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.
Jaramillo: 'We have a long way to go' June 28, 2013
The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo accepted her nomination to a third term as Executive Minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ with a passionate and timely address to visitors and delegates of General Synod 2013.
10,000 scarves are a rainbow against bullying June 28, 2013
They set a bold goal: 3,000 hand-knitted, crocheted, or woven scarves, bright with rainbow color, for delegates and visitors to General Synod 2013 to wear, declare, and pass along. They received enough to go over nine miles, laid end to end: 10,000 scarves to splash a message of inclusion, if not over the sky, over the shoulders and over the hearts of everyone willing to make a simple pledge: to take action against bullying.
Hundreds turn out to celebrate marriage equality at UCC rally June 28, 2013
Just minutes after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on same-gender marriages in California on Friday, hundreds braved a blistering sun outside the Long Beach Convention Center to cheer the justice leadership of the United Church of Christ and the validation of General Synod 2005's vote to affirm marriage equality.
God’s vision for the UCC taking shape at General Synod 2013 June 27, 2013
What is “God’s Vision” for United Church of Christ? That question will be explored, dwelled on and shared extensively during General Synod 2013. To find the answer, the church will look to its delegates, clergy, lay leaders, youth and staff to define and proclaim what “God’s Vision” is for them.