July 2, 2015
There's plenty in store for the United Church of Christ in Baltimore. That's the site of the denomination's next General Synod in 2017.
Can you imagine what our country and our world would be like if we valued interdependence as much as we do independence? Would justice pour down like water, then, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream? Lois Powell believes they would.
July 1, 2015
The disciples spent the night in the boat, recalled the Rev. Sharon E. Watkins, retrieving their lives as fishermen after the crucifixion of Jesus and a resurrection experience they still didn't understand. But all they got was a boatload of frustration: no fish. The normal was not working.
Most of the Baltimore youth and young adults visiting General Synod in Cleveland, June 26-30, seemed content to be among themselves on the final day of the conference Tuesday, arriving in the Plenary Hall early for the afternoon session that would include the official announcement that their city will host General Synod 31 in 2017.
For the time being, the leadership of the United Church of Christ will remain in its current structure.
Two actions taken Tuesday, June 30, by the United Church of Christ General Synod endorsed the need for an outer space environment free of man-made debris while defeating a call encouraging mandatory identification of genetically-engineered foods.
Completing their last business item on Tuesday, June 30, General Synod delegates chose the more ambitious timeline for an audacious task: converting the economy from reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, energy conservation, and energy efficiency.
The Rev. Ivy Beckwith, Faith Formation Ministries team leader in Local Church Ministries, was responsible for recruiting individuals for "the most intimidating job" at General Synod.
June 30, 2015
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ became the latest church to call for divestment and boycott of companies that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
Just over one hundred General Synod delegates and visitors marched the mile from the Convention Center to the Progressive Field headquarters of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, demanding that the owners cease using a race of people as a mascot.