Guess: 'We are strong' July 1, 2013
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess spoke of the privileges, joys and challenges he has experienced during his two years as a national officer and executive minister of Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ during his re-nomination speech July 1.
Committee commends end of mountaintop removal to Synod delegates June 30, 2013
The ancient mountains of Appalachia have provided energy to U.S. citizens for over 150 years in the form of coal. Traditional mining methods have created uncountable tunnels beneath the earth, but today energy companies take a quicker approach: they blow the tops off the mountains, and dump the rubble into the valleys below. The rubble, laden with toxic minerals, has poisoned streams and driven communities into exile. Committee 4 has recommended that General Synod 2013 approve a resolution from the Central Atlantic Conference that calls for the practice to end.
Doctrine of Discovery resolution supported by committee June 30, 2013
Delegates assigned to the committee calling for the United Church of Christ to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery agreed unanimously Sunday morning to bring the resolution before General Synod delegates for approval.
UCC General Synod celebrates same-sex marriage of local pastor June 30, 2013
As the first mainline Protestant denomination to affirm marriage equality, it was only fitting that the United Church of Christ General Synod in Long Beach, Calif. played host Sunday to one of the first same-gender marriages celebrated in California after a federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed them to resume.
Compromise resolution created on fossil fuel divestment June 30, 2013
Synod committee dealing with fossil fuel divestment given substitute resolution replacing the demand for divestment with enhanced shareholder engagement, an intensive search for fossil fuel-free investment vehicles and the identification of “best in class” fossil fuel companies by General Synod 2015.