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The Story, Witness, and Vision of the United Church of Christ
July 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EDT
Every two years, about 700 elected delegates from the Conferences and Covenanted Ministries of the United Church of Christ and several thousand visitors come from all over the United States and from other parts of the world to gather together for worship, learning and renewal, and to conduct the business of the denomination. This business includes a variety of matters, from approval of national budgets for domestic and worldwide ministries to consideration of resolutions on important social and ethical issues of our time. For the first time, the UCC will hold its first-ever virtual General Synod from July 16 – July 20.
Which got us thinking…it might be time for a refresher course or maybe even a first-time introduction to our denomination, the United Church of Christ, and its story, witness, and vision. Join us for this very special session presented by UCC leaders.
Sunday, July 11 – General Synod Resolutions. A just peace for Palestine and Israel; safety for women, trans and nonbinary people in settings of ministry; nature’s rights, and whether they’re on par with human rights; an end to Robert’s Rules of Order as the way Synod meetings must be governed. These are just a few of the resolutions that are being presented at General Synod 33 this summer. Come learn about them and the impact they may have on our own ministry here at Gables UCC. Leading us will be Hans Holznagel, a member of the News Team from the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication of the UCC National Ministries.
Sunday, July 18 – The Florida Conference and Our Connection. Gables UCC is a member congregation of the Florida Conference of the UCC. What does that mean? What does the Florida Conference do? How do they support our ministry and how do we support the work of this statewide group of UCC congregations from Key West to Jacksonville, from Marco Island to St. Augustine? The Rev. John Vertigan, Conference Minister of the Florida Conference, will be with us.
Sunday, July 25 – The History of the UCC. This short course in the history of the United Church of Christ begins with its origins in the small community who followed Jesus 20 centuries ago to the 20th-century movement that sought to reunite the divided branches of Christ’s church. As a result of that movement, the union of several traditions of Protestant Christianity became the United Church of Christ in 1957. Led by the Rev. Dr. Ron Patterson, a much respected and knowledgeable minister and leader in the United Church of Christ.
Register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudu2pqj4vGdx4_VMCbuK8uJg_rwU2qSkb
Whether you have been a longtime member of Gables UCC or have just been visiting with us for a short while, please join us!