Bit of a haphazard blog this week, lots of different things to report on and let you know about!
26th-29th August 2016 at Boughton House, Kettering! Be there!
Greenbelt is a fantastic festival where arts, faith and justice collide. In my opinion, there isn’t a better year to go! First of all, the URC is partnering with Greenbelt this year, which means we’ll have tent space and an opportunity to give to Greenbelt and get back from them too. There’s some really exciting stuff going on including “Cake & Debate”, a Flash Mob Liturgy and more! 5 URC Youth-ies (myself included) will be in official volunteer capacity at URC @ Greenbelt, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get involved! Make sure you message us if you want to join in! The second great reason to go, it’s cheap! If you’re 18-25 then you can go and camp all weekend for just £80! Under-18? Fear not! You can go for eeeeven cheaper (£50). If you’re coming for the first time, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I can put you in touch with people who can show you the ropes, and stop you from getting lost!
But seriously, this is a fantastic festival that has my personal seal of approval, get booking!
Free to Believe
Last weekend Natalie Gibbs (URC Youth Executive) and I went to a Free to Believe conference in High Leigh, Hertfordshire. Free to Believe is an organisation originally set up by the URC but is now on a more ecumenical ‘level’. It gives people the opportunity (as you may have gathered) to explore new ways of looking at faith, God and the Church. There were some fantastic speakers there including Lawrence Moore (Director of the Windermere Centre) and Andrew Bradstock (former Secretary for Church & Society at the URC). Each one providing their unique personal view on the Church of today and how we could find it (or shape it ourselves!) in the future, drawing on past experiences to give a flavour of how far we’ve come. If not anything else, it was a fantastic opportunity to network and plug URC Youth further and wider! But on top of that it was great to hear such a wide range of views which is a perfect representation of our denomination (and URC Youth), diversity in unity!
The deadline for applications for the Joint Public Issues Team Internship is on Monday! The Joint Public Issues Team works on behalf of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland on issues of justice and peace. This internship offers opportunities to develop skills in research, campaigning, communication and working as part of a dynamic team. If you want more information, email Grace Pengelly: email@example.com and she’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Like I said, a bit of a ‘bitty’ blog, but they have to be done every now and then!