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.
Extravagance UCC ready to rethink church June 29, 2013
To live into the mission of planting welcoming and accessible congregations, the United Church of Christ is opening its virtual doors and extending an extravagant and inclusive welcome through Extravagance UCC, a new web-based spiritual community.
Jazz feeds the spirit and the soul June 28, 2013
A cavernous, steel-beam-and-concrete hall of the Long Beach Convention Center was transformed into an intimate club for mellow jazz Thursday evening as part of the Youth@ General Synod 2013.
Meet, Greet, Pray and Learn in Synod Exhibit Hall June 28, 2013
A village. A chapel. A long row of bookshelves. Smiling faces. Brochures. Jelly wristbands galore: General Synod 2013's main exhibit hall in the Long Beach Convention Center displays, describes, occasionally delights, and sometimes embodies the manifold ministries of the United Church of Christ.
UCC General Synod to host local pastor's same-sex marriage Sunday June 28, 2013
Just days after the United States Supreme Court returned Proposition 8 to the state of California, and minutes after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the hold on same-sex weddings, a United Church of Christ pastor and his partner decided to “step out in faith” and legally tie the knot in front of God and everybody at the denomination’s biennial General Synod in Long Beach.