General Synod News

General Synod News

The 10 things at General Synod 31 you won't want to miss

The 31st General Synod is finally here, and the five-day gathering is sure to be filled with memorable on-stage moments, inspiring statements from keynote speakers and preachers, and opportunities to catch up with colleagues and friends.


Central Atlantic Conference brings city, faith leaders together to discuss systemic racism in Baltimore

Two years after Freddie Gray died while in the custody of Baltimore police officers, United Church of Christ General Synod participants gathered with local leaders and activists to learn about the circumstances that led to the young African American’s death and consider how the city could unite going forward by confronting systemic racism.


UCC leaders speak out for affordable health care for all during interfaith vigil at U.S. Capitol

Leaders, clergy and members of the United Church of Christ shared personal stories and drew parallels to Scripture Thursday during a 23-hour prayer vigil at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as Senate Republicans continued drafting a law to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


Greensboro N.C. church offers sanctuary to mother who could not leave her sons

A North Carolina mother, deciding she could not leave her three sons, has gone into sanctuary in a Greensboro UCC church instead of boarding a bus back to Mexico.


Synod resolution looks to welcome abuse and neglect survivors from shadows

A proposed resolution to the United Church of Christ General Synod will seek to put the plight of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect under a national spotlight, in hopes of creating more awareness, conversation and welcome in the church's congregations.


Medical aid in dying resolution coming before General Synod delegates

Calls on the church to support human dignity at all stages of life.


General Synod – There's an App for that!

At General Synod 2017 in Baltimore, United Church of Christ delegates and visitors will have all the information they need about the five-day event right at their fingertips, with the General Synod Event App on their mobile device.


General Synod hotels won't be affected by Baltimore pipe blast

The cause of a downtown Baltimore steam pipe explosion near the Inner Harbor remains under investigation. But those traveling to the city next week for the United Church of Christ’s 2017 General Synod don't need to worry that the blast will affect their hotel accommodations.


General Synod resolution on climate fueled by change in U.S. position on Paris Accord

An emergency call to build a just world for all is coming to delegates of General Synod next week, in the form of a climate resolution which is quickly gaining support from leaders across the United Church of Christ.


Four honorees to be recognized for justice commitment at General Synod 31

After a brief departure from General Synod recognitions and celebrations of the United Church of Christ's grassroots justice leaders, the denomination is planning to honor a few movers and shakers during the upcoming biennial gathering for their work on the ground in creating a just world for all.