General Synod 27 will convene Friday, June 26, 2009, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and will adjourn at the close of business on Tuesday evening, June 30.
With the Grand River flowing beside the DeVos Convention Center, the theme for this year's Synod will be "Immerse Yourself!" We will be reminded of the waters of baptism that signify the grace of God and that welcomed each of us into the community of Christ's people.
We will consider the important significance of water for life on this planet, and our responsibility to care for and share the water that covers our earth in a time of accelerating climate change and environmental crisis. We will reflect on how our church will immerse itself in the mission of God for justice and peace.
Once again, we will join in learning, sharing, worship and education, as well as the business of General Synod. Already, speaking invitations have gone out to prominent leaders in mission, theology, Biblical studies, public life, science and technology, and arts and culture. Stay tuned to ucc.org for announcements about our featured presenters.
This year, we will combine the traditional General Synod experience with elements of a mission trip — with extended service opportunities for youth in the community of Grand Rapids.
Guest registration opens in December at ucc.org/synod. Make plans to join us for General Synod 27, and be prepared to "immerse yourself" in the worship and celebration.
The Rev. John H. Thomas
General Minister and President