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Pre-Synod Events


Holy Water

JWM/Environment and Energy Task Force are co-sponsoring a pre-Synod event.  "Holy Water" A Conference on Environment and Faith will be held on June 25 from 8-5 at East Congregational UCC, 1005 Giddings Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.  The speaker at worship will be George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids Several water-related workshops will be given by members of the Task Force and Also Sheila Holt-Orsted will present "Water Woes", the story of her family's fight to obtain non-contaminated drinking water.  Workshops will be followed by field trips.  More information


Is it Well with Your Soul? Service of Healing, Prayer, and Praise

Is it Well with Your Soul?
Service of Healing, Prayer, and Praise
Pantlind Ballroom at the Amway Grand
Grand Rapid, MI
7:30pm-9:00pm on Thursday, June 25, 2009

New York Conference Bike Challenge


Cyclists from New York Conference are going to ride to General Synod, from Syracuse to Grand Rapids, staying at UCC churches along the way, spreading good news that there are more creation-friendly ways to organize our communities, our lives and our transportation needs. These riders will be raising funds to create a New York Conference Fund to help our local congregations go green.   More information




Toward More Sane, Humane Immigration Policies

In 2008, an immigration coordinating committee sponsored by Justice and Witness Ministries has been formulating a strategy toward shaping immigration. Toward that end, we are sponsoring a one-day consultation on immigration June 25, 2009, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  
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1st Children and Families Multicultural Festival

Thursday, June 25, 2009
St. John's Church, UCC in Grand Rapids beginning at 1:00 p.m.  The theme for the Children & Families Multicultural Festival: Immerse Yourself in Friendship

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UCC History, Theology and Polity Course

Sign up and learn more about how Congregational, Christian, Evangelical and Reformed traditions have shaped and continue to shape the UCC.

The Institute will meet for twelve intensive days in Grand Rapids, MI in connection with General Synod 27. Class will begin at 2:30 pm Monday, June 22 and end at noon Friday, July 3. The Institute will include evening and weekend activities.   Application


Aquinas College
1607 Robinson Road S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

DeVos Place
303 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


General Synod Candle Cloth Project

Immersed in Prayer - Covenant of Prayer Partnerships

Every local church represented by a delegate or visitor at General Synod 2009, Grand Rapids, MI, can be involved in a special Covenant of Prayer Partnership opportunity.  By preparing a prayer and a quilted fabric candle cloth, the local church will share them with everyone at General Synod and, in particular, with another local UCC church.  Prayer partnerships will occur between the various local church families as the prayers and candle cloths are exchanged before General Synod ends.  

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UCC Coalition's 2009 National Gathering

The UCC Coalition's 2009 National Gathering will be held June 2225 2009, prior to the UCC General Synod in Grand Rapids, MI.  The theme for this year's gathering is "Growing Bold." It will be a celebration of Open and Affirming, exploration of what ONA can be in its fullest expression, worship, fellowship, celebration and engagement.

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The Christian Preservation Project


Workshop leader:  Barbara Brown Zikmund (UCC historian)

Thursday, June 25, 2009 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Thornapple Room at the Amway Grand Hotel

Feel free to come late if transportation to Grand Rapids delays your arrival, or other meetings conflict. No preregistration is necessary.

DESCRIPTION: When the UCC was created in 1957 four different histories came together to create a new united and uniting church rooted in Congregational, Reformed, Evangelical and Christian history. Most of us know something about the first three groups, but very little about the Christians, except that they united with the Congregationalists in 1931 to form the General Council of the Congregational and Christian Churches. Today only 240 local UCC congregations trace their origins back to the so-called "Christian movement."

This workshop will explore the history of the "Christian Movement", a little known part of UCC history, and discuss ways in which it can be promoted and preserved. Click here for more details about the CHRISTIAN PRESERVATION PROJECT. Write to for more information.

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Cleveland, Ohio 44115