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A prayer for President Obama

A prayer by Bishop Gene Robinson for Barack Obama
on his inauguration as President of the United States

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will...
Bless us with tears - tears for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women in many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Free Churches call for justice and compassion for asylum seekers

Speaking on behalf of The Baptist Church, The Methodist Church and The URC, the Rev Dr Rosemary Kidd says: "Genuine asylum seekers are frequently escaping from persecution and torture. They often arrive in the UK, speaking no English and with no identifying documents. They are vulnerable, deeply traumatised people, seeking sanctuary and human kindness.

News from Edinburgh - General Assembly 2008

Assembly opens with a call to pilgrimage

The Revd John Marsh, inducted as Moderator, called members to pilgrimage. He identified three pilgrimage aims: to be catholic, orthodox and reformed. The Church
'needed to be future-focussed as well as historically rooted, he said.

Churches' concern at Zimbabwe violence

The Methodist and United Reformed Churches have together voiced their concern about increasing levels of violence and political intimidation, linked to the delay in announcing the result of Zimbabwe 's presidential election.

Churches urge a vote against extremism

1 May 2008 - Election Day
Local council elections will take place on Thursday 1 May throughout Wales and in some parts of England. There will also be elections in London for the Greater London Assembly and Mayor.

United Reformed Church Emergency Resolution on the Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip

Events in recent days heighten concern regarding the situation in Israel/Palestine. A report from Christian Aid and a consortium of agencies*, published on Thursday March 6th, said: "the situation for 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is worse now than it has ever been, since the start of the Israeli Occupation in 1967". Since Thursday, the attack on a religious school in Jerusalem increases the likelihood of spiralling retaliatory violence.

Reflecting on the deepening humanitarian crisis, Mission Council:

United Reformed Church statement on the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq

Reflecting on the forthcoming 5th anniversary of the Iraq war on 19th March 2008, Mission Council of the United Reformed Church:
1. Expresses deep sorrow and regret at the devastating consequences of this war and occupation - for the people of Iraq and the families of the coalition forces, reflected in these tragic statistics:
• An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed directly and indirectly. As a result of the destruction of infrastructure, tens of thousands experience on-going malnutrition and disease.

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