What does it sound like when voices of over 625 churches in the new TA1 Conference come together to proclaim justice? What does it sound like when all 5,000+ churches nationally of the UCC speak in one voice? I pray that it makes an unavoidable call for care and justice. This is the basis of the call for congregations to become “Immigrant Welcoming” congregations.
Team talk can build a strong ministry team. Of course, some may not think of conversation as an important task, viewing it as getting in the way of work and slowing it down. On the contrary, conversation plays an important role in the life of a team and must not be ignored. Team talk builds group durability and sustains effort. Talking about the work helps to reinforce the reasons for doing what we are doing.
Photo Credit - Peter Sylvia Table The word itself, spoken without context, allows those who hear it to see with their mind’s eye that with which the mind connects its five letters, its two syllables. A table in their home Their office The restaurant their family frequents For me, it most often brings to mind that piece of furniture around which I have sat. It’s a table where I have gathered with others to share a meal, lay out projects, unload bags of groceries as well as to help with ...
"So now we move forward in faith together." — Rev. Kent Siladi
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 “...