A patchwork quilt of the human condition took shape on the back wall of the Baltimore Convention Center Sunday afternoon as seven speakers joined the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the UCC, to celebrate community worship at General Synod 2017.
The Revs. Elmer and Gisela Lavistida of Santiago, Cuba have been in the United States for 10 days, talking to the people of the United Church of Christ about fostering a stronger relationship between our two countries.
Attired in pink shirts adorned with the swirling wave and the theme words, "Make Glad!", the Central Atlantic Conference's 370 volunteers have greeted arriving General Synod 2017's visitors, directed them around the sprawling Baltimore Convention Center, supported working committees, and even struggled to offer an alternative to the Synod tradition of endless cookies.
Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones connected racism and the disparities in access to health care before a full house at the Valerie Russell lecture Saturday afternoon.
"People don't want shiny any more," bestselling author Glennon Doyle told General Synod 2017 in Baltimore Saturday morning. "They don't need perfect; they don't even need good. They just want real."
A new wind — a gale, a typhoon, a wail — roared into the Baltimore Convention Center Saturday night in the form of the Rev. William J. Barber, who called for a latter-day Pentecost to shape the demand for a moral imperative in America today.
The United Church of Christ presented the inaugural Movement Makers Award to the youth of the Standing Rock Water Protectors on Saturday, July 1, to a standing ovation from the entire house.
Rev. Carolyn Roberts, wife of the late Rev. John Deckenback, looked over the large hall at the Baltimore Convention Center and announced the words she believed her late husband would have said to the delegates and visitors to the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ.
Calling the United Church of Christ "one of the best kept secrets out there" and praising the work of local churches living into the call to build a just world for all, the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president, outlined the denomination's shared purpose, mission and vision statements for General Synod delegates on Saturday morning, and previewed a common missional initiative called the "Three Great Loves."
The call to act justly is a call for all.