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.
A former church pastor in the United Church of Christ has accepted the call to advance the causes of freedom and equality for LGBTQ people, as Naomi Leapheart was appointed as the faith work director for the National LGBTQ Task Force.
An affinity with Cuba and the Cuban people is growing in the UCC, evidenced by interest in the Cuba Study Seminar, a possible General Synod resolution and an upcoming initiative focusing on the Caribbean.
A pair of North American Christian denominations, the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada, are calling on baseball fans to support the cause of justice and reconciliation for Native peoples — and push the Cleveland baseball team to finally change its name and logo.
If the mainstream media is to live up to its role in working for social justice, then it has an obligation to report the historical context that is relevant to the narrative of the stories — especially the narratives of racial justice — the journalists are covering.
Every time I see the wall on our southern border, it shames me.
As North Carolinians face the destruction of Hurricane Matthew — which killed 19 people in its wake — waters continue to rise, hindering the relief efforts in some of the poorest parts of the state. Both the United Church of Christ and its communion partner, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are ready to step in as they actively coordinate their responses after the storm swept along the Atlantic Coast in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas on Friday and Saturday.