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Medical aid in dying fails to win approval of Synod delegates by just a few votes

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:45pm

The "Resolution of Witness in Support of Legislation Authorizing Medical Aid in Dying" narrowly failed to achieve the required support of two-thirds of the 737 delegates, and was not adopted by General Synod 2017.

Synod youth discuss race and equality issues

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 11:48am

The Rev. Marvin Silver describes two worlds in the United States, worlds divided by issues of race and inequality.

Resolutions on pattern of giving, financial support of AMA churches approved

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:36am

Delegates to the United Church of Christ's General Synod 2017 made quick work of a pair of resolutions on Sunday evening.

Cuban embargo causes suffering, General Synod resolves to open doors

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:20am

A resolution that began with UCC delegations to Cuba and exchanges in the Southern Conference produced a strong Synod resolution to end the United States embargo that blocks normal cultural, educational and scientific exchange between nations that are neighbors. 

Synod votes to support Palestinian children in Israeli military detention

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:19am

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ is calling for an end to what is being described as "traumatic" practices by Israeli military against Palestinian children.

Young children play games, learn about life in the General Synod Children’s Program

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:17am

What does a spirited game of musical chairs have to do with the recent peace agreement in the 50-year conflict in Colombia? 

United Church of Christ emphatically affirmed an Immigrant Welcoming Church

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 9:53am

Underscoring the love of neighbor, with several speakers proclaiming that no human is illegal, delegates to General Synod 2017 overwhelmingly declared itself an Immigrant Welcoming Denomination and called on all settings of the United Church of Christ to do the same.

Traci Blackmon elected overwhelmingly to lead UCC's justice ministry

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 9:54pm

The "acting" tag is off. And in overwhelming fashion.

A learning experience on the streets of Baltimore

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 9:29pm

Every day as Helen Bodell goes to and from work as a chaplain at a Providence, R.I., hospital, she comes in contact with homeless people. She's never sure how to act or what to say.

Art teaches youth about expressions of faith

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 9:29pm

During a Sunday morning visit to Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum, youth attending General Synod were introduced to a variety of works created by artists with no formal training.

Synod community worship embraces ‘this is who we are’

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 6:03pm

A patchwork quilt of the human condition took shape on the back wall of the Baltimore Convention Center Sunday afternoon as seven speakers joined the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the UCC, to celebrate community worship at General Synod 2017.

Cuba clergy share stories, bring hope of better relations with their U.S. neighbors

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 4:36pm

The Revs. Elmer and Gisela Lavistida of Santiago, Cuba have been in the United States for 10 days, talking to the people of the United Church of Christ about fostering a stronger relationship between our two countries.

Synod volunteers: Holding it together with a greeting and a smile

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 4:33pm

Attired in pink shirts adorned with the swirling wave and the theme words, "Make Glad!", the Central Atlantic Conference's 370 volunteers have greeted arriving General Synod 2017's visitors, directed them around the sprawling Baltimore Convention Center, supported working committees, and even struggled to offer an alternative to the Synod tradition of endless cookies. 

Racism as a factor in health care disparities: We need to move people ‘away from the cliff’

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 1:29pm

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones connected racism and the disparities in access to health care before a full house at the Valerie Russell lecture Saturday afternoon.

A conversation with Glennon Doyle

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 12:03pm

"People don't want shiny any more," bestselling author Glennon Doyle told General Synod 2017 in Baltimore Saturday morning. "They don't need perfect; they don't even need good. They just want real."

William Barber: ‘We must claim the deep moral language of faith’

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 11:47am

A new wind — a gale, a typhoon, a wail — roared into the Baltimore Convention Center Saturday night in the form of the Rev. William J. Barber, who called for a latter-day Pentecost to shape the demand for a moral imperative in America today.

UCC Honors Standing Rock Youth Water Protectors

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 11:38am

The United Church of Christ presented the inaugural Movement Makers Award to the youth of the Standing Rock Water Protectors on Saturday, July 1, to a standing ovation from the entire house. 

Late Conference Leader Honored at General Synod

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:04pm

Rev. Carolyn Roberts, wife of the late Rev. John Deckenback, looked over the large hall at the Baltimore Convention Center and announced the words she believed her late husband would have said to the delegates and visitors to the 31st General Synod of the United Church of Christ.

Dorhauer outlines new framework for pursuing love and justice as a unified church

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 4:03pm

Calling the United Church of Christ "one of the best kept secrets out there" and praising the work of local churches living into the call to build a just world for all, the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president, outlined the denomination's shared purpose, mission and vision statements for General Synod delegates on Saturday morning, and previewed a common missional initiative called the "Three Great Loves."

Blackmon to General Synod: Call to justice 'belongs to us all'

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 3:55pm

The call to act justly is a call for all.