1. London Attack The following short statement has been issued by Rev Charles VanDenBroeder, President of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches and appears on the General Assembly website.
“Our hearts go out to those who suffered in the most recent atrocity in London but we refuse to give into hate as that would give the attackers a victory.”
2. Executive Committee Key Messages, 19-20 May 2017
Would you like to know more about training as a Unitarian and Free Christian Minister and about working with our congregations? This summer the Ministry Strategy Group will be holding an Inquiry Day for people who are at an early stage of considering this possibility as well as for those who are almost ready to make an application for training. There will be a chance to meet our tutors and recent graduates.
It is with great sadness we report the death of Isabella (Issy) Clarke, Caretaker of our Essex Hall headquarters for nearly twenty years. Isabella passed away peacefully on Saturday 18 March, surrounded by her family after a battle with Cancer. Many who have attended meetings here at Essex Hall over the years will remember her fondly.
1. Executive Committee Key Messages – 13 and 14 January 2017
General Assembly President 2017/18
The Executive Committee are pleased to announce that Rev Charles VanDenBroeder will be nominated for the position of President of the General Assembly 2017/18 at the Annual Meetings in April 2017. Charles was proposed by the Manchester District Association (MDA).
1. Executive Committee Election – Period for nominations to be received closes on 23 January 2017
Nominations are being sought for the Executive Committee of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches with an election planned from 13 February to 15 March 2017. There are six vacancies. All nominations must be received by Noon on 23 January 2017.
Candidates must be Full, Honorary or Associate Members of the General Assembly or a member of a constituent congregation for whom a quota has been paid by their congregation.
1. Christmas Message from the General Assembly President, Dorothy Hewerdine
Christmas lights are everywhere bringing light and warmth to our short, often grey days. The shops are full of tempting festive food and gift suggestions for all. We have survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday - just when did these additional days, encouraging us to spend yet more money, slip into our calendar? Or maybe, like me this year, those passed by without acknowledgment!
1. Next Steps - Training and Education Development Project
Rachel Skelton presented a report on the project which officially commenced on 1 October 2016. Lots of preparatory work has taken place to clarify governance, support and communication structures for this important work. She had been in touch with many of those involved in training and education within the Denomination and will be in contact with others who need to be involved.