To assist the youth and young adults of the United Church of Christ envision themselves as leaders, the Rev. Waltrina Middleton is framing a discussion to take place during the 30th General Synod that shows how the denomination's history and polity can transform them into advocates for justice in unexpected places.
With the idea that children need to have the tools to learn so they can learn to read, UCC Justice and Witness Ministries is urging Synod attendees to come prepared for this service project.
From a meal with those less fortunate in a downtown-Cleveland park, to the bright lights of the theater stage, the youth and young adults at General Synod 2015 will be immersed in the city like never before when the event comes to Cleveland this summer.
Hard working, flexible and creative. Those are a few descriptions of a dozen new leaders who have been chosen to join the United Church of Christ Board of Directors.
The General Synod Nominating Committee has announced 13 diverse and talented individuals, each unanimously selected to join the board and help guide the direction of the national setting into the future.
Theological reflections were such a popular and welcomed part of the United Church of Christ's 2013 General Synod in Long Beach that this year's General Synod organizers decided to continue the spiritual element in Cleveland—and they've added one extra voice. The Rev. Matthew Laney, the Rev. Robert Molsberry and the Rev. Nancy Rosas will serve as theological reflectors for this summer's gathering from June 26 to 30.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Open and Affirming movement in the United Church of Christ, three outstanding leaders in church will speak at the Open and Affirming Coalition's National Gathering before General Synod 2015 in Cleveland.
The three speakers—Bishop Dwayne Royster, the Rev. Maritza Angulo de Gonzalez and the Rev. Edward Davis—will reflect on the growth of the ONA movement in the last three decades, and discuss the paths that lay ahead for LGBT equality in the church.
Youth and young adults are the future of the church—with current leaders of the United Church of Christ strongly standing behind that sentiment. This summer, the Connecticut Conference of the UCC is strengthening that sentiment, by bringing 18 young people to General Synod.
'A Place Like This' — the General Synod Gala — will call attention to the unexpected places where low literacy rates impact people's lives as it raises funds to directly support local literacy programs in congregations of the Ohio Conference of the UCC.
Finding peace in the Middle East and dismantling institutional racism are two of the topics that United Church of Christ delegates will tackle during the upcoming General Synod, as the church continues to address justice issues with a bold, public voice for justice.
A Saturday night dance party with a big band, two significant retirement celebrations, a third keynote speaker, and the election of the denomination's next general minister and president—these are a few major pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that will become the agenda for the United Church of Christ 2015 General Synod.