Synod Contest Winners Announced
The winning congregations are First Congregational UCC, Wallingford, Conn.; Everett (Wash.) UCC; First Congregational UCC, Ypsilanti, Mich.; New Covenant UCC, Williamsport, Pa.; Zion UCC, Burlington, Iowa; and Central St. Matthew UCC, New Orleans, La.
Each of their stories will be shared at General Synod as part of an "Imagine What's Possible Music Celebration" on Saturday evening, July 2, in Tampa, Fla. The pastor and one lay leader from each chosen congregations will have their expenses paid to attend.
"The judging was tremendously difficult because every church’s story represents a huge investment of passion, ingenuity and commitment," says Edith Guffey, Associate General Minister and administrator of the UCC’s biennial General Synod. “I consider myself blessed to have been able to read many of the congregations’ moving stories before they were passed along to the Synod moderators.”
The contest was judged by 2011 moderator James K. Robertson, an attorney and member of First Congregational UCC in Watertown, Conn., and assistant moderators Carolyn Belsom, an attorney and member of Waiola UCC in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, and the Rev. Patricia Aurand, pastor of First Congregational UCC in Mason City, Iowa.
"These stories certainly bring to life our 'Imagine What's Possible' General Synod theme in a powerful way," Ms. Guffey says.
The stories were so inspiring that Ms. Guffey has decided to compile a descriptive list of all the congregations’ entries to be shared online and as part of the Synod’s program book.
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