GENERAL SYNOD 2015

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General Synod 2015

June 26-30, 2015 | Cleveland, Ohio

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About General Synod 2015

Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old).

In June 2015, thousands from across the country (and abroad) will gather for General Synod 30 in Cleveland, Ohio — the birthplace of the United Church of Christ. Together, we will discern resolutions of witness, church structure, and function. We will stand up for issues that demand a faithful witness. And we will join together in worship each day to lift up the Stillspeaking God.

At General Synod 30, we will explore some of the "Unexpected Places" where we hear God’s voice, encounter the Spirit, and find the United Church of Christ lifting up its witness in the world.

Event Materials for General Synod 2015

General Synod Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)
Synod Advertising Opportunities (pdf)
General Synod Poster (pdf)
Ohio Conference Volunteer Opportunities at General Synod
Past General Synod Resolutions
Optional Meals
General Synod Standing Rules (pdf)

Resolutions Submitted for Consideration by the Thirtieth General Synod

The following resolutions have been received by the Office of the General Minister and President prior to the deadline established by the Standing Rules of the Thirtieth General Synod. Receipt and release of these resolutions for pre-Synod consideration by delegates and other interested parties should not be considered an indication any or all of them will come before the General Synod. These resolutions are now being researched by the Board of Director’s Committee on Disposition and its staff, before consideration by the full Board of Directors in March. Any resolution must meet all of the requirements of the Standing Rules (see Standing Rule 12). The Board of Directors will decide in March whether these resolutions meet those requirements and make a determination as to their disposition.

Please note that resolutions 4 and 15 have the same title and are virtually identical in wording but are just enough different that the Committee on Disposition will need to consider them separately.

Lee Foley
Administrator-The Thirtieth General Synod
January 30, 2015

#1 COMMEMORATING 100 YEARS SINCE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE (pdf)
#2 DISMANTLING DISCRIMINATORY SYSTEMS OF MASS INCARCERATION (pdf)
#3 RESOLUTION TO CHANGE THE RACIALLY DEMEANING NAME, MASCOT, AND IMAGERY OF THE WASHINGTON NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE TEAMS (pdf)
#4 A CALL FOR THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST TO TAKE ACTIONS TOWARD A JUST PEACE IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT (pdf)
#5 TRANSITION FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO RENEWABLE ENERGY (pdf)
#6 A CALL FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND REUNIFICATION (pdf)
#7 DISMANTLING THE NEW JIM CROW (pdf)
#8 RESOLUTION ON FULL COMMUNION RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST AND UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA (pdf)
#9 DEVELOPING WELCOMING INCLUSIVE SUPPORTIVE AND ENGAGED CONGREGATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH (pdf)
#10 RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION REQUIRING LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS ON FOOD PACKAGING (pdf)
#11 RESOLUTION MARKING THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JUST PEACE PRONOUNCEMENT BY RECOMMITTING OURSELVES TO BE A JUST PEACE CHURCH (pdf)
#12 CALLING ON THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST TO RECOGNIZE THE ACTIONS OF ISRAEL AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS AS APARTHEID (pdf)
#13 RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF THE OUTER SPACE ENVIRONMENT (pdf)
#14 CALLING THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST TO ADVOCATE FOR THE ETHICAL AND COMPASSIONATE TREATMENT OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT CHILDREN (pdf)
#15 A CALL FOR THE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST TO TAKE ACTIONS TOWARD A JUST PEACE IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT (pdf)
#16 RESOLUTION URGING SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT PRACTICES UCF & PB (pdf)

General Synod Program & Agenda

Please note that the General Synod agenda is fluid and will change often as we work to make the best use of time to accommodate an ambitious list of business and other Synod items. We suggest you check the agenda often to be aware of the most recent updates.

For a printable pdf of the agenda click here.

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Exhibitor Move-In

11:30 am

Youth Registration Opens

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

General Registration Opens

8:00 am - 11:30 am

Exhibitor Move-In

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

General Registration

12:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Opens

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Educational Intensives

2:30 pm

1st Plenary

Delegate Electronic Voting Tutorial. Report of the Nominating Committee. Report of the UCC Board. Introduction of New Business.

5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Optional Dinner Events

Optional Dining Events Information

7:15 pm

Plenary Welcome Music

7:30 pm

2nd Plenary

Introduction of Ecumenical Guests. Introduction of Honored Guests. Opening Worship.

7:30 am - 7:30 pm

General Registration

8:15 am

Prayer Service

8:45 am

3rd Plenary

Keynote Speaker: Connie Schultz

11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Optional Luncheon Events

Optional Dining Events Information

12:00 noon

Gay Pride Parade Kicks Off

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Workshops

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Workshops

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Optional Dinner Events

Optional Dining Events Information

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

General Synod Gala

7:30 pm - 10:00pm

General Synod Dance

8:00 am - 11:30 am

Committees in Session

12:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Optional Luncheon Events

Optional Dining Events Information

3:00 pm

Community Worship

5:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Optional Dinner Events

Optional Dining Events Information

7:30 pm

Hearings

Budget, Nominating Committee, Constitution and Bylaws, Relationship with Canada, Fossil Fuel Implementation

8:00 am

4th Plenary

Committee Reports, Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Optional Luncheon Events

Optional Dining Events Information

2:30 pm

5th Plenary

Committee Reports

7:00 pm

6th Plenary

Committee Reports, Worship

8:30 am

7th Plenary

Committee Reports, Keynote Speaker: Paul Raushenbush

12:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Closes and Teardown

2:00 pm

Committee Reports

Local Arrangements’ Recognition, Invitation to the Thirty-first General Synod, Installation of Moderators

7:30 pm

Closing Worship

Speakers, Preachers & Workshops

General Synod 2015 Preachers

Rev. Molly Baskette
Rev. Molly Baskette
PASTOR
Rev. Molly Baskette is the Lead Pastor at First Church UCC in Somerville, MA. A lifelong UCC’er, she spent a year after graduation from Yale Divinity School in service to the Casa San Jose Orphanage in Colima, Mexico, where she found a second home, a relationship that continues to this day.
Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb
PASTOR
Dr. Mitri Raheb is the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem and the founder of a consortium that operates a university on the West Bank, as well as the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan. Dr. Raheb, a contextual theologian, is the author of 16 books and numerous articles.
Bishop Dwayne Royster
Bishop Dwayne Royster
PASTOR
Bishop Dwayne Royster is the founding pastor of Living Water United Church of Christ located in the North Philadelphia section of Philadelphia. He is also the Executive Director of POWER: Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild. Bishop Royster serves on the United Church of Christ Board of Directors.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
General Minister and President
>Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins serves as General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. She is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches based in Geneva and serves on the National Council of Churches’ governing board.


General Synod 2015 Keynote Speakers

Bishop Dwayne Royster
Winona LaDuke
Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth
Winona LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post
Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post. An ordained American Baptist minister, he speaks and preaches at colleges, churches and institutes around the country including The Chautauqua Institute, the Center for American Progress, the New America Foundation and the Aspen Institute. His current focus is on the interplay between religion and the internet.
Connie Schultzs
Connie Schultz
Syndicated Columnist
Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist and a regular essayist for Parade Magazine. She is also a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico and ESPN Magazine. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for columns that judges praised for providing "a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged." Schultz is the author of two books, "Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths," a collection of essays, and "…and His Lovely Wife," a memoir about her husband Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 race for the U.S. Senate.

General Synod 2015 Workshops

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General Synod 2015 News

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Exhibitor Registration Fees
Exhibitor (Primarily Selling) $100.00
Exhibitor (Primarily Informational Sharing and Resources) $247.50
General Synod Sponsorship Opportunities
Synod Advertising Opportunities

*Additional fees apply for booth space within the exhibit hall.

Cleveland, Ohio

Housing Information

Housing for General Synod 2015 is OPEN! Click here to book your room. The United Church of Christ has contracted discounted room rates with the following hotels:

1. Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center ($159)
  127 Public Square • Cleveland, OH 44114

2. Doubletree by Hilton ($137)
  1111 Lakeside Avenue East • Cleveland, OH 44114

3. Hampton Inn Cleveland-Downtown ($132 - $142, includes breakfast)
  1460 East 9th Street • Cleveland, OH 44114

4. Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade ($159)
  420 Superior Avenue • Cleveland, OH 44114

5. Renaissance Cleveland Hotel ($159)
  24 Public Square • Cleveland, OH 44113

6. The Westin Cleveland Downtown ($159)
  777 St. Clair Avenue, NE • Cleveland, OH 44114

These rates will ONLY be available through the online housing bureau. Hotels are unable to accept reservations at the UCC's contracted discounted rate through direct phone calls. Please note: All hotels are within 0.4 miles of the Cleveland Convention Center.

Area Highlights and Links

Positively Cleveland
Downtown Cleveland Alliance
Things to do in Cleveland

Synod Hotels in Cleveland