Written by Daniel Hazard
'UCC at 50' kicks off Nov. 5 - online
The "UCC at 50" will begin its year-long golden anniversary celebration on Nov. 5, All Saints Sunday, with a "real time" web streaming event. The interactive gathering will begin at 6 p.m. (ET).
"The notion is that the whole church - from Maine to Hawaii - will be participating in the same event at the same time, no matter where they live." says the Rev. Robert Chase, the UCC's communication director. It's also a sign of how the church is embracing emerging technology, he says.
Described as a time for "worship, work and play," the web streaming will include interactive applications, including the ability for churches to e-mail digital photos that will be posted immediately for all to see, Chase says.
"They'll be able to see themselves, as well as others across the nation, as the event unfolds," he says. "It will be a fun, exciting opportunity for us to get a sense of our national ministry, even as we gather in our local settings."
The Rev. Cliff Aerie, the UCC's special events producer, says it's a contemporary way for the church to gather nationally to celebrate the launch of the UCC's 50th year - and to do so inexpensively. From any computer, a UCC member will be available to tune in. Some groups, such as youth fellowships, may choose to participate as groups.
Other 50th anniversary highlights include a commemorative publication and historical DVD, local and regional events, a national TV worship broadcast on Easter Sunday 2007, General Synod in Hartford, Conn., and a closing 2007 All Saints celebration.
Big names on board for Synod
Legendary PBS commentator Bill Moyers, civil rights champion Marian Wright Edelman, and performance artist Ken Medema are among those already scheduled to appear at the "UCC at 50" General Synod in 2007. General Synod will take place June 22-26 at the Hartford (Conn.) Convention Center. Every church is being encouraged to send at least four representatives to the 50th Anniversary celebration. Online registration for the "ya'll come" event is set to begin on Dec. 1.
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