As she listened to an update Sunday on a resolution passed four years ago urging all settings of the church to divest from fossil fuel companies, Laura Keating texted her pastor, asking if their church had divested.
The "Resolution of Witness in Support of Legislation Authorizing Medical Aid in Dying" narrowly failed to achieve the required support of two-thirds of the 737 delegates, and was not adopted by General Synod 2017.
The Rev. Marvin Silver describes two worlds in the United States, worlds divided by issues of race and inequality.
Delegates to the United Church of Christ's General Synod 2017 made quick work of a pair of resolutions on Sunday evening.
A resolution that began with UCC delegations to Cuba and exchanges in the Southern Conference produced a strong Synod resolution to end the United States embargo that blocks normal cultural, educational and scientific exchange between nations that are neighbors.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ is calling for an end to what is being described as "traumatic" practices by Israeli military against Palestinian children.
What does a spirited game of musical chairs have to do with the recent peace agreement in the 50-year conflict in Colombia?
Underscoring the love of neighbor, with several speakers proclaiming that no human is illegal, delegates to General Synod 2017 overwhelmingly declared itself an Immigrant Welcoming Denomination and called on all settings of the United Church of Christ to do the same.
The "acting" tag is off. And in overwhelming fashion.
Every day as Helen Bodell goes to and from work as a chaplain at a Providence, R.I., hospital, she comes in contact with homeless people. She's never sure how to act or what to say.