General Synod News

General Synod News

Williams, Lowes tapped as moderators of 2019 General Synod

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


General Synod to once again address constitution and bylaw changes

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.


General Synod resolution seeks end of ill-treatment of Palestinian children

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.


Experience joy and exuberance at General Synod at worship

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.


Central Atlantic Conference rolls out welcome mat with General Synod special events

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.


General Synod service projects to focus on people, environment, animals

Delegates and visitors of General Synod 2017 in Baltimore have the opportunity to go out into the community to perform acts of service in the areas of people, the environment and animals, and share that life-changing experience with their local faith communities when they return home.


Expand your worldview with General Synod workshops

Visualize the Gospel through sculpture, see the scriptures come to life in pictures, learn more about Cuba and find ways to coach your way through conflict -- all possible with a one-hour workshop at General Synod in Baltimore.


Heavy load of business awaits General Synod 2017 delegates

The United Church of Christ's General Synod 31 faces a tall task this summer during business sessions. Delegates must debate as many as 20 resolutions submitted for consideration, decide on a set of changes to the UCC Constitution and Bylaws that would alter the leadership structure of the church's national setting and elect one of the denomination's national officers.


Agenda changes offer more free time to General Synod 2017 visitors

The General Synod planning team is doing its best to provide attendees and delegates with more free time during the United Church of Christ's biennial gathering in 2017, while arranging the schedule in such a way to accommodate all the business decisions that the deliberative body must tackle this summer in Baltimore.


General Synod planners seeking "Be the Church" discussions

If your church has a great idea that helped revitalize your ministry, the planning team for the 2017 General Synod of the United Church of Christ wants to hear from you. Team leaders are seeking creative minds to lead a series of church-focused "Be the Church" roundtable discussions this summer in Baltimore.