We’re pleased and excited to announce the launch today of a new URC resource booklet ‘New reality, same mission: A stimulus to renewed community engagement as we emerge from the pandemic’:
The resource is complementary to the Ready for the new ‘normal’ booklet produced last month by the URC Synod Moderators, and uses questions in that paper as its starting-point. It was put together by a small team from the Mission and Discipleship departments, along with three URC Church Related Community Workers and Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty.
The booklet offers a process for exploring questions of community presence and engagement and social justice in the “new normal” and developing new priorities for mission and ministry. Reflection is also invited about the kind of society and economy that we want to rebuild after the pandemic. It features examples of how churches around the UK are already an active presence in their communities in many different ways, and points to resources and organisations that can provide advice and support.
The booklet can be downloaded via this link: https://urc.org.uk/images/Communications/docs/New-reality-same-Mission.pdf.
Please have a read and if appropriate, please circulate it around your colleagues and networks; it’s a natural part of our URC-DNA to be as ecumenical as possible. I’ll also be interested in your response about the booklet.
The resource will be accompanied by some conversation-starter videos and, in a few weeks, a webinar to enable to discussion to continue. Further details will be available at: https://urc.org.uk/same-mission
We hope it proves a useful resource for individuals, churches and church leaders, and an encouragement as we seek to discern how to use our time, resources and energies to offer prophetic hope in uncertain and challenging times.
Steve Summers | Church Related Community Work (CRCW) Development Worker
(On behalf of Simeon Mitchell, Simon Peters, Niall Cooper, Marie Trubic, Simon Loveitt, Katy Ollerenshaw, and Sam Richards)