NewsMaking all things new: Virtual General Synod June 30 to July 4 Worship, pray, learn

Opening worship Is June 30 at 2:30 PM, Community worship is July 2 at 2:30 PM, Closing worship is July 4 at 7:30 PMParticipate in worship with the whole UCC

Worship surrounds the work of the General Synod of the United Church of Christ.  Our denomination, rich in diverse heritages, brings together worship styles that help us come to God as one.   Leading worship will be Rt. Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Jamar Doyle, and Rev. JJ Flag.

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Pray for Pastor Lacey and Jim Oxenford

Pastor Lacey and Jim will be attending General Synod.  Please pray for them as they meet with UCC people from around the world.  A special treat for Pastor Lacey will be the opportunity to spend time with her Next Generation Leadership Initiative colleagues in ministry. When they return, ask them about their experiences.

Watch the business sessions via livestream

Observe via the livestream of the 8 plenary business sessions.

Find the plenary schedule here.

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Watch the keynote address

The keynote address is by Rev. Nadia Boltz-Weber, well worth a listen from my experiences hearing her at Wild Goose Festival and watching online sermons. (Jane)  Listen to her during Plenary #3 on Saturday, July 1, at 8:45 AM EDT.

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Proposed Resolutions

The proposed resolutions of General Synod 34Among other UCC business, the 677 delegates will be voting on an extensive list of resolutions.   Read the proposed resolutions at the links below.

Denouncing the Dobbs Decision and Proclaiming Abortion as Healthcare
A Resolution Calling for a New Study by our Church on our Relationship with the Indian Boarding Schools and the Boarding Schools in Hawai’i
Closing the Digital Divide: Calling on the United Church of Christ to Seek Digital Justice and Inclusion
A Resolution Urging Planning for and Implementing Electrification
Faithful Advocacy for Intersectional and Transformational Healing in Harm Reduction
Affirming Guns to Gardens and Other Gun Violence Prevention Ministries
A Resolution to Urge All Responsible Entities to Join in Reparations to Fund Christian Hawaiian Language Education Programs to Undo a Century of Extinction. Americanization and Indoctrination Policies Extinguished the Original Christian Hawaiian Alphabet
Encouraging a Plant-based Life
Free from Plastic Pollution (Two resolutions: Florida Conference and New Hampshire Conference)
A Resolution Supporting Public School Educators, Academic Freedom, and Equity Efforts in Schools
A Resolution to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans
A Resolution Condemning Prolonged Solitary Confinement as a Form of Torture
Actively Affirming the Human Dignity of Transgender and Nonbinary Persons
A Resolution Calling on United Church of Christ Local Churches to Witness “A White Supremacy Free Zone” & Confronting White Supremacy


Find more information about General Synod here.

Submitted by Jane Smith, co-chair, CUCC’s Communications Committee.