Guided in large part by the voices of youth, General Synod 2017 enthusiastically passed a resolution of witness Monday urging the recognition of gun violence as a public health emergency deserving of federal funding for scientific research.
After two lengthy years of conversation, deliberation and collaboration, delegates to General Synod 2017 approved a set of changes to the United Church of Christ's Constitution and Bylaws that will reshape the leadership of the church.
A resolution and a rallying call, calling on all members of the United Church of Christ, clergy and congregants, to combat the climate crisis from the pulpit and in the public square.
The Rev. Jim Moos, co-executive of Global Ministries for the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Jose Ortega Dopico, president of the Cuban Council of Churches, Monday encouraged General Synod 2017 attendees to join in the Global Ministries Caribbean Initiative, an 18-month program that supports partners in seven Caribbean countries.
In a special service project at their General Synod this weekend in Baltimore, members of the United Church of Christ are making a few extra Best Friends.
Calling attention to the problem of climate change is a critical mission for an international guest at General Synod.
In its first action as an Immigrant Welcoming Church, the United Church of Christ marched with the family and friends of an Annapolis, Md., artist and grandfather, seized outside his home on his way to work and detained the past three months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
The United Church of Christ General Synod has just overwhelmingly approved the resolution on climate calling on clergy and congregations across the denomination to take action to protect the environment, and churches are lining up to stand behind it publicly.
A 30-year-old report by the UCC Commission for Racial Justice, "Toxic Wastes and Race in the United States," "lit the fuse for environmental change" when it focused national attention on the link between communities of color and the location of hazardous waste sites, according to Aaron Mair, the first black president of the Sierra Club.
As she listened to an update Sunday on a resolution passed four years ago urging all settings of the church to divest from fossil fuel companies, Laura Keating texted her pastor, asking if their church had divested.