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.
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.
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.
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.
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.