Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – May 2022

Dear Friends, Bear with me if you are not a football fan, but it’s been an interesting few months for football. The issue over the ownership of Chelsea has brought into focus once again the rather murky network of premier league club owners and the eyewatering amounts of money poured into the national game. People […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – March 2022

Dear Friends, On the morning of Thursday, 24th February I awoke to news that made me feel physically sick. The Russian President had authorised a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The horrific scale of the force – around 150,000 troops – and the severity of the initial assault were shocking. As disorientated Ukrainians mobilised to defend […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – July 2021 – ‘United Reformed Church’s Vision2020 initiative – 10+ years on’

Dear Friends, In my report to the Annual Church Meeting, I referred to the United Reformed Church’s Vision2020 initiative launched over 10 years ago.  I reminded myself – and, perhaps, you – that the programme included a list of priorities for mission with the challenge that, in each area, the denomination, including each local congregation, […]

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Russell’s Monthly Newsletter – June 2021 – ‘Trinity’

Dear Friends, Rawan Anani is a Palestinian artist whose colourful paintings evoke her love for her homeland and its culture. Recently, ‘Roots’ magazine drew my attention to her recently painted ’Gaza in my heart’ which shows three women standing in the waters off Gaza closely drawn together and set against a backcloth of a traditional […]

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Russell’s Newsletter – Christian Aid May 2021

Dear Friends, For more than a generation, Christian Aid Week has been a primary focus during May.  In one of the largest mobilisations of a volunteer work force anywhere, people from so many different backgrounds delivered envelopes to as many households in the country as possible and then returned to collect donations to bring hope […]

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