#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 ...

#UCCSynod: Rise and SHINE!

Holly Norwick


The morning brought a buzz that resounded from the lobby of the hotel. I didn’t have anything scheduled for my time this morning but there was still so much to do. It was time to Shine! So, as instructed, I put on my Massachusetts Conference Shine! t-shirt that we were given as delegates and made my way toward the buzz. Some were still arriving, adding to the growing hum of welcome bags, hugs, and shouts of allegiance as Shine! t-shirt after Shine! t-shirt congregated together. Lots of colors ...

#UCCSynod: Welcome to Milwaukee!

Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager


My taxi driver and I  made a surprising connection this morning en route from the airport. His name was Mustafa and he talked while driving and smiling about all of the great sites to take in here in Milwaukee. We learned about the best cheese puffs, Harleys and the best brews. When I commented that his Middle Eastern accent was familiar to me, Mustafa said he came from Jordan originally. I’d recently returned from an interfaith trip through my church to visit voices of conscience in Palestine, ...

#UCCSynod: Blessings

Holly Norwick


The 8 o’clock hour here in Milwaukee offers a quiet excitement as I sneak by the check-in tables and make my way to the counter for my room key. It’s easy to avert recognition looking like I do after the 5-hour drive – hair in a fallen ponytail, eyes puffy from the thoughts that accompanied me along the way. The excitement was a welcome transition after the ache of the drive just hours after sitting my 11-month-old down at gramma’s house next door in Minnesota, trying to explain mommy’s work in ...

Many Voices, One Mission: Ready, Set, Go

Emily McKenna


"Our faith as Christians reminds us that for everything there is a season." —Emily McKenna

Children and Racism

Debbie Gline Allen


This is a true story of how church educators stood up to a large publishing company to stop perpetuating racism through our children.

Faith Floods the Courtroom

Liza Neal


Jesus said, “I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.”  Matthew 25:35a   Dr. Warren receives a blessing from clergy. Photo by Liza Neal. “If you live in a place where people are dying, how can you not respond?” This is the answer Dr. Scott Warren gave when asked under oath to the District Court of Arizona why he volunteers his time leaving food and water in the Sonoran Desert, a place where more than 3,000 people have died in the last 10 years, 88 in the last four months.  He...

Many Voices One Mission: From the Inside

Charles Ericson


"There is an easy, sometimes playful energy of collegiality among us that can escalate into laughter or occasionally bring forth a tear. "— Rev. Chuck Ericson

Becoming a Just Peace Church

Robert Loesch


I invite you and your local United Church of Christ congregation to take the steps to become a Just Peace Church. Since 1985, the Just Peace Pronouncement at General Synod has inspired a grassroots movement of UCC congregations corporately to name and boldly proclaim a public identity as a justice-doing, peace-seeking church. Grounded in UCC polity and covenantal theology, the position focuses attention on alleviating injustice of all types using non-violence and calls us to offer the message, ...

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