United Reformed Church inducts two new moderators

By agency reporter
July 13, 2018

The United Reformed Church has inducted the Rev Nigel Uden and Mr Derek Estill  as moderators of the General Assembly 2018-20; succeeding the Rev Kevin Watson and Mr Alan Yates.

In the United Reformed Church, the moderators of General Assembly – one minister and one elder – serve for two years and are the most senior leaders in the denomination, representing the United Reformed Church at home and abroad. 

The Rev Nigel Uden, Minister for Fulbourn URC and Downing Place URC, in Cambridge, and Mr Estill, church secretary and ordained elder for Westbury Gardens URC, Blackburn, will continue to fulfil these roles alongside their General Assembly moderatorial duties.

Mr Estill said he was looking forward to meeting people, hearing about and encouraging Christian faith in action and referred to one of Oscar Romero's meditations that says: "Don’t measure worth by counting how many are in the crowd, count the sincerity of the heart with which they follow the truth and the grace of our divine saviour."

Mr Estill added that he is excited at the prospect of seeing and celebrating things both new and well established across the URC. 

Mr Uden emphasised his desire to listen to those he meets, and to make sure that he and the URC are a voice worth listening to.

"Listening is such an essential communication,’ he said. ‘Purposeful listening bears wonderful fruit, and if we get it right, listening becomes the most potent agent of change. Our challenge is to be a voice worth listening to, not to maintain the status quo, but to grasp the opportunities and challenges of the future."

* The United Reformed Church was formed in 1972 and today comprises approximately 80,000 adults and 45,000 children in 1,500 congregations. Its formation brought together English Presbyterians, English, Welsh and Scottish Congregationalists and members of the Churches of Christ. Worldwide, more than 80 million Christians are members of the Reformed family of churches, the largest Protestant tradition.  https://www.urc.org.uk/

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