The United Church of Christ’s 32nd General Synod wound to a close on Tuesday, June 25, with moments of levity and moments of tears, calls to prayer and calls to the street.
A day after endorsing a Green New Deal, the United Church of Christ's national deliberative body urged local churches and members to take two more earth-care actions: avoid the use of plastic foam products and support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act now before Congress.
Latinx voices will continue to be heard at General Synod as an official Historically Underrepresented Group of the United Church of Christ, as delegates overwhelmingly affirmed the recently formed Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries to take the place of the UCC Council for Hispanic Ministries (CHM).
The United Church of Christ Monday presented the 2019 Antoinette Brown Awards to three women who have been trailblazers in the Church, and one organization that has nurtured hundreds, particularly women, on their path to becoming prophetic witnesses.
Delegates enthusiastically welcomed the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network (UCC MHN) as an official Historically Underrepresented Group in a June 25 vote at the denomination’s General Synod. The measure, originally submitted by UCC Disabilities Ministries (UCCDM), grants the group representation at future Synods, bringing their voices to the table.
When a young person in the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ declined an invitation to be a delegate to General Synod, saying the language of the denomination’s bylaws was too exclusionary, Conference officials knew they had work to do.
The national deliberative body of the United Church of Christ voted June 25 to condemn acts of violence and bigotry against people of other religions – both in today’s world and in its own history – and encourage church members to live “inter-religiously.”
The United Church of Christ’s national deliberative body reaffirmed its commitment to global peace by overwhelmingly passing a resolution urging the United States to change its nuclear arms policies and to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
North America’s oldest press celebrated its relaunch at the United Church of Christ’s General Synod and shared publishing wisdom with UCC writers hoping to launch their careers.
In a Christian denomination that declares all are welcome – does that include welcoming those whose theology is not inclusive?