United Church of Christ marches for comprehensive immigration reform July 1, 2013
In a visible witness for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform, advocates from the United Church of Christ took to the streets of Long Beach, Calif., on Monday as the General Synod voted to adopt a resolution supporting immigration reform and the protection of the human rights of immigrants.
Guess: 'We are strong' July 1, 2013
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess spoke of the privileges, joys and challenges he has experienced during his two years as a national officer and executive minister of Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ during his re-nomination speech July 1.
Doctrine of Discovery resolution supported by committee June 30, 2013
Delegates assigned to the committee calling for the United Church of Christ to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery agreed unanimously Sunday morning to bring the resolution before General Synod delegates for approval.
Committee commends end of mountaintop removal to Synod delegates June 30, 2013
The ancient mountains of Appalachia have provided energy to U.S. citizens for over 150 years in the form of coal. Traditional mining methods have created uncountable tunnels beneath the earth, but today energy companies take a quicker approach: they blow the tops off the mountains, and dump the rubble into the valleys below. The rubble, laden with toxic minerals, has poisoned streams and driven communities into exile. Committee 4 has recommended that General Synod 2013 approve a resolution from the Central Atlantic Conference that calls for the practice to end.
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.
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.
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.
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.