Bold inspirational goals chart UCC course into the future June 30, 2013
Just as General Synod 2013 is using the five days from June 28 through July 2 to share what “God’s Vision” is for its delegates, clergy, lay leaders, youth and staff, the five Officers of the United Church of Christ shared their vision for the UCC as they lead the denomination into the future.
General Synod workshops provide opportunities for learning June 30, 2013
In 39 workshops held Saturday, June 29, Synod attendees broadened or deepened their knowledge. Some had a first encounter with a new idea, while others further explored a question that had concerned them for some time.
Resolution on status of women recommended for adoption June 30, 2013
The revised resolution,"Resisting Actions Seeking to Undermine the Status of Women in Society, summons the different settings of the Church to bear witness to their conviction of all people's equal standing before God, and to actively challenge theologies and public policy that would undermine it.
Compromise resolution created on fossil fuel divestment June 30, 2013
Synod committee dealing with fossil fuel divestment given substitute resolution replacing the demand for divestment with enhanced shareholder engagement, an intensive search for fossil fuel-free investment vehicles and the identification of “best in class” fossil fuel companies by General Synod 2015.
Search and Call Fair debuts at General Synod 2013 June 30, 2013
For the first time ever, seminary graduates, ministers and staff members from all 38 conferences of the United Church of Christ came together intentionally in a 90-minute meet-and-greet at General Synod 2013 in Long Beach, Calif.
Synod service projects are 'part of God changing the world' June 30, 2013
Dozens of General Synod delegates ventured out into the California sunshine Saturday afternoon to serve the Long Beach area. Volunteers traveled in groups to two retirement communities, a village for homeless veterans, a faith-based food and clothing distribution center, and picked up trash on a local beach.
UCC General Synod celebrates same-sex marriage of local pastor June 30, 2013
As the first mainline Protestant denomination to affirm marriage equality, it was only fitting that the United Church of Christ General Synod in Long Beach, Calif. played host Sunday to one of the first same-gender marriages celebrated in California after a federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed them to resume.
CHHSM reflects on 75 years, looks forward to 75 more June 29, 2013
The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries celebrated 75 years of heritage and successes at the United Church of Christ's General Synod 2013 gathering in California. While reflecting on the history of the ministry with friends and colleagues, CHHSM stands ready to delve into 75 more years of work in the future.
Extravagance UCC ready to rethink church June 29, 2013
To live into the mission of planting welcoming and accessible congregations, the United Church of Christ is opening its virtual doors and extending an extravagant and inclusive welcome through Extravagance UCC, a new web-based spiritual community.
Black: 'A change is gonna come' June 29, 2013
Sam Cooke said, "I know a change gonna come." UCC General Minister and President the Rev. Geoffrey Black took those lyrics as the text for his renomination speech Saturday morning at General Synod 2013 in Long Beach, Calif.
UCC General Synod to host local pastor's same-sex marriage Sunday June 28, 2013
Just days after the United States Supreme Court returned Proposition 8 to the state of California, and minutes after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the hold on same-sex weddings, a United Church of Christ pastor and his partner decided to “step out in faith” and legally tie the knot in front of God and everybody at the denomination’s biennial General Synod in Long Beach.
10,000 scarves are a rainbow against bullying June 28, 2013
They set a bold goal: 3,000 hand-knitted, crocheted, or woven scarves, bright with rainbow color, for delegates and visitors to General Synod 2013 to wear, declare, and pass along. They received enough to go over nine miles, laid end to end: 10,000 scarves to splash a message of inclusion, if not over the sky, over the shoulders and over the hearts of everyone willing to make a simple pledge: to take action against bullying.