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Christchurch Attacks


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

Executive Committee Elections 2019 - Nominations Open


Nominations are sought for the Executive Committee of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. There are five vacancies in 2019.

Full information and relevant documents can be found... Read More

Faith leaders call for culture of sanctuary


Yesterday, on Epiphany, the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches joined other faith groups in calling on the government to take urgent action on refugees and to transform the "hostile environment" into a culture of sanctuary.

Their letter was published in the Sunday Telegraph and can be read in full below:

“As representatives of faith communities, we are dismayed by the current debate around immigration. The long-awaited Immigration white paper is misguided... Read More

Red Cross Memorial Peace Appeal


Please support our Red Cross Memorial Peace Appeal.

To solemnly remember all the dead of the First World War and all subsequent conflicts not just by commemorative words but by humanitarian action.

To save millions of lives today in the two most murderous wars being waged in our own time: Syria and Yemen.  

This appeal is supported by General Assembly President Joan Cook, Chief Officer Derek McAuley and 48 other leading British Unitarians.

Read the full appeal... Read More

Chief Officer Recruitment


Chief Officer Recruitment

The GA is looking to recruit a new Chief Officer.

For further details, please see our recruitment page.

Apply for Ministry Training


Applications for Ministry Training are now open.

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Church leaders ask Home Secretary for end to hostile environment:


Church leaders ask Home Secretary for end to hostile environment:

Joan Cook, President of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, is one of twenty Church leaders who have called for an end to the hostile environment in an open letter to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP.

The hostile environment is the web of government policies designed to make life so difficult for people who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK that they will choose to... Read More