Written by Staff Reports
A complete rundown of all Synod actions
Ç Pronouncement: Our common calling
Asks congregations to take greater responsibility for the education and preparation of future ordained ministers, including the cost of seminary education.
Ç Pronouncement: Economic globalization
Calls for a more just, humane policy direction in times of economic globalization.
Ç Bylaw Change: Conference Ministers on Executive Council
Clarifies the maximum length of service for Conference Ministers who are seated on the Executive Council. Two consecutive two-year terms are now allowed.
Ç Resolution: Peace and reconciliation for Korean peninsula
Asks churches to become educated about reunification of Korea and pursue policies that lead to peace.
Ç Resolution: Alliance of Baptists
Endorses closer relations with the Alliance of Baptists.
Ç Resolution: Full communion with UEK in Germany
Affirms full communion with Germany's Union of Evangelical Churches.
Ç Resolution: Full communion with Church of South India
Asks that steps be taken to initiate full communion with the Church of South India in time for approval at General Synod 25 in Atlanta.
Ç Resolution: Affirming commissioned ministry
Emphasizes the importance of commissioned ministries (e.g., Christian education, youth work, music ministry, outdoor ministries, administration, parish nursing, visitation and spiritual direction).
Ç Resolution: Alternate voice to Christian Zionism
Affirms alternatives to Christian Zionism, the belief that Israeli political control of Palestine is necessary to hasten the return of Christ.
Ç Resolution: U.S. policy in the Middle East
Calls for U.S. public policy in the Middle East to be based on principles of justice and human rights, not economic interests.
Ç Resolution: American Indian boarding schools
Calls upon the UCC to confess and take responsibility for its role in the formation of these schools and to seek reconciliation from American Indian nations.
Ç Resolution: Boy Scouts of America
Calls upon the Boy Scouts of America to end its policy of discrimination against persons who are gay or bisexual, while affirming those congregations that choose to sever ties with the Boy Scouts, as well as those that choose to remain affiliated for the purpose of continued dialogue.
Ç Resolution: Worship in the UCC
Calls for study and development of new resources to undergird the UCC's worship life.
Ç Resolution: An anti-racist church
Calls upon all settings of the church to become explicitly anti-racist and to offer anti-racism training for church employees and volunteers.
Ç Resolution: Racism and militarism in U.S. drug policy
Addresses the injustices related to the U.S. war on drugs.
Ç Resolution: Renewing the battle against racism
A resolution calling upon all UCC members to be engaged in anti-racism work.
Ç Resolution: Donating blood, tissue, bone marrow and bodily organs
Affirms the donation of blood, tissue, bone marrow and bodily organs as a faithful expression of Christian stewardship.
Ç Resolution: In memory of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone
Honors the moral vision and justice commitments of the late Minnesota senator.
Ç Resolution: Violence against transgender people
Names and denounces violence against transgender persons.
Ç Resolution: Affirming ministry and participation of transgender people
Calls for the welcome and affirmation of transgender persons into the full life of the UCC.
Ç Resolution: Global non-violent peace force
Calls for the creation of a global non-violent peace force.
Ç Resolution: Colombian churches and leaders under attack
Deplores the ongoing violence against churches, labor unions and peace advocates in Colombia.
Ç Resolution: Support Oikocredit USA
Affirms Oikocredit USA as a responsible venue for funds investment.
Ç Resolution: Theological response to corporate greed
Calls for greater accountability of corporations and corporate executives.
Ç Resolution: The UCC and farmworkers
Commemorates the 30th anniversary of the UCC's "faithful accompanimentÓ with farmworkers.
Ç Resolution: Young adult ministries in the UCC
Calls for strengthened ministries for those ages 18 to 30.
Referred to Executive Council
(for additional study and evaluation)
Ç Proposed Bylaw Change: Nominations from the floor
Would allow nominations for UCC officers to come from the floor of General Synod.
Ç Proposed Resolution: Transforming the Church House
Addresses personnel issues at the Cleveland-based national offices, including greater sensitivities to justice, affirmative action and equal opportunity employment.
Ç Proposed Resolution: Dietary choices and animal agriculture
Asks churches to consider the relationship between dietary choices, personal health, animal rights and economic justice.
Ç Proposed Bylaw Change: Frequency of General Synod
Would have increased the time between General Synods from two to four years.
Ç Proposed Resolution: Integrity in diversity
Called for greater recognition of those who disagree with resolutions and statements made by General Synod, Covenanted Ministries and Conferences.
Ç Proposed Resolution: Seeking the mind of Christ
Asked the UCC to disassociate itself with secular social action organizations, and to "seek the mind of ChristÓ on issues of public policy.
Ç Proposed Resolution: Protecting the vulnerable
Called for the UCC to define and defend human life, from conception to natural death.
Texts are not official until approved by the Executive Council in the fall.