Synod Blog

June 24 - 30, 2015 - Our Diaconate Chair, Jamie Rude, and Senior Pastor, Rev. Adam, are in Cleveland, OH this week for UCC General Synod 30.

Click on any link below to follow their journeys in words and pictures.

Third Plenary and Workshops

June 27, 2015 – This morning at the Third Plenary we celebrated over 70 new Congregations into the UCC. Three women pastors were honored with this year's Antoinette Brown Awards . We heard a moving keynote by Ms. Connie Schultz followed by an enthusiastic celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Open and Affirming. [ more ]

Synod 30 Opens

June 26, 2015 (Jamie) – Synod 30 and the First Plenary kicked off just after 2:00 PM with lots of "welcomes" and some procedural stuff like introduction and reports of Church Officers and the all-important "how to use the electronic voting devices."  Our new UCC General Minister and President, Rev. Dr. John C Dorhauer, gave an awesome presentation and... [ more ]

An Historic Day

June 26, 2015 (Jamie) – As I checked into my Synod hotel this morning, I turned on CNN in my room just as the Supreme Court ruling on Marriage Equality was being read. At Gathering, we were "prayerfully anticipating" this decision, but now ... [ more ]

A Full and Moving Day

June 25, 2015 (Jamie) – After a really good (and full) night's sleep, my day started with a buffet breakfast followed by Morning Worship. The Gathering had four workshop sessions today... [ more ]

The Journey Begins ... Um, Almost!

June 24, 2015 (Jamie) - Well, my trip to the UCC Open and Affirming (ONA) Coalition Gathering and the 30th General UCC Synod got off to an "adventurous" start! Due to extreme weather, my flight to Cleveland was delayed over two hours last night, leaving me to spend the early morning hours at Charlotte Airport ... [ more ]

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