UCC votes for divestment, boycott of companies that profit from occupation of Palestinian territories
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ became the latest church to call for divestment and boycott of companies that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Just over one hundred General Synod delegates and visitors marched the mile from the Convention Center to the Progressive Field headquarters of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, demanding that the owners cease using a race of people as a mascot.
A generation ago, "crowdfunding" in the church required an actual crowd, an assembly of people, passing a basket or gold plate among them.
But the election of the Rev. John C. Dorhauer as the United Church of Christ’s ninth general minister and president was not without voices of dissent.
Amid tears of joy, with family and friends close by, the Rev. Rod Mundy and his spouse, Darryl Haase, were married Monday, June 29, in the atrium of Cleveland's Global Center for Health Innovation during the United Church of Christ's 2015 General Synod.
In an effort to energize UCC congregations to support mentally ill people in their midst, the 2015 General Synod overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Monday, June 29 to develop a network of churches that are welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged (WISE) for mental health.
Delegates to the 2015 General Synod in Cleveland on Monday morning unanimously approved an amendment to recognize a full communion between the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada. The union fulfills the promise the churches made to one another in 2013.
“It is within our power — in this unexpected place at this unexpected time — to change the damn world,” the Rev. Dwayne D. Royster charged the capacity crowd at the General Synod Sunday community worship service at the Cleveland Convention Center.
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer grabbed the issue that has clouded his nomination as the next general minister and president of the United Church of Christ — that he is yet another straight white male — and wrestled it to the floor in his nomination speech Friday afternoon at the first business session of General Synod 2015 at the Cleveland Convention Center.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ plans to celebrate marriage equality like never before-because now it can.