General Synod to feature 'com,unity center'

General Synod to feature 'com,unity center'


Artist's rendering of the entrance to General Synod 24's "com,unity center"
 
General Synod is about to change. Delegates and visitors to General Synod 24 in Minneapolis next July 11-15 will find the exhibit hall transformed into a "com,unity center."

"Com,unity" is based on the theme, "God is still speaking," and the phrase Gracie Allen is said to have left in papers her husband, George Burns, found after her death, "Never place a period where God has placed a comma." The center will allow exhibitors to tell their stories in a creative, user-friendly environment.

Instead of booths grouped by organizations, nine com,unity centers will unite exhibitors by ministry themes. Visitors, delegates and staff seeking material on worship and the arts, for example, will find these all in one center. No longer will they have to wander around the entire exhibit area, searching for organizations that might have relevant resources.

The com,unity center will be designed by the UCC's Proclamation, Identity and Communication Ministry in collaboration with Event Lab, a Minneapolis-based events planner. Its colorful entrance will set a celebrative and creative tone for the General Synod experience. Guide books, maps and digital display screens will help visitors navigate through the hall, offer information about exhibitors, and provide details about the new restructured format of the national setting.

The com,unity center entrance also will be the primary pathway into the plenary hall, making it easier for persons to find resources as they walk through this area. Banners and distinctive icons will provide visual identification from anywhere in the room. The nine com,unity centers will be clustered around a central gathering area complete with benches and tables, and occasional entertainment. A café area will offer Synod hospitality.

The nine ministry themes in the com,unity center

Worship and the Arts
Intergenerational Learning
Leadership Development
Stewardship and Evangelism
Mission Relationships
Justice and Transformation
Health and Wholeness
Communication and Identity
Books and More

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