, Karen Campbell, Secretary for Global & Intercultural Ministries, and the Revd Stephen Ansa-Addo, Minister of Park and Hungerford United Reformed churches:

I am pleased to introduce my Chaplains to you, two people whose sense of community will bring many strengths to speak to the needs of our multi-diverse denomination. Stepping into the role of Moderator, I recognised that having two Chaplains is necessary in these times in which colleagues are increasingly asked to divide their time in creative and sometimes miraculous ways. Continue reading

Lambeth Conference and small steps toward affirming LGBTQI+

Convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference is an opportunity  for Anglican Bishops from around the world to meet, pray and talk together.

The conference – held this year from 26 July to 8 August – is held every ten years to discuss church and world affairs and the global mission of the Anglican Communion for the decade ahead.

Themed ‘God’s Church for God’s World – walking, listening and witnessing together,’ the aim this year is to explore what it means for the Anglican Communion to be responsive to the needs of a 21st century world.

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