The UCC's 90-member Executive Council unanimously affirmed the report of its Associate General Minister Nominating Committee on Oct. 14 in recommending that Edith A. Guffey be nominated for a third and final four-year term in the position.
The decision was followed by a standing ovation for Guffey as she reentered the meeting room at the Church House in Cleveland, where the Executive Council was gathered for its fall meeting. Delegates to General Synod 26 in Hartford, Conn., must now vote to affirm Guffey's re-election in June 2007.
Guffey, 53, has served as a member of the five-person Collegium of Officers since the denomination's national restructure was launched in 1999. Prior to that, she was the elected secretary of the church's national setting. As Associate General Minister, Guffey is the administrator of the UCC's biennial General Synod and the Office of General Ministries, one of the UCC's four Covenanted Ministries.
Guffey is a member of Federated UCC in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Her husband, Jerry, is the administrator at Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Cleveland. They have two adult sons.