General Synod News

General Synod News

UCC General Synod to honor John Deckenback

The United Church of Christ will honor the late Rev. John Deckenback, long time spiritual leader of the Central Atlantic Conference, when the wider church assembles in Baltimore for General Synod.


In a warm up to General Synod, Wisconsin Conference becomes 'Immigrant Welcoming' with an overwhelming vote

Wisconsin Conference UCC congregations, which believe that publicly proclaiming love for their neighbors aligns with their mission, vision and values, overwhelmingly pass a resolution becoming an Immigrant Welcoming Conference.


Antoinette Brown Awards to honor two visionary leaders during General Synod 2017

Two outstanding ministers who have provided the United Church of Christ with their vision, hope and leadership during their lives and ministries will be honored as recipients of the Antoinette Brown Trailblazer Awards during General Synod 2017.


General Synod resolution calls the church to more disability justice

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ and the denomination have been advocates for the inclusion and well-being of people with disabilities for the better part of three decades. But the experience of those with disabilities has changed in that time, so the governing body will examine a resolution that reaffirms the UCC's previous commitment, while stretching the church to do more and include persons with disabilities in its social justice witness.


Guests from Cuba to provide personal perspective on proposed resolution at General Synod

The UCC Cuban connection runs deep, prompting the ‘Bring Down the Wall in the Caribbean’ GS resolution.


Two General Synod resolutions take aim at economic inequality

The U.S. economy has essentially recovered from the recession of a decade ago, but not everyone in the country has enjoyed similar levels of prosperity. Two resolutions to the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ will address that issue by calling for steps aimed at creating a just economy with living wages.


'Be the Church' planning and assessment guide built to support mission, vitality

Building your congregation's mission around ways to "Be the Church" just got easier in the United Church of Christ with a new planning and assessment guide.


As Wendy's defies joining Fair Food Program, General Synod to consider boycott for farmworker justice

Wendy's acquiesced to a teenager's request for a year of free chicken nuggets. But the fast-food chain won't pay an extra cent per pound of tomatoes to support low-wage farm workers.


Synod resolutions seek to enhance UCC giving model with modern approaches

Philanthropy has evolved since the formation of the United Church of Christ 60 years ago, but the denomination's policy and patterns around giving have not. That could soon change.


General Synod resolution seeks national study of gun violence

Bolstered by the belief that gun violence has reached a crisis point in the United States, the Council for Health and Human Services Ministries is asking General Synod of the United Church of Christ to proclaim gun violence as a public health concern.