“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,
and announce that the time has come when the Lord will save his people.”.
St Luke ch 4 vv 18-19 (GNB)
The words which Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth sum up the agenda of the Faith In Action Committee. All who worship in the churches of the Eastern Synod are members of the Forum as all who seek to follow Jesus are called “to love your neighbour as you love yourself.” This is not an optional extra.
The next Faith In Action meeting Saturday 6th January 2018
at 10.00 am till 1.00 pm at 147 Thornton Road, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 0NE. (at the Cressey's)
All are welcome - please let us know if you are coming:
EMERGENCY RESOLUTION ON THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Additional resolution as part of the Mission Committee Report - Proposer: Duncan Goldie - Faith in Action Advocate Paper D - Eastern Synod Meeting: 10th October 2015
The resolution to lobby the UK Government, appearing as Resolution D1 below, has been produced by the East Midlands Synod. The Revd Duncan Goldie, Synod Faith in Action Advocate with the Faith in Action Forum, has proposed that Eastern Synod considers adoption of this resolution.
Download: Letter sent to - The Right Hon David Cameron Prime Minister
Eastern Synod - Faith in Action Survey (Church in Society)
Faith in Action Forum - Mission through seeking Peace and Justice for all and caring for creation)
We asked our Churches to complete a survey, in October last year, which was discussed at our October Synod Meeting 2014. The purpose of this survey is to build a picture of how Churches in the Eastern Synod are currently involved in Church in Society issues. So that we can work out how this can be best supported through mutual sharing of information, and the Form Faith in Action Forum [Church in Society] needs to take to meet the current needs of the churches in the synod. It was hoped that this survey would be discussed at Church and Elders meetings before it was filled in and returned to the Synod Office. See links below for the Summary and Results.
Eastern Synod Faith in Action forum - Presentation to Eastern Synod 11th October 2014 - Executive Summary
The Faith in Action Forum exists to support local Eastern Synod United Reformed Churches in mission through seeking peace and justice for all, and caring for creation. Our aim is to help local churches implement Vision 2020 Statement 9 (Justice and Peace) and Statement 10 (The Integrity of Creation). To enable us to identify how we can help and support local churches we have carried out a survey and this document summarises the results.
41 churches in Eastern Synod responded to the Faith in Action Forum survey, about a third of the total number; of these, 80% consider social justice very or fairly important. It was noted that about 25% of the churches have actually spoken to their MP; half of them on 5 or more occasions. It is clear that there is a real passion for social justice within the United Reformed Church.