United Church of Christ

General Synod News Update

Resources are available to help UCC members and churches act on recent General Synod resolutions on climate justice: two videos of encouragement from famous scientists, plus ways to take action to support concrete solutions.

The United Church of Christ's General Synod has called for a review of "the processes for birthing, admitting, strengthening, revitalizing, and releasing congregations."

Across the U.S., more than 200 UCC congregations are providing hospitality, accompaniment, and support for the resettlement of newcomers. Here's one example. Through Eden UCC and Ministerio Latino in California, The Good Shepherd UCC in Arizona, and Park Avenue Church, NYC, working together, the light of Christ just got brighter.

The Rev. Amy Butler brought the 32nd General Synod of the United Church of Christ to a rousing close Tuesday night June 25, exhorting worshipers to “lift up your eyes. Don’t look behind you. There’s a new future dawning right ahead of you.”


Twelve UCC members believe that changing the resolution process could make the General Synod more effective in its Christian witness. So they just proposed a resolution  with very specific instructions for creating an action team to work on that.

Privately run state and federal prisons should be abolished in the United States, the United Church of Christ’s General Synod said Tuesday.

To the strains of “Goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City, Here I Come,” United Church of Christ members from the Kansas-Oklahoma and Missouri Mid-South conferences formally invited the denomination to the 33rd General Synod, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., July 16-20, 2021.

The United Church of Christ’s 32nd General Synod wound to a close on Tuesday, June 25, with moments of levity and moments of tears, calls to prayer and calls to the street.

A day after endorsing a Green New Deal, the United Church of Christ's national deliberative body urged local churches and members to take two more earth-care actions: avoid the use of plastic foam products and support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act now before Congress.

Latinx voices will continue to be heard at General Synod as an official Historically Underrepresented Group of the United Church of Christ, as delegates overwhelmingly affirmed the recently formed Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries to take the place of the UCC Council for Hispanic Ministries (CHM).

The United Church of Christ Monday presented the 2019 Antoinette Brown Awards to three women who have been trailblazers in the Church, and one organization that has nurtured hundreds, particularly women, on their path to becoming prophetic witnesses.

Delegates enthusiastically welcomed the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network (UCC MHN) as an official Historically Underrepresented Group in a June 25 vote at the denomination’s General Synod. The measure, originally submitted by UCC Disabilities Ministries (UCCDM), grants the group representation at future Synods, bringing their voices to the table.

When a young person in the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ declined an invitation to be a delegate to General Synod, saying the language of the denomination’s bylaws was too exclusionary, Conference officials knew they had work to do.

The national deliberative body of the United Church of Christ voted June 25 to condemn acts of violence and bigotry against people of other religions – both in today’s world and in its own history – and encourage church members to live “inter-religiously.”

The United Church of Christ’s national deliberative body reaffirmed its commitment to global peace by overwhelmingly passing a resolution urging the United States to change its nuclear arms policies and to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

North America’s oldest press celebrated its relaunch at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod and shared publishing wisdom with UCC writers hoping to launch their careers.

In a Christian denomination that declares all are welcome – does that include welcoming those whose theology is not inclusive?

A few dozen pastors walked into a bar, gathering in the upper room of a downtown Milwaukee pub.

More than 1,500 of the United Church of Christ's 5,000 congregations do not have websites. Those that have one may not be attracting as much traffic as they could. Now the UCC’s national ministries are offering help.


A family reunion is celebrated at the UCC General Synod in Milwaukee -- the daughter comes to the Wisconsin Center as a delegate, her father as a Synod Newsroom volunteer.

Monday evening worshippers embrace the immigrant experience at the UCC General Synod in Milwaukeee.


After listening to several hours of spoken words during Monday’s plenary sessions, Poet Jack Evans used poetry  to share his perspective on the moments he had witnessed during General Synod 32.

A United Church of Christ task force studying the financial concerns of persons seeking to become ministers will expanding its focus to include the mounting debt crisis faced by most active clergy members.

Delegates of General Synod voted to approve a resolution denouncing acts of violence in the name of hate groups on Monday, June 24.

The UCC General Synod overwhelmingly approved a resolution titled "Addressing the State of Global Forced Migration." The resolution calls on all settings of the church to "to pray, learn, and actively engage in education about the current state of global forced migration."

The United Church of Christ formally expressed its appreciation on Monday to Don Hart, who is retiring at the end of the month after 28 years of service as the president of United Church Funds (UCF).  

The United Church of Christ bade an emotional farewell to the Rev. Jim Moos Monday, celebrating his eight-year ministry as one of the denomination’s national officers.

More than 500 delegates and visitors to the United Church of Christ General Synod took to the streets of Milwaukee Monday, joining more than 100 local activists in a rally calling for a change in policies that separate immigrant families.

The United Church of Christ General Synod, meeting this week in Milwaukee, voted overwhelmingly to establish a Break the Silence Sunday observance across the denomination to support victims of sexual violence.

Two U.S. denominations are urging their members and congregations to learn about Southern Asia, pray for its people, connect with churches there on joint projects, and even engage in "people to people pilgrimages."

The national deliberative body of the United Church of Christ on June 24 became the first U.S. Christian body to endorse the Green New Deal, a congressional proposal that lays out a plan for tackling climate change.

General Synod delegates overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Monday, June 24, that calls on local congregations to engage in conversations, within and among themselves, about "the significance of Jesus' call, 'Follow me' in this era," and the ways churches are responding to that call.  

Betty Rendón was serving as a student pastor at Emaus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, Wis., when her life—and her family's—was turned upside down when her daughter Paula Hincapie Rendón was stopped by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in an apparently random action. Betty was deported as a result.

Delegates to the United Church of Christ's national meeting on Monday, June 24, overwhelmingly approved a request by its three conferences in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to dissolve and join together to form a new conference.

United Church of Christ congregations and organizations are living out God's love in meaningful ways, as evident at General Synod in shared visible snapshots of their ministries inspired by the 3 Great Loves (3GL) initiative. During plenary Monday morning, the Rev. Dave Sigmund, the UCC 3GL Ambassador, announced that all-church mission initiative will continue through General Synod 2021.

The United Church of Christ reelected its General Minister and President and elected a new Associate General Minister on Monday, June 24, at its General Synod in Milwaukee.

In the wake of new state legislation and Trump administration policies restricting the reproductive rights of women, a group of clergy and lay people attending the United Church of Christ’s General Synod traveled to a Milwaukee Planned Parenthood clinic after worship on Sunday to join its staff in a service of blessing and solidarity. 

UCC Synodgoers in Milwaukee mark the halfway point of the gathering with food, drink and dance at Sunday’s Shine! Festival. 

During Sunday community worship the Rev. Traci Blackmon called for courage. “The call of Jesus, the call to discipleship, is to something much more dangerous than that, something much more risky than that, something much more challenging than that, something much more transformative than that,”she said. “The call to discipleship is a call to be changed."

Alex Awad, Palestinian American, is sharing his experience as a refugee, speaking to delegates and visitors at General Synod about global forced migration and the resolution of witness under consideration that calls upon members of the United Church of Christ to advocate for the rights and dignity of displaced people.

For his entire life, United Church of Christ member Larry Littlegeorge has felt called to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and its effects on Native peoples. For his family, it's personal.

United Church of Christ clergy, delegates and visitors to the General Synod will be putting their faith in action on the streets of Milwaukee Monday afternoon, with a procession and rally outside the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office.

The power of the wind brought Harold and Marcia Beer on a “fast” slow trip to the United Church of Christ General Synod by sailboat.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is honored at the UCC General Synod with the Movement Makers Award. 

The United Church of Christ Saturday became the latest faith community to address the country’s growing opioid crisis.

Saying violence in America has risen to “crisis levels,” delegates of the United Church of Christ General Synod are calling on Congress to hold hearings to uncover causes and receive suggestions for actions to reduce incidents of violence.

At a General Synod whose theme is Shine, the choir of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, helped shine a light on the needs of children during a sold out fundraiser.

With thirty workshops offered on Saturday afternoon, Synod attendees faced the daunting task of selecting from a wide range of options.

Participants in a national United Church of Christ meeting fanned out across Milwaukee on a sunny Saturday afternoon to give back to the city through service projects underscoring the denomination's "3 Great Loves." The projects addressed a wide range of concerns, from homelessness to the environment, from teens in crisis to digital access for low-income people.

Delegates of the UCC General Synod approve a resolution which calls upon the denomination to advocate for the immediate end of the government practice which separates immigrant minor children from their parents.