A generation ago, "crowdfunding" in the church required an actual crowd, an assembly of people, passing a basket or gold plate among them.
But the election of the Rev. John C. Dorhauer as the United Church of Christ’s ninth general minister and president was not without voices of dissent.
Amid tears of joy, with family and friends close by, the Rev. Rod Mundy and his spouse, Darryl Haase, were married Monday, June 29, in the atrium of Cleveland's Global Center for Health Innovation during the United Church of Christ's 2015 General Synod.
In an effort to energize UCC congregations to support mentally ill people in their midst, the 2015 General Synod overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Monday, June 29 to develop a network of churches that are welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged (WISE) for mental health.
Delegates to the 2015 General Synod in Cleveland on Monday morning unanimously approved an amendment to recognize a full communion between the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada. The union fulfills the promise the churches made to one another in 2013.
“It is within our power — in this unexpected place at this unexpected time — to change the damn world,” the Rev. Dwayne D. Royster charged the capacity crowd at the General Synod Sunday community worship service at the Cleveland Convention Center.
The Rev. John C. Dorhauer grabbed the issue that has clouded his nomination as the next general minister and president of the United Church of Christ — that he is yet another straight white male — and wrestled it to the floor in his nomination speech Friday afternoon at the first business session of General Synod 2015 at the Cleveland Convention Center.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ plans to celebrate marriage equality like never before-because now it can.
For the second time since its inception, there will be no Balaam's Courier to serve as an alternative voice for General Synod goers. Due to the deaths of Balaam's founder the Rev. Ted Braun on Feb. 23 and his wife, Donna, on March 4, Balaam's is on indefinite hiatus, and most likely will not return.
In what United Church of Christ environmental activists are lauding "a milestone moment," Pope Francis stressed an urgency for protecting Planet Earth in his encyclical on climate change, titled Laudato Si or "Praised Be: On the Care of the Common Home." On June 28, the Rev. Meighan Pritchard, the UCC's minister for environmental justice, invites UCC congregations everywhere to ring their bells at noon local time to show their support for Laudato Si and its call to environmental action.