Hearings will be held on Sunday, July 2 from 9:00 a.m. and may go as late as 11:30 a.m. in the Hilton Hotel. Hearings provide opportunities for delegates and visitors to ask questions and to engage in dialogue about business matters that will come before the General Synod. The hearings are open to all registered delegates and visitors. The topics of the hearings are:

Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws: The Chair of the Governance Committee of the United Church Board of Directors, Mr. Geoff Brace, Hearing Officer and the National General Counsel of the UCC, Ms. Heather Kimmel, Principal Staff - Hilton Key Ballroom 7 & 8

The Biennial OCWM National Basic Support Projections: The Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee of the United Church Board of Directors, Mr. Robert Frieberg, Hearing Officer and Mr. Stephen Jones, the CFO of the national setting of the UCC. - Hilton Poe Room A & B

The 2013 Resolution on the implementation process Urging Divestment, along with Other Strategies, from Fossil Fuel Companies to address Climate Change: The Moderator of the 29th General Synod, Ms. Libby Tigner, Hearing Officer and the Corporate Social Responsibility Officer of United Church Funds, Ms. Kathryn McCloskey, Principal Staff – Hilton Johnson Room A & B

The Nominating Committee Process: The Chair of the General Synod Nominating Committee of the United Church of Christ Board of Directors, Mr. Dan DeLeon, Hearing Officer and the Associate for Governance and General Synod Administration of the national setting of the UCC, Ms. Denise Pittman, Principal Staff – Hilton Calloway Room A & B

Anticipated Changes to The Manual on Ministry: The Penn Southeast Conference Minister, Mr. William Worley, Hearing Officer and the national setting’s Team Leader of Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization, Ms. Holly Miller-Shank, Principal Staff - Hilton Key Ballroom 9 & 10