Amidst the flurry of news reports about political candidates, hurricanes, and baseball play-offs, you may have missed one important item about Walmart.
In response to a growing need for United Church of Christ churches to become accessible to all people with disabilities, the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board of Directors has just released a revised resource that can help. An updated edition of "Any Body, Every Body, Christ's Body: A Guide for Congregations, Association, and Conferences for Becoming Accessible to All," available in time for Disabilities Awareness Month in October, provides information to guide congregations as they answer the call to become "A2A."
Organizers of the 31st General Synod are seeking the best ideas for effective ministry that are worth sharing with the wider church next summer. The General Synod Program and Planning committee is putting out the call for workshops, looking to select the best of the bunch to educate, inform and inspire delegates and visitors to the United Church of Christ's biennial event in 2017.
During a season of divisive campaign rhetoric, members of a UCC congregation in Oregon devoted a few days to just listening.
As part of a continuing commitment to review and discuss alterations to the Constitution and Bylaws of the United Church of Christ before General Synod 2017, the UCC Board of directors supports drafting proposed amendments that would more clearly define the lines of responsibility, accountability and authority within the national leadership of the denomination.
For the third consecutive year, the national setting of the United Church of Christ will operate on a balanced budget in 2017 and continue to uphold a commitment to fiscal responsibility, firmly moving past years of overspending beyond its means.
Ten months remain until the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Baltimore, and organizers are diligently ramping up preparations for the event. A worship team of four preachers has been selected and two theological reflectors have been invited to take the plenary stage to provide the spiritual components for the five-day gathering from June 30 to July 4.
One of the favorite ways to reconnect with old friends and make new ones during each General Synod has been through the optional dining events. To continue that favored pastime, General Synod administrators are inviting those interested settings of the church to host a meal during the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ next summer in Baltimore.
The United Church of Christ will get a taste of cheese, brats and beers during the 32nd General Synod in 2019. The Wisconsin Conference UCC was enthusiastic in its invitation to Milwaukee, offering to host the denomination's biennial gathering, which the UCC Board of Directors unanimously accepted Thursday, Oct. 20, as part of business during the fall meeting.
I admit that over the past few months, I have swung drastically between hysteria and malaise in response to this year's election.