June 29, 2015
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.
The General Synod of the United Church of Christ has passed a resolution calling for diverse approaches for leveraging the church's assets to further its social justice witness, and highlighting alternatives to divestment that still achieve the goal of socially-responsible investing.
"Church is not a particularly fashionable place these days," said the Rev. Paul Raushenbush. General Synod 30"s theme, "Unexpected Places," implies that a building with a steeple is an odd place to find the love of God.
[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The House of Deputies on June 29 re-elected Byron Rushing for a second term as vice president. He was unopposed.
Deputy Sarah Neumann of Massachusetts nominated Rushing. President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings suspended the rules of order and called for the election to take place immediately; Rushing was re-elected by an overwhelming voice vote, cheers, applause and a sustained standing ovation....
After passionate debate, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ passed a resolution calling on the Washington franchise and the National Football League to change the football team's racially-offensive name and imagery.
"Nobody wants to hold this meeting less often, and yet we can no longer afford it the way it is currently constructed."
Believing that "God is Still Creating" and is calling us to co-create meaningful faith and practices, the Ohio Conference rolled out "The Innovation Lab," trying it first with the youth and young adults at General Synod 2015.
The United Church of Christ collectively and publicly lamented the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by unanimously passing at the 2015 General Synod in Cleveland a resolution titled "Commemorating 100 Years Since the Armenian Genocide."
Editor’s note: This story has been updated. If the amendment to the marriage canon is approved on first reading, it will be sent to provincial synods for information, not approval.
[The Anglican Journal] Archbishop Fred Hiltz said he is aware that there is anxiety among Anglicans about how the 2016 General Synod will deal with a motion amending the marriage canon (church law) to allow the marriage of same-sex couples.
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “There are times when the weight of our historic experience seems like it is unbearable,” Archbishop Vicken Aykazian of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in America said in his June 29 sermon to the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. “And yet, it is precisely at such moments that Christ can become most powerfully present to us.”
Presiding at the Eucharist was Bishop Mike Klusmeyer...