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.
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.
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.
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.
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.