The United Reformed Church
Although one of the smaller mainstream denominations, the United Reformed Church plays a dynamic and challenging part in the British Christian community. It has brought together English Presbyterians, English, Welsh and Scottish Congregationalists, and members of the Churches of Christ, through unions in 1972, 1981 and 2000. One hundred thousand people make up 1,600 congregations, with nearly 800 ministers, paid and unpaid. Here is a paper about the History of the URC.
The United Reformed Church combines its commitment to the Reformed tradition with a passionate belief that all God’s people should be one. It seeks to work with Christians of all traditions, and rejoices in being part of more than 400 Local Ecumenical Partnerships. It is also committed to theological and cultural diversity. It has declared itself a multi-cultural church, rejoicing in the gifts of members from across the world and seeks to hold together a wide variety of theological understandings; the valuing of different insights helps the church understand the wonder of God.
These are the 2009 Aspirations, as agreed by the URC's National Synod of Scotland, which remain relevant:
Through our Aspirations, we seek to:
- celebrate in our worship and in our living God’s UNCONDITIONAL LOVE as revealed in Christ;
- respond to God’s love through INCLUSIVE worship;
- show that the love of God is RADICAL;
- continue our JOURNEY towards church unity;
- understand, and work with, people of OTHER FAITHS AND NONE;
- work for PEACE AND JUSTICE;
- act on our concern for all God’s CREATION;
- be committed to DEVELOPING our faith both personally and corporately.
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