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 Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)
Synod Advertising Opportunities (pdf)
General Synod Poster (pdf)
Ohio Conference Volunteer Opportunities at General Synod
Past General Synod Resolutions
General Synod Standing Rules (pdf)
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.
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)
Delegate Electronic Voting Tutorial. Report of the Nominating Committee. Report of the UCC Board. Introduction of New Business.
Introduction of Ecumenical Guests. Introduction of Honored Guests. Opening Worship.
Keynote Speaker: Connie Schultz
Budget, Nominating Committee, Constitution and Bylaws, Relationship with Canada, Fossil Fuel Implementation
Committee Reports, Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke
Committee Reports, Worship
Committee Reports, Keynote Speaker: Paul Raushenbush
Local Arrangements’ Recognition, Invitation to the Thirty-first General Synod, Installation of Moderators
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.