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Welcome to the web page for the URC Research Network – an organisation for members of the URC who are engaged in research. The Network’s co-ordinator is Dr. Meg Warner; tutor in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at Northern College. Membership of the Network is free and open to any member of the URC who is active, or interested, in research.

The Network will meet next in person for its Bi-Annual Conference on 10-11 June 2024. The conference will run from lunchtime on Monday 10 June until early afternoon on Tuesday 11 June, and will be held at Luther King House, Brighton Grove, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5JP. More details, including a call for papers, will be posted soon.

The Network also meets virtually – usually on a monthly basis – for seminars in which papers are read and discussed. These meetings happen on Thursday at 5pm. Joining details are provided shortly prior to each seminar.


Thursday 9 November
Graham Adams – ‘God the Child

Thursday 7 December
Lee Battle – ‘Esther: Queen of Porn Star?

A new feature of this page is a repository of sabbatical reports collected from URC ministers. Links can be found at the bottom of this page. Scroll down to search the available reports, listed by year (commencing in 2022).

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Network, or believe that a friend or colleague would appreciate the opportunity to join, please contact Meg Warner at

In conjunction with the 2022 Sabbatical Report from Revd Dr Michael Hopkins, please find below a recording of a seminar delivered by Michael in late 2022.

The title of Michael’s paper is Use of the Bible in Worship