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Dorhauer charts course for UCC future

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 2:38pm

It has been a General Synod for the record books in Cleveland 2015, with UCC delegates celebrating a history-making ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court-making marriage equality the law of the land, continuing the work for just peace in Israel/Palestine, and electing a new general minister and president to chart a course for the  future of the denomination.

Central Atlantic Conference extends invitation to Baltimore for General Synod 2017

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 5:58pm

There's plenty in store for the United Church of Christ in Baltimore. That's the site of the denomination's next General Synod in 2017.

Commentary: The Interdependence of Independence

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 1:00pm

Can you imagine what our country and our world would be like if we valued interdependence as much as we do independence? Would justice pour down like water, then, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream? Lois Powell believes they would.

One last Synod summons to find Christ in the Unexpected Place

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:31pm

The disciples spent the night in the boat, recalled the Rev. Sharon E. Watkins, retrieving their lives as fishermen after the crucifixion of Jesus and a resurrection experience they still didn't understand. But all they got was a boatload of frustration: no fish. The normal was not working.

Resilient Baltimore youth look forward to Synod 2017 with faith, hope, excitement

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:56am

Most of the Baltimore youth and young adults visiting General Synod in Cleveland, June 26-30, seemed content to be among themselves on the final day of the conference Tuesday, arriving in the Plenary Hall early for the afternoon session that would include the official announcement that their city will host General Synod 31 in 2017.

General Synod votes to retain current leadership structure

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:08am

For the time being, the leadership of the United Church of Christ will remain in its current structure.

UCC resolutions address both the heavens and the earth

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:03am

Two actions taken Tuesday, June 30, by the United Church of Christ General Synod endorsed the need for an outer space environment free of man-made debris while defeating a call encouraging mandatory identification of genetically-engineered foods.

Synod Delegates Urge Transition to Renewable Energy by 2040

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:54am

Completing their last business item on Tuesday, June 30, General Synod delegates chose the more ambitious timeline for an audacious task: converting the economy from reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, energy conservation, and energy efficiency. 

'Theological reflections' help keep Synod delegates focused

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:40am

The Rev. Ivy Beckwith, Faith Formation Ministries team leader in Local Church Ministries, was responsible for recruiting individuals for "the most intimidating job" at General Synod.

UCC votes for divestment, boycott of companies that profit from occupation of Palestinian territories

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:32pm

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ became the latest church to call for divestment and boycott of companies that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. 

UCC to Cleveland Baseball Team: “Change the Logo! Change the Name!”

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:52pm

Just over one hundred General Synod delegates and visitors marched the mile from the Convention Center to the Progressive Field headquarters of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, demanding that the owners cease using a race of people as a mascot.

General Synod celebrates land return to Dakota Association

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:27pm

In a moment to highlight faithfulness, trust and an emerging partnership, General Synod 2015 paused from deliberating business to celebrate the land transfer of more than 20 parcels of tribal land from the South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ to the Dakota Association. 

Antoinette Brown Society receives more than $20,000 in pledges during General Synod

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:06pm

The Antoinette Brown Society, launched during General Synod on Monday, June 29, has secured more than $20,000 in gifts and pledges from inaugural members. 

Wisconsin teen all about Synod plenary sessions

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:06pm

She could have been running sand between her toes at Edgewater Park, meandering through the Cleveland Zoo or playing a leisurely game of cards with her peeps in the Youth Hall set up at the Cleveland Convention Center for Youth and Young Adults at General Synod 2015.

Dismantling racism in our criminal justice system subject of two Synod resolutions

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:06pm

In the wake of the resurgence of violence against people of color across the country, delegates of General Synod 2015 overwhelmingly adopted two resolutions on dismantling racism Monday, June 29.

Let us make a difference as protectors of the earth

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:05pm

Environmental and Native American activist Winona LaDuke delivered a simple message to General Synod 2105 delegates on Tuesday morning: Let us a make a difference.

Birthing the next generation of church

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:17pm

We can't do things the same way any more: This truth became abundantly clear to leaders of two UCC churches as they faced dwindling worship attendance and shrinking energy.

General Synod affirms emergency resolution to lament Charleston shooting

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:49am

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ gave its nearly-unanimous approval of an emergency resolution on Monday, June 29, to stand in support of the nine men and women slain in an African American church, and the Charleston, S.C., community that is anguishing over the senseless act. 

Finding God in unexpected places in Israel/Palestine

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:49am

The Rev. Mitri Raheb considered his invitation to speak at General Synod 2015 as a sign that the United Church of Christ cares for the little town of Bethlehem.

Tribute to Geoffrey Black--Jazz lover, steadfast leader

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:49am

For a man who loves his church and loves his jazz, the Rev. Geoffrey Black received a double helping of both.

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