GENERAL SYNOD 2015

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General Synod 2015

June 26-30, 2015 | Cleveland, Ohio

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About General Synod 2015

Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old).

In June 2015, thousands from across the country (and abroad) will gather for General Synod 30 in Cleveland, Ohio — the birthplace of the United Church of Christ. Together, we will discern resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. We will stand up for issues that demand a faithful witness. And we will join together in worship each day to lift up the Stillspeaking God.

At General Synod 30, we will explore some of the “Unexpected Places” where we hear God’s voice, encounter the Spirit, and find the United Church of Christ lifting up its witness in the world.

Event Materials for General Synod 30

Materials for visitors and delegates are coming soon!

Ohio Conference Volunteer Opportunities at General Synod
Past General Synod Resolutions

General Synod Program & Agenda

The program and agenda is coming soon!

08:00 am - 12:00 noon

Youth Registration

Registration times have not been set.

04:00 pm - 08:00 pm

General Registration

Registration times have not been set.

08:30 am - 08:00 pm

General Registration

11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Synod 101

For first-time delegates to General Synod, this one-hour workshop reviews the basic do's and dont's, reviews the voting process, and answers questions you may have.

12:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Exhibit Hall to Open

Exhibit hall times have not been set

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Educational Intensives

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

1st Plenary

05:15 pm - 07:15 pm

Optional Dining Events

Optional Dining Events, formally known as sponsored meals, are ticketed luncheon and dinner events, hosted by a variety of organizations across the wider United Church of Christ. Tickets are required.

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Opening Worship

07:30 am - 07:30 pm

General Registration

08:30 am - 09:00 am

Worship

09:00 pm - 11:00 am

2nd Plenary

09:00 am - 04:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit hall times have not been set.

12:00 noon / 11:00 am lineup

Gay Pride Parade-City Event

12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Optional Dining Events

Optional Dining Events, formally known as sponsored meals, are ticketed luncheon and dinner events, hosted by a variety of organizations across the wider United Church of Christ. Tickets are required.

02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Workshops / Service Projects

05:00 pm - 07:15 pm

Development Fundraising Dinner

7:30 pm - ?

Evening Event

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All Day

General Synod Registration in Office

9:00 am - 12:00 noon

Committees in Session

9:00 am - 02:30 pm

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit hall times have not been set.

12:00 pm - 02:15 pm

Optional Dining Events

Optional Dining Events, formally known as sponsored meals, are ticketed luncheon and dinner events, hosted by a variety of organizations across the wider United Church of Christ. Tickets are required.

02:00 pm - 02:45 pm

Committees in Session

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Worship

05:00 pm - 07:15 pm

Optional Dining Events

Optional Dining Events, formally known as sponsored meals, are ticketed luncheon and dinner events, hosted by a variety of organizations across the wider United Church of Christ. Tickets are required.

07:30 pm

Hearings

Budget, General Synod Nominating Committee and Bylaw Changes.

05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit hall times have not been set.

All Day

General Synod Registration in Office

08:30 am - 12:00 noon

3rd Plenary

10:00 am - 07:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit hall times have not been set.

12:00 pm - 02:15 pm

Optional Dining Events

Optional Dining Events, formally known as sponsored meals, are ticketed luncheon and dinner events, hosted by a variety of organizations across the wider United Church of Christ. Tickets are required.

02:30 pm - 05:00 pm

4th Plenary

05:00 pm - 07:15 pm

Optional Dining Events

Optional Dining Events, formally known as sponsored meals, are ticketed luncheon and dinner events, hosted by a variety of organizations across the wider United Church of Christ. Tickets are required.

07:30 pm - 08:30 pm

5th Plenary

08:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Worship

All Day

General Synod Registraton in Office

08:30 am - 12:00 pm

6th Plenary

08:00 am - 12:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

Exhibit hall times have not been set.

12:00 pm - 02:15 pm

Optional Dining Events

Optional Dining Events, formally known as sponsored meals, are ticketed luncheon and dinner events, hosted by a variety of organizations across the wider United Church of Christ. Tickets are required.

12:00 noon

Exhibit Hall Closes

Teardown begins.

02:30 pm - 05:00 pm

7th Plenary

07:30 pm

Closing Worship

Speakers, Preachers & Workshops

A full list of General Synod 30 keynote speakers, workshops, and preachers is coming soon!

Rev. Molly Baskette
Rev. Molly Baskette
PASTOR
She is the Lead Pastor at First Church UCC in Somerville, MA. Molly has been with First Church since November 2003. A lifelong UCC’er, she earned her BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College in 1992 and her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1996. She spent a year after graduation in service to the Casa San Jose Orphanage in Colima, Mexico, where she found a second home, a relationship that continues to this day.
Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
PASTOR
Mitri Rahab is the pastor of the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. He is also founder of a consortium that operates a university on the West Bank and engages in a number of other activities. It's probably safe to say that Dr. Raheb is the preeminent Palestinian theologian today.
Bishop Dwayne Royster
Bishop Dwayne Royster
PASTOR
Bishop Royster is the founding pastor of Living Water United Church of Christ located in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. Bishop Royster has served in pastoral ministry for the past 18 years in a variety of positions and denominations. He is also the Executive Director of POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild. Bishop Royster serves on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
General Minister and President
Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins serves as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

General Synod 30 Exhibitors

Interested in exhibiting at General Synod 2015? Contact us


Exhibitor Registration Fees
Exhibitor (Primarily Selling) $100.00
Exhibitor (Primarily Informational Sharing and Resources) $247.50

*Additional fees apply for booth space within the exhibit hall.

Cleveland, Ohio

Housing Information

Housing for General Synod 2015 is OPEN! Click here to book your room. The United Church of Christ has contracted discounted room rates with the following hotels:

1. Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center ($159)
  127 Public Square • Cleveland, OH 44114

2. Doubletree by Hilton ($137)
  1111 Lakeside Avenue East • Cleveland, OH 44114

3. Hampton Inn Cleveland-Downtown ($132 - $142, includes breakfast)
  1460 East 9th Street • Cleveland, OH 44114

4. Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade ($159)
  420 Superior Avenue • Cleveland, OH 44114

5. Renaissance Cleveland Hotel ($159)
  24 Public Square • Cleveland, OH 44113

These rates will ONLY be available through the online housing bureau. Hotels are unable to accept reservations at the UCC's contracted discounted rate through direct phone calls. Please note: All hotels are within 0.4 miles of the Cleveland Convention Center.

Area Highlights and Links

Positively Cleveland
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Things to do in Cleveland

Synod Hotels in Cleveland
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