United Church of Christ

General Synod News

Norman Williams and the Rev. Penny Lowes were selected to serve as the moderator and assistant moderator of General Synod 2019 in Milwaukee.


The Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ is bringing a new set of proposed amendments to the UCC Constitution and Bylaws that include altering the structure of the leadership of the denomination. Those amendments are designed to give the national setting of the church more flexibility to be more collaborative and responsive to shifts across the religious landscape.


Each year, an estimated 500 to 700 Palestinian children are arrested by Israeli military personnel, charged with a crime and prosecuted in a military court system instead of a civilian court. A group of United Church of Christ congregations, along with a network of Israel-Palestine peace advocates, seek to end what they say is a "traumatic" practice and will ask the denomination to speak out on behalf of children of Palestine.


When delegates and visitors assemble for the 31st General Synod this summer in Baltimore, worship will take them into the United Church of Christ's biennial gathering, and it will conclude it. Drawing on the General Synod theme "Make Glad," every aspect of those life-affirming worship services will marry the work for justice and peace, emphasizing the role of the UCC in creating a just world for all.


The Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ is planning to welcome the wider church to General Synod 31 like never before. The conference is offering six special events that take place before or after General Synod 2017 in Baltimore June 30 through July 4, as a way to introduce people to all that the Maryland area has to offer.