Your church can voice its opinion on proposed General Synod actions
May 2003



 

The following pronouncements, resolutions and by-law changes have been submitted to General Synod. Congregations can respond online to express their opinions about these items before General Synod meets by going to  www.ucc.org/synod. Any congregation without web access may request printed copies of resolutions and pronouncements, along with response forms, from Mary Ann Murray, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115-1100.

Pronouncements

OUR COMMON CALLING

Summary: Invites all UCC settings to join in a common effort to assure that sufficient resources are provided for the education of future ordained leaders.

A FAITHFUL RESPONSE

Summary: Calls for a more just, humane direction for economic globalization.

Resolutions

ADVOCATING PEACE AND RECONCILIATION IN THE KOREAN PENINSULA

Summary: Calls on the UCC, General Synod, individual churches, Conferences, and Associations to be educated about the reunification of Korea, to pray for a peaceful resolution, and to encourage the president and other lawmakers to pursue policies that will end tensions peacefully.

AFFIRMATION OF KIRCHENGEMEINSCHAFT WITH THE UNION OF EVANGELICAL CHURCHES (UEK) IN GERMANY

Summary: Calls on Affirmation of Kirchengemeinschaft (full communion) with the Union of Evangelical Churches (UEK) in Germany.

AFFIRMING THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF COMMISSIONED MINISTRY AS AN AUTHORIZED MINISTRY OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Summary: Affirms a variety of commissioned ministries as vocational ministries, including calls to ministries such as Christian education, youth work, outdoor ministries, music, administration in a churchrelated setting, parish nursing, visitation, and spiritual direction.

AMERICAN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS

Summary: Calls on the UCC to become aware of its participation in the history of the American Indian people and the boarding schools; to take responsibility for its role in the establishment of these schools, and to then seek reconciliation with the American Indian nations in this country; and to produce educational resources for the whole church.

AN ALTERNATIVE VOICE TO CHRISTIAN ZIONISM

Summary: Recommends that the General Synod take concrete steps to promote an alternative voice to the theology of Christian Zionism, which has increasingly ... influenced media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine in recent years. States that Christian Zionism equates the actions of the government of Israel with the word of God as it is revealed in the Bible and that Christian Zionist teachings have been endorsed by some current U.S. government officials and influence U.S. foreign policy.

A CALL FOR CHURCH-WIDE SUPPORT OF OIKOCREDIT U.S.A.

Summary: Calls upon all the denomination's entities to support Oikocredit U.S.A. within the UCC by investing funds in Oikocredit U.S.A. and affording opportunities for members and friends to do likewise.

THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Summary: Requests the Boy Scouts of America to end their discriminatory policies and practices against gay and bisexual boys and men. Offers support for congregations which, as chartering organizations, may either wish to sever their ties with the Boy Scouts of America or be in dialogue with BSA about its discriminatory policies and practices.

CALLING FOR DISCUSSION OF THE WORSHIP LIFE OF THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND FOR WORSHIP RESOURCE AND PROGRAM INITIATIVES

Summary: Calls on the General Synod 24 to request Local Church Ministries to launch a broad-based inquiry into worship in the UCC and to consider and develop models for worship resources and programs that complement Book of Worship: United Church of Christ.

CALLING THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST TO BE AN ANTIRACIST CHURCH

Summary: Calls on the UCC in all settings to be an antiracist church, especially as the UCC continues to grow in the boldness of its commitment to dismantle racism.

CONFRONTING RACISM AND MILITARISM IN U.S. DRUG POLICY

Summary: Urges the federal government to shift from a law enforcement paradigm to treating drug use as a health problem and offer medical treatment instead of incarceration for those involved with minor offenses; to evaluate international eradication efforts and shift to economic development programs.

DONATION OF BLOOD AND BODY PARTS

Summary: Encourages not only our personal donations but also the provision of educational programs to encourage others to share life blood and vital organs as an exercise in Christian stewardship.

TO EXPLORE DIETARY CHOICES AND ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

Summary: Calls on Local Church Ministries to encourage pastors to discuss the effects of dietary choices on our own health and on the world around us and to develop and promote educational curricula that are respectful of different dietary choices and consider the various Christian teachings about diet.

IN HONOR OF SENATOR PAUL WELLSTONE

Summary: Calls upon the UCC to continue the joint efforts begun between the late Senator Paul Wellstone and the UCC to further the causes of true democracy, grassroots representation, and justice for all peoples. Full Communion between the United Church of Christ and the Church of South India (CSI)

FULL COMMUNION BETWEEN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA (CSI)

Summary: Calls on the Office of General Minister and President, with the assistance of the Council for Ecumenism, to pursue the necessary steps to bring to the General Synod 25 a proposal for affirming the UCC to be in Full Communion with the Church of South India (CSI).

GLOBAL NONVIOLENT PEACE FORCE

Summary: Endorses the creation and deployment of the Global Nonviolent Peace Force.

INTEGRITY IN DIVERSITY

Summary: Calls on the General Synod to reaffirm the reality of diversity within the UCC and to value the role and witness of all persons within our fellowship, including those whose conscience and faith bring them into disagreement with various resolutions and decisions made by UCC General Synods, covenanted ministries, and Conferences.

ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION

Summary: Calls upon the UCC to more actively encourage as many people as possible to enroll as organ and tissue donors and to prayerfully support those who have received organ transplants.

PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE: THE UNBORN, THE SUBJECTS OF MEDICAL RESEARCH, THE DISABLED, AND THOSE CHRONICALLY AND TERMINALLY ILL

Summary: Calls the General Synod to reaffirm its purpose "that all may have life" and to defend the lives of all human persons, especially the most vulnerable, from conception to natural death.

REAFFIRMING THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST'S DENOUNCEMENT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST LESBIAN AND GAY PEOPLE AND CALLING FOR THE INCLUSION OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE WITHIN THAT ANTIVIOLENCE STATEMENT

Summary: Reaffirms the UCC's denouncement of violence against lesbian and gay people and calls for the inclusion of transgender people within that antiviolence statement.

SEEKING THE MIND OF CHRIST ON ISSUES OF PEACE AND JUSTICE IN PUBLIC POLICY

Summary: Calls upon General Synod not to accept resolutions authored by political- or social-action organizations outside of itself and to independently seek the mind of Christ in pursuing peace and justice in public policy.

A THEOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO CORPORATE GREED

Summary: Calls upon all settings of the UCC to take several measures, including legislative advocacy, pension reform, and support for those working on corporate social responsibility, to hold corporations more accountable to their shareholders, employees, and consumers.

TRANSFORMING THE CHURCH HOUSE

Summary: Calls for an administrative change, so that the Minister for Affirmative Action and Diversity Initiatives is administratively and programmatically responsible to the Executive Committee of the Executive Council through the Chairperson of the Executive Council.

TO SUPPORT COLOMBIAN CHURCHES AND LEADERS UNDER ATTACK

Summary: Calls on UCC congregations, with the guidance of Wider Church Ministries and Justice and Witness Ministries, to send delegations to Colombia, to offer support to the Colombian Mennonite Church, to offer sanctuary to targeted Colombians, and to speak out for U.S. policies that reduce the militarization of Colombian society.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, OUR CHURCHES, AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Summary: Calls upon the UCCs Collegium of Officers to convey to the Boy Scouts of America that discrimination against anyone based on sexual orientation is contrary to our understanding of the teachings of Christ; asks the Collegium to ask the BSA to enact a membership policy that bases exclusion on sexual misconduct rather than sexual orientation, and invites all congregations that sponsor Boy Scout troops to prayerfully and thoughtfully consider the implications of such sponsorship.

THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST'S 30 YEARS OF FAITHFUL ACCOMPANIMENT WITH FARMWORKERS

Summary: Offers the gratitude of the UCC, its General Synod, officers, ministers, congregations, and staff to farmworker leaders, past and present, for the opportunity to put its faith into action and to serve with them and other farmworkers in this 30- year struggle to organize for justice; pledges its ongoing commitment to justice for all farmworkers.

U.S. POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Summary: Calls upon the U.S. government to base its Middle East policy "upon principles of human rights and human justice," not on "U.S. economic interests," and to "work fairly and creatively for peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis." Calls upon the churches, among other things, to "engage in activities that promote bridgebuilding" with Middle Easterners.

YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES IN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Summary: Requests that the UCC reaffirm its dedication to the development and support of young adult leadership and opportunities for spiritual growth, including a national young adult event and young adult ministry programs.

DIALOGUE WITH ALLIANCE OF BAPTISTS: A PARTNERSHIP IN MISSION AND MINISTRY

Summary: Calls upon the UCC to establish a Partnership in Mission and Ministry with the Alliance of Baptists; to encourage congregations, clergy and staff to develop and deepen this ecumenical friendship; and to encourage conversation between the Disciples-UCC Common Global Ministries Board to enhance the ministry of all.

By-Law Changes

To allow nominations from the floor of General Synod for officers in the UCCs Collegium of Officers.

To hold General Synod every four years, instead of every two years as it is now.

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