Resolution on seminary aid sparks most debate at General Synod July 8, 2013
It took a while to resolve, but the General Synod of the United Church of Christ voted in favor of a resolution on Tuesday, July 2, which aims to address issues in offering financial assistance to seminary students who are swimming in debt.
UCC seeks entries for 'My Faith, My World, My Voice' video contest July 8, 2013
The "My Faith, My World, My Voice" video contest, introduced at General Synod 2013 in Long Beach, Calif., challenges young adults to be visionaries for the future by creating a video representation of what faith means to them and how it impacts their world.
General Synod adopts statement on Supreme Court voting rights ruling July 3, 2013
The United Church of Christ’s General Synod decisively adopted a statement brought to the floor July 2 calling on the church to publicly support voter’s rights through public statements, advocacy and actions. The approved resolution was in response to the Supreme Court’s decision a week ago to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional.
Closing worship, Hudson's sermon, invite General Synod to celebrate 'new life' July 3, 2013
Each of the four worship services at General Synod 2013 reflected the theme of God’s Vision in a different way. For the final night of the biennial gathering on Tuesday, July 2, God’s Vision was a call to new life after the church moved into a single board of governance from the previous five-board structure.
Ohio Conference offers its welcome to General Synod 2015 July 3, 2013
See you in Cleveland! The United Church of Christ’s General Synod 2013 came to a close on Tuesday, July 2, but not before the Ohio Conference took the stage to extend an invitation to General Synod 2015 in the Buckeye State. The Rev. Phil Hart, incoming Ohio Conference Minister, surrounded by members of the Ohio delegation, invited the church to Cleveland, the home of the denomination's national headquarters.
United Church of Christ Board introduced to General Synod July 3, 2013
The leadership of the United Church of Christ stepped into the future at the conclusion of General Synod 2013. The church that proclaims “That they may all be one” completed its long-awaited transition into one board, the United Church Board.
UCC resolution affirms: affordable housing is an act of hospitality July 2, 2013
Calling the “creation and sustaining of quality affordable housing an act of hospitality,” the General Synod of the United Church of Christ today (Tuesday) called upon its congregations and national setting to advocate for funding of federal housing programs, specifically HUD Section 202 and Section 811.
Global partners share stories, ideas, and dreams visiting General Synod July 2, 2013
UCC delegates and visitors to General Synod may fly thousands of miles, and they may find themselves in a setting where the business occurs in a language they do not understand. They remain, however, in their own country and in their own church, in contrast to representatives from overseas partners. They travel even farther to a more foreign place, bearing witness to the power of shared ministry over the decades and over the seas.
DeShazier bring worship in a season of new things July 2, 2013
“A meditation — that’s what it says by my name, but I think you’ve been tricked,” said Pastor Julian DeShazier, preaching to delegates and visitors of General Synod 2013 after a long day of work. “Because I’m not only Pastor Julian, I’m also J. Kwest, and so, when the music comes on, some of you will be trying to meditate.
“You shouldn’t do that,” he joked, to a swell of laughter.
UCC's 'Faith,In Project' promoted as bottom-up community development July 2, 2013
Last summer, the United Church of Christ invited members and congregations to live their faith, and love their communities through the "Faith,In Project.” That call to action, to make your faith visible through mission and community outreach, was echoed July 1 at General Synod 2013, as author Peter Kageyama reminded delegates and visitors at the Long Beach Convention Center that faith in their cities is as important as ever.
General Synod resolution advocates for tax fairness July 2, 2013
The United Church of Christ has frequently called for a system of taxation that is fair and just. General Synod 29, meeting this week in Long Beach, Calif., added its voice by calling for a tax system that addresses current flaws in order to make taxation “fair, adequate and equitable.”
Synod votes to resist actions seeking to undermine the status of women July 2, 2013
By an overwhelming majority, delegates to General Synod 2013 approved the amended resolution, “Resisting Actions Seeking to Undermine the Status of Women in Society.” Responding to a wide range of legislative initiatives threatening women’s free access to health care, equal pay, and reproductive choice, the measure calls upon the bodies of the United Church of Christ to “publicly address and challenge policies, ideologies, and theologies that promote the inferiority and subjugation of women.”