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 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.