GENERAL SYNOD 2017

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General Synod 2017

June 30-July 4, 2017 | Baltimore, MD

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About General Synod 2017

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 2017, thousands from across the country (and abroad) will gather for General Synod 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. 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 2017, we will "Make Glad!" as we celebrate, debate, worship and witness. Join us. Come back to this site in coming weeks and months for lots more information.

General Synod Program & Agenda

Agenda in PDF Format

8:30 AM

Lancaster Theological Seminary: Explore, Experience, Engage

8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Description Here.

9:00 AM

Tour of Historic Annapolis

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Description Here.

9:00 AM

Tours of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Description Here.

2:00 PM

Baltimore: Before and After Freddie Gray

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Description Here.

1:00 PM

Educational Intensives

2:00 PM

Committees in Session

5:00 PM
7:15 PM

Opening Worship Service

8:30 PM

First Plenary

8:00 AM

Second Plenary

12:00 PM
1:30 PM

Workshops - Session 1

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Details Here

1:30 PM

Service Projects

3:00 PM

Workshops - Session 2

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Details Here

5:00 PM
6:00 PM

General Synod Gala Fundraiser

Free Time

8:00 AM

Committees in Session

If Needed

9:00 AM

Hearings

Meet the Candidate

12:00 PM
2:30 PM

Community Worship Service

5:00 PM
7:00 PM

Third Plenary

All Day

Information Coming

8:00 AM

Fourth Plenary

12:00 PM

Lunch

Optional Dining Events
Rev. Dr. John Deckenback Memorial Crab Feed

2:30 PM

Fifth Plenary

5:00 PM
7:00 PM

Sixth Plenary

8:45 PM

Worship Service

8:00 AM

Seventh Plenary

12:00 PM
1:00 PM

Eighth Plenary

3:00 PM

Closing Worship Service

4:30 PM

Ajournment

8:00 AM

Tour of Historic Philadelphia

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Description Here.

8:00 AM

Visit to Washington D.C.

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Description Here.

Speakers, Preachers & Workshops


General Synod 2017 Keynote Speakers

Glennon Doyle Melton
Glennon Doyle Melton
Acclaimed author
Glennon Doyle Melton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior, which was chosen as one of Oprah’s Book Club picks for 2016, as well as the inspiring and hilarious New York Times bestseller, Carry On, Warrior. Glennon is the founder of Momastery, an on-line community where millions of readers meet each week to experience her shameless and laugh-out-loud funny essays about faith, freedom, addiction, recovery, motherhood and serving the marginalized. She is a speaker, activist, and the creator and president of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has raised seven million dollars for families around the world through “Love Flash Mobs,” which have revolutionized online giving.

Ms. Melton will speak on Saturday.
Aaron Mair
Aaron Mair
Environmental Activist
Aaron Mair brings three-plus decades of environmental activism, and 25 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader, to his new position as the Sierra Club’s first African American president. During his time with the Sierra Club, an environmental organization and one of the first large-scale preservations groups in the country, Mair has shown a commitment to grassroots action, environmental justice, and transforming the culture of the Sierra Club to make it — in his words — "a more welcoming environment to all people, regardless of their race or socio-economic status."

Mair became a Sierra Club member in 1999 after leading a decade-long battle to shut down a solid waste incinerator in inner-city Albany, N.Y., culminating in a $1.6 million settlement to the affected residents. Mair also helped secure the Sierra Club's participation in the Clean Up the Hudson campaign, which resulted in a settlement between the EPA and General Electric to dredge toxic sediments from the Upper Hudson River.


General Synod 2017 Preachers

Rev. Dr. Amy Butler
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler
MINISTER
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler is the Senior Minister of The Riverside Church in New York City. She previously served as Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Dr. Butler holds degrees from Baylor University, The International Baptist Theological Seminary; and Wesley Theological Seminary. Before Calvary, she worked with the homeless community in New Orleans and served as Associate Pastor at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church. Dr. Butler holds the deep conviction that the institutional church can be part of bringing in the Kingdom of God here and now, and she feels extraordinarily fortunate to walk the journey of faith with Christ-followers who feel the same.

Rev. Butler will preach on Friday evening.
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy
Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy
PRESIDENT
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of Pacific School of Religion. A committed pastor,nationally recognized immigration leader, and sought after speaker, Dr. Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change. He regularly contributes a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration and is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives.He has lived in four countries and taught courses and led international study and service trips across the globe. Dr. Vásquez-Levy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Rev. Dr. Vásquez-Levy will preach on Monday evening.
Rev. Kim Kendrick
Rev. Kim Kendrick
PASTOR
Rev. Kim Kendrick is one of the Senior Co-Pastors of Living Water United Church of Christ in Philadelphia, PA. A 2014 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, she serves as the Chaplain of Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, PA, providing pastoral care, worship leadership, and juvenile justice advocacy to over 75 high- risk youth and is a member of the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Committee on Ministry. Rev. Kendrick is a certified Our Whole Lives facilitator, conducting workshops on Human Sexuality and Spirituality for Youth and Young Adults, serves the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition as Youth Consultant, and was the Chaplain for the 2016 UCC National Youth Event.

Rev. Kendrick will preach on Tuesday afternoon.
Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer
Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer
General Minister and President
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer is the ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, elected at the 30th General Synod in 2015. Previously, Dr. Dorhauer was the Conference Minister of the UCC Southwest Conference, served as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ, in rural Missouri. He holds degrees from Eden Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, where he studied white privilege and its effects on the church. He is the author of Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World and co-author of Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right is Hijacking Mainstream Religion.

Rev. Dorhauer will preach on Sunday afternoon.


General Synod 2017 Theological Reflectors

Raven Rowe
Raven Rowe
CHAPLAIN
Raven Rowe is a chaplain with St. Luke's Hospital / Unity Point in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In her role as a chaplain, she specifically assigned to work in the behavioral health and chemical dependency units. Raven is currently seeking ordination with the United Church of Christ. Having just completed her Master of Divinity at Chicago Theological Seminary in May 2016, she continues to seek further education and certification in these areas of expertise. Her passions are queer inclusion and queer theology, and she is very passionate about gender issues, especially related to gender non-binary and gender non-conforming.
Rev. Dr. Damaris Whittaker
Rev. Dr. Damaris Whittaker
MINISTER
Rev. Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker has served as Minister at Center Church – First Church of Christ in Hartford, CT, since 2012. Previously, Dr. Whittaker was the Director of Marketing and Development at the Christian Activities Council of Hartford and co-pastor at Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Esperanza UCC, also in Hartford. An active speaker and advocate on issues of domestic violence, women’s leadership and health care, Dr. Whittaker has worked in grassroots organizations that provide pastoral and substance abuse counseling. She holds a DMin from New York Theological Seminary.

General Synod 2017 News

See a complete list of stories here


Exhibitor Forms
General Synod Exhibitor Invitation
General Synod Exhibitor Booth Reservation Form: Word (.doc) | Acrobat (.pdf)

Baltimore, Maryland

Housing Information

Housing

#
Hotel
Room Rate
Check-in/Out
Parking
Pet Policy
Pool
1
Hilton Baltimore
$179.00
tax per night
4:00 PM / 12:00 Noon
self parking: $30.00/per day
valet parking: $43.00/per day
Pet Friendly
Deposit Required
Yes
2
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor
$149.00
tax per night
4:00 PM / 12:00 Noon
self parking: $29.00/per day
No Pets
No
3
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor
$139.00
tax per night
3:00 PM / 12:00 Noon
self parking: $28.00/per day
Pet Friendly
Deposit Required
Yes
4
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
$169.00
tax per night
4:00 PM / 12:00 Noon
self parking: $30.00/per day
valet parking: $42.00/per day
Pet Friendly
Yes
5
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
$149.00
tax per night
4:00 PM / 12:00 Noon
self parking: $30.00/per day
valet parking: $43.00/per day
No Pets
Yes

All hotels include restaurant, bar/lounge, fitness center and free wi-fi. Parking rates subject to change.

Area Highlights and Links

Information to come

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