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.
General Synod Program Book [NEW] (pdf)
Information for Delegates and Visitors (doc)
Childcare and Children's Programming Information
Optional Dining Events
Parking Map for Downtown Cleveland
General Synod Videos
General Synod Logos
General Synod Poster (pdf)
Reports to the Thirtieth General Synod
The Second Report of the General Synod Nominating Committee
The First Report of the General Synod Nominating Committee
Candidates For Election to the General Synod Nominating Committee
Resolutions Submitted for Consideration by the Thirtieth General Synod
A Resolution Submitted Under the Could Not Have Been Anticipated Clause of the Standing Rules
Past General Synod Resolutions
General Synod Standing Rules (pdf)
UCC Constitution and Bylaws
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws
Notice of Amendments (pdf)
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution (pdf)
Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws (pdf)
Letter to Delegates (pdf)
Constitution & Bylaws – Review Process (pdf)
FAQ Sheet regarding the Amendments (pdf)
Collegium Board Reports - Excerpts (pdf)
The Nomination of Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer for General Minister and President
Report of the General Minister and President Search Committee (pdf)
Notice to the Board of Directors of Feb. 13, 2015 (pdf)
An Open Letter from the Board of Directors (pdf)
The Nomination of Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer - A Formal Motion (pdf)
Nomination of Rev. Dr. James Moos as Executive Minister of Wider Church Ministries
The Re-Nomination of Rev. Dr. James Moos - A Formal Motion. (pdf)
General Synod Opportunities
General Synod Festival Choir Invitation
General Synod Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)
Synod Advertising Opportunities (pdf)
Ohio Conference Volunteer Opportunities at General Synod
General Synod Speak Outs (pdf)
All are welcome to this pre-General Synod worship service in The Amistad Chapel at the C Sponsored by the Urban Ministries Network of the United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ, and Local Church Ministries. Join the Collegium of Officers, The Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries, The Open and Affirming Coalition UCC and the ONA Choir for a powerful time of testimony, communion, and anointing.
Justice and Witness Ministries and the Western Reserve/Eastern Ohio Associations will be holding a prayer service in honor and memory of Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by a Cleveland Police Officer on November 22, 2014 outside a local youth recreation center. Tamir died the following day. In midst of an exciting renaissance of downtown revitalization and economic development, the last few months have been challenging ones the hometown of our national headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is one among many cities in this nation who have been truck by tragic situations involving police shootings of unarmed persons, among them was 12-year old Tamir Rice. All are welcome to join us in this service of lamentation. Street maps will be available for those who wish to walk to City Hall or the Justice Center as a nonviolent public witness.
Delegate Electronic Voting Tutorial. Report of the Nominating Committee. Report of the UCC Board. Introduction of New Business.
Rev. Molly Baskette preaching.
Introduction of Ecumenical Guests. Introduction of Honored Guests.
Keynote Speaker: Connie Schultz
Musical Reflections on Henri Matisse's Jazz Series (Amistad Chapel)
Bishop Dwayne Royster preaching.
Budget, Nominating Committee, Constitution and Bylaws, Relationship with Canada, Fossil Fuel Implementation
Committee Reports, Keynote Speaker: Paul Raushenbush
Committees. Evening Prayer with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb.
Committee Reports, Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke
Justice and Witness Ministries and the UCC Council for American Indian Ministries and the Cleveland Committee of 500 Years will be delivering signed petitions calling upon the Cleveland Baseball Team to change both its team mascot, Chief Wahoo and the team name, Indians. We will circulating this petition to our members and the local surrounding communities leading up and at General Synod. We will walk to the baseball offices from the Convention Center (about a 15 minute walk). Please note that there is not a home game scheduled during the time of General Synod.
Committee Reports, Local Arrangements’ Recognition, Invitation to the Thirty-first General Synod, Installation of Moderators
Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins preaching.
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:
Cleveland Convention Center
1 St. Clair Avenue NE • Cleveland, OH 44114
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
7. Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway
651 Huron Road • Cleveland, OH 44115
8. UCC Church House
700 Prospect Avenue • Cleveland, OH 44115
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.
Eastern Ohio Association
Western Reserve Association
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at KeyCenter
Bath Church - United Church of Christ, Bath, OH
Federated Church United Church of Christ, Chagrin Falls, OH
The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ, Oberlin, OH
Trinity United Church of Christ, Wooster, OH
United Church Homes
Weston Patrick, P.A.
Naples United Church of Christ