DeShazier bring worship in a season of new things July 2, 2013
“A meditation — that’s what it says by my name, but I think you’ve been tricked,” said Pastor Julian DeShazier, preaching to delegates and visitors of General Synod 2013 after a long day of work. “Because I’m not only Pastor Julian, I’m also J. Kwest, and so, when the music comes on, some of you will be trying to meditate.
“You shouldn’t do that,” he joked, to a swell of laughter.
Synod votes to resist actions seeking to undermine the status of women July 2, 2013
By an overwhelming majority, delegates to General Synod 2013 approved the amended resolution, “Resisting Actions Seeking to Undermine the Status of Women in Society.” Responding to a wide range of legislative initiatives threatening women’s free access to health care, equal pay, and reproductive choice, the measure calls upon the bodies of the United Church of Christ to “publicly address and challenge policies, ideologies, and theologies that promote the inferiority and subjugation of women.”
UCC's 'Faith,In Project' promoted as bottom-up community development July 2, 2013
Last summer, the United Church of Christ invited members and congregations to live their faith, and love their communities through the "Faith,In Project.” That call to action, to make your faith visible through mission and community outreach, was echoed July 1 at General Synod 2013, as author Peter Kageyama reminded delegates and visitors at the Long Beach Convention Center that faith in their cities is as important as ever.
Theological reflections bring further meaning to Synod actions and activities July 2, 2013
Delegates to the United Church of Christ General Synod have several pieces of business to consider as they meet this week in Long Beach, Calif. For the Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock and the Rev. Quinn Caldwell, its important to remind those who are deliberating that “there is danger in too much focus on work.” Brock and Quinn are leading theological reflections, which bring an end to each business session during the United Church of Christ General Synod this week.
UCC votes to further relationship with UC-Canada, welcome veterans, assess conference borders July 1, 2013
United Church of Christ's General Synod 2013 overwhelmingly passed several of the first resolutions that came to the floor. Moving forward, UCC settings will broaden an ecumenical relationship with the United Church of Canada, extend an extravagant welcome to all war veterans and their families, and further a dialogue to examine redrawing UCC conference boundaries.
United Church of Christ marches for comprehensive immigration reform July 1, 2013
In a visible witness for compassionate comprehensive immigration reform, advocates from the United Church of Christ took to the streets of Long Beach, Calif., on Monday as the General Synod voted to adopt a resolution supporting immigration reform and the protection of the human rights of immigrants.