What a year we have had, and just as we hoped to swing gently into the lights of Christmas, the Winter Solstice and all those other wonderful celebrations of light that religions around the world embrace, we get winds and gales and floods and perhaps the bitterest of elections. I was fascinated about the comments when this was announced, which included things about ‘ruining Christmas’ which reminded me that for so many of us the story of the Nativity has become saccharine, one of simple... Read More
President's Christmas Message 2019
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At its Annual Meetings last month, the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches passed the following resolution:
This General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches:
1) Expresses its concern at the increasing incidence of devastating knife crime in Britain’s towns and cities.
2) Expresses its strong support for an adequately funded multi-agency campaign to tackle this significantly raised threat to public safety, along the lines of that which... Read More
Support GA Weekend (29-30 June 2019)
Please support the GA Weekend Appeal!
With your financial support, the General Assembly will: progress the agreed “Next Steps” priorities, develop ministry and local leadership education and training, raise our profile nationally, organise the Annual Meetings, promote religious education and develop the national youth programme, provide resources and advice for congregations, support The Inquirer, support the 2020 Derby Unity growth project, assist congregations in improving... Read More
Sri Lanka and Derry
On behalf of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches I ask that all of us find time to hold all those injured in the attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday in our hearts.
As the terrible news filtered through, it became clear that not only had there been eight bomb blasts but that the targets specifically chosen for attack had been worshippers and holiday-makers, and over 200 have died as a result.
As I write it is unclear who was responsible for the... Read More
EC Election Results
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF UNITARIAN AND FREE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES ELECTION TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EC) 2019
Result of ballot:
MARION BAKER (Upper Chapel Sheffield) 933 ELECTED
REV JIM CORRIGALL (Golders Green Unitarians) 808 ELECTED
HILDA DUMPLETON (South East Wales District Unitarians) 876 ELECTED
ROBERT INCE (Fulwood Old Chapel Sheffield) 737 ELECTED
SUSAN... Read More
Statement on behalf of the General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches
The events at the Al-Noor and Linwood Mosques this morning have shocked us all. Our hearts go out to the communities of the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques. We mourn those who were killed and hold them in our hearts.
We hold the lives of those who were injured, and all those grieving and traumatised by these events, in our prayers. When men, women, and children are attacked while... Read More
United Nations World Day of Social Justice
Wednesday 20th February is United Nations World Day of Social Justice.
To mark the occasion Chief Officer Derek McAuley has released the following statement:
"Unitarians place the highest value on the inherent worth of every person and on the interdependent web of existence. Our individual aspirations for fulfilment are therefore held in tension with those of the community; local, national or global. The pursuit of social justice means challenging those who seek to hijack... Read More
Keynote Speaker for Annual Meetings
“Workplace Happiness: Why Should We Care?”
Lord Mark Price
The keynote speaker at this year's Annual Meetings of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches will be Lord Mark Price, former Minister of State for Trade and Investment.
After reading Archaeology and Ancient History Mark started his career at the John Lewis partnership as a graduate trainee in 1982 progressing to become Branch manager in High Wycombe and Cheadle. In 2005 he joined the... Read More
New General Assembly Chief Officer
The Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Slade has been appointed as Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. She will join us on 18 March 2019 and then undertake a full induction programme to familiarise herself with the national movement and our key external partners.
Speaking after the announcement Elizabeth said:
"I'm delighted to be taking on the role of Chief Officer in March.
When I joined the... Read More
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