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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.

General Synod Program & Agenda

Synod at a Glance (pdf)

Speakers, Preachers & Workshops

General Synod 2015 Preachers

Rev. Molly Baskette
Rev. Molly Baskette
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
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
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 2015 Workshops

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General Synod 2015 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
General Synod Sponsorship Opportunities
Synod Advertising Opportunities

*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

6. The Westin Cleveland Downtown ($159)
  777 St. Clair Avenue, NE • Cleveland, OH 44114

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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