Written by Gregg Brekke
Recognizing that it is meeting in one of the hardest hit states of the current recession, UCC General Synod 27 declared itself "in solidarity" with the people of the state of Michigan and those throughout the country who "struggle and are struggling" in the current economy.
In a resolution of witness, adopted unanimously at their meeting in Grand Rapids, UCC delegates pledged to keep the people of Michigan in their prayers and asked national and local church bodies and congregations to "undertake renewed efforts to envision, encourage, support and strengthen" their support programs serving those affected by the economic downturn.
Areas impacted include financial ministries, food banks and financial counseling. Delegates also called for an increase in "direct and charitable actions" as well as advocacy for programs to serve affected individuals and families.