Khmer Rouge survivor 'not afraid to cry' now July 2, 2011
Arn Chorn Pond survived Cambodia's genocide. He spoke of the emotional and spiritual toll, and how he recovered hope, during a Suncoast Saturday session at General Synod 28.
Historical figures bring UCC's past to life at GS28 July 2, 2011
Abigail Roberts, a traveling evangelist, and the Hon. Samuel Sewall, a judge at the Salem witch trials, were among 17 UCC historical figures making appearances at the Tampa Convention Center.
Energy and optimism permeate new church celebration July 1, 2011
Buoyed by encouraging numbers and boldly optimistic that the trend will continue, the Rev. David Schoen led a rousing celebration of new church plants Friday afternoon in the Plenary Hall of the Tampa Convention Center.
From fruit to nuts, local cookies add special flavor to General Synod July 1, 2011
Beginning Thursday, more than 10,000 dozen cookies began arriving from churches throughout the Florida Conference – from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast – for sorting and eventual distribution to committee rooms, plenary sessions, offices, and anywhere people look for a baked treat.
Moos: 'Imagine' is a word with wings July 1, 2011
Wings and weight may seem to conjure up opposite images, but in the mind of the Rev. Jim Moos, nominee for Executive Minister for the UCC’s Wider Church Ministries, both wings and weight are essential as the church begins to imagine what’s possible.
Guess: This is a time of significant change July 1, 2011
“The United Church of Christ is undergoing a period of great change—but not of great demise.”
When introduced to delegates and visitors during the Opening Plenary on Friday, the Rev. J. Bennett Guess, nominee for Local Church Ministries Executive Minister, encouraged the church not to forget this.
Youth volunteers lend a hand in Tampa June 30, 2011
In addition to helping at the convention center, UCC youth are serving Thursday and Friday with community organizations around the city as part of the Youth @ Synod program.