Nearly 3,600 are expected to have registered for General Synod 26 in Hartford, Conn., as of April 1, a tally that far exceeds the usual number of pre-Synod signups at this point.
Two years ago, for example, General Synod had just 2,744 registrations as delegates and visitors arrived for their first day in Atlanta. On average, General Synod draws about 3,000.
The UCC's much-touted 50th anniversary celebration and the General Synod's location in UCC-dense New England could lead to record-setting attendance. About 180,000 UCC members live within a two-hour drive of Hartford.
Edith A. Guffey, associate general minister and General Synod administrator, has said she's hoping 10,000 will attend the denomination's golden jubilee.
One significant draw is the special day-long "Synod in the City" on Sat., June 23, when about 60 artistic, educational and inspiration events will take place at venues throughout downtown Hartford. (See pages 20-21 for more information.)