Many Voices, One Mission: Together

Kent Siladi


"So now we move forward in faith together." — Rev. Kent Siladi

#UCCSynod: Break the Silence

Dawn Sorensen


Today I spoke in front of the entire gathered body of General Synod 32, a body of about 700 delegates and a few hundred more gathered onlookers. I spoke in favor of Resolution 9: Break the Silence Sunday. I had not planned on doing that!   You see, I have a friend from seminary who is a friend and supporter of the Rev Moira Finley, who wrote the resolution. The resolution calls for all UCC churches to dedicate one Sunday a year to recognize the impact of sexual violence on us as humans, as ...

#UCCSynod: Catching Clicks is Really, Really Hard

Matthew McCaffrey


Some 750 or so General Synod delegates are gathered in the “well of the House” at the Wisconsin Center. And, being the United Church of Christ, that means 751 different opinions on the conduct of the meeting.   Our delegation spends our gathered time at a long banquet table, roped off from the many visitors sitting in rows outside the well. We carry two items on lanyards around our necks: a credentials packet, and a small voting “response card.” That little piece of plastic and electronics is ...

#UCCSynod: Challenges to Light a Fire

John Sharland


There have been many references to fire during Synod. Pentecost. The burning bush. Challenges to light a fire for this cause or that cause - all deserving our serious attention - mine and yours.

#UCCSynod: Let’s Get To Work!

Holly Norwick


I was so excited for today. I was excited because it was Traci Blackmon day! She was coming to speak with us, the Together As, One group, over our breakfast caucus AND she was preaching during our big Sunday worship this afternoon. I was so excited.    I went down early to breakfast and witnessed her interpret a part of the Exodus that told us about the time that God sat back, after doing everything for the Israelites, to let them help themselves for a change. So, Moses stepped up to help the ...

#UCCSynod: Healing and Community at the National Open and Affirming Gathering

Caryne Eskridge


Greetings from Milwaukee! My General Synod experience begins a few days before Synod itself, with the Gathering of the Open and Affirming Coalition. Without the Coalition, I would not be a member of a UCC church and, I believe, I would likely not be discerning a call to ministry. When I first found the United Church of Christ in 2015, I was searching for a church that would love and support me as a lesbian/queer woman and in the fullness of my identity. In 2017 I attended my first Open and ...

#UCCSynod: Less-Visible Gatherings

Matthew McCaffrey


I’m not a breakfast person. (Yes, there are tribes that revolve around which meals are “us.”) So the prospect of hauling my tired, talked-out bones out of bed at O’Dark Hundred to join fellow delegates over a buffet breakfast is not the most attractive idea I’ve heard for how to start my day. But at Synod, the tradition and discipline of getting a delegation’s group together for breakfast to start the day is oddly energizing. Today, Saturday, the three southern New England conferences got “...

#UCCSynod: We Have Everything We Need

Holly Norwick


Today started early with our first Tri-Conference Caucus at 6:30 in the morning. We are off to a great running start though, despite the sleepy eyes and coffee groans, with our UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer taking some time to talk with us over our communion breakfast. His energy is better than the caffeine as he excitedly offers his support for the Together As One (TA1) resolution we bring to the Synod floor in just a few days. It’s hard to imagine life without my Connecticut...

#UCCSynod: What If We Held a Banquet?

Mark Diters


Busy day, workshops just wrapped up…three plenaries into Synod 32…leaves many ‘lookin’ for the heart of Saturday night’. Today we heard from Matthew Desmond, personally driving home the tragic inequality that his book well documents. Last night the Rev. Kaji Spellman Dousa challenged the gathered assembly to recognize the “now”; to be in the present for it is all we have, because the future is not guaranteed to any. She used the image of a clock tower on which the clock’s face had lost its hands...

#UCCSynod The Serious Work Before Us

Mark Diters


It’s travel day…or yesterday was for me. Long, long…long, long…long, long… story short; ask some of the CT delegation how their connection in Chicago went. Two of us ended up taking a bus to Milwaukee four hours after we were supposed to already have arrived. And to add insult to injury, we had to go to the airport because our luggage had made it there and we had not. And as for the others, some could still be in Chicago. If you read Evicted, by our keynote speaker Matthew Desmond, you have ...

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