Resolution In Support of "Jubilee Congregations" and "Jubilee Sunday" within the United Church of Christ approved by the 206th Annual Meeting (2005)

6/4/2005

Approved by the 206th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 4, 2005 Biblical/Theological Rationale “Proclaim liberty throughout the lands and to all the inhabitants thereof, it shall be a jubilee for you” (Leviticus 25:10). God and right community relationships occupy the center of economic and social life ...


Resolution Promoting Peace for All in Sudan approved by the 206th Annual Meeting (2005)

6/4/2005

Proposed by First Congregational Church of Williamstown, UCC; Approved by the 206th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 4, 2005. Theological Background   The Bible stories of political oppression are numerous, beginning with the Israelites in Egypt. God speaks to Moses from the burning bush (Exodus ...


Resolution to Call the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church Of Christ to Advance the Cause of the Most Vulnerable in the Budgetary and Appropriation Process approved by the 206th Annual Meeting (2005)

6/4/2005

Approved by the 206th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 4, 2005 Theological Rationale The Bible is filled with calls and commands “to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8). Amos speaks of the wealth of the land, and the indifference of the rich. “There is no justice in the...


Resolution to Send a Call for Environmental Education and Action to General Synod approved by the 206th Annual Meeting (2005)

6/4/2005

Approved by the 206th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 4, 2005 WHEREAS, each day of Creation, as recorded in Genesis, is followed by the affirmation, “God saw that it was good.” (Gen. 1), and humans are given the care/stewardship of this creation; and  WHEREAS, a number of Psalms proclaim the glory of ...


A Resolution to Encourage Respect for Marriages approved by the 205th Annual Meeting (2004)

6/14/2004

Approved by the 205th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 14, 2004. WHEREAS, Paul taught that “love is patient and kind”1 and Jesus summarized the whole and holy scriptures with the commandment to love God and our neighbors as ourselves”2, and WHEREAS, our United Church of Christ Statement of Faith ...


Resolution Calling the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ to be a Fair Trade Conference approved by the 205th Annual Meeting (2004)

6/14/2004

Approved by the 205th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 14, 2004   WHEREAS, teachings on “global economic theory” are scarce in the Bible, the more basic story of God standing with the powerless against the powerful is common. Isaiah, for example, attacked the rich for their wasteful opulence: “Their ...


A Resolution Supporting Seafarer Rights approved by the 205th Annual Meeting (2004)

6/12/2004

Approved by the 205th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 12, 2004 WHEREAS, Jesus dignified seafaring in calling as his first disciples from those who made their living from the sea, and began his ministry “proclaiming release to captives, … and setting at liberty those who are oppressed,” (Luke 4: 18); ...


Action on Transitional Housing in Framingham passed by the 205th Annual Meeting (2004)

6/12/2004

Passed by the 205th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 12, 2004   Whereas, the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (the “MACUCC”) has entered into discussions with the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. (SMOC), a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation which qualifies as a charitable...


Resolution on Massachusetts Prison Control Units approved by 205th Annual Meeting (2004)

6/12/2004

Approved by the 205th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 12, 2004 WHEREAS, release of prisoners is a sign of God’s Spirit (Isaiah 61:1) and concern for prisoners is a sign of righteousness (Matthew 25:31-46); and WHEREAS, prisons in Massachusetts contain “prisons within prisons” know as control units, ...


Resolution to Support the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court"s Decision Affirming the Right of Same-Gender Couples to Marry approved by 205th Annual Meeting (2004)

6/12/2004

Approved by the 205th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, June 12, 2004.   WHEREAS, the Bible is filled with invitations, calls and commands “to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God”. (Micah 6:8) Jesus reminds us that God commands us “to love our neighbors as ourselves” (Luke 10:27) and to ...


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