Synod votes for a unified governance structure June 30, 2009
Tuesday morning’s first order of Synod business was consideration of a unified governance structure for the national structure – and the motion was adopted. The effort required 49 minutes, with 29 speakers engaging in debate.
Single (or 'unified') governance vote due on Tuesday June 30, 2009
After more than three years and in excess of $250,000 in legal and meeting expenses from a shrinking national budget, the issue of a single governance structure is finally coming to the General Synod floor on Tuesday.
Town Hall meeting garners no action by Synod June 30, 2009
The proposal to institute a town hall meeting on justice issues a day before each General Synod was postponed indefinitely when it came to the plenary floor Tuesday afternoon with its committee recommending no action.
UCC asked to consider community impact in meeting practices June 30, 2009
With a history of advocating "environmental, economic and social justice stewardship," the United Church of Christ added a consideration for respecting "personal, congregational and community habits" as churches and church bodies select meeting venues.
Cookie count keeps climbing June 30, 2009
A General Synod tradition continues here in Michigan as the host conference rolls out the dough, baking and buying cookies for delegates and visitors. And the rabbits multiplying at on Friday morning are no match for the cookies proliferating in DeVos Gallery D.
Synod approves multiple paths to ministry June 30, 2009
The issue of changing the UCC Constitution and Bylaws to include multiple paths to ministry, first voted on by General Synod 25 four years ago, came to a vote again on Monday afternoon. After an extended discussion, it passed by a simple show of hands.