From the Pastor’s Pen

Every two years, General Synod brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ from across the nation for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship. The theme for the General Synod 2019 in Milwaukee was based on the scripture Matthew 5:16 In the same way let your light shine before others . . .

One of the most important activities at General Synod are the consideration of various resolutions that recommend how the Church might respond to prominent issues of the time. These resolutions are not binding upon local churches, but they offer information, inspiration and direction for faithfully grappling with matters of faith, justice and peace.

Some of the Resolutions considered included:

Denouncing Acts of Violence, Hatred, and Racism Carried Out in the Name of Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist Ideologies: notes the increase in hate speech and hate crimes and calls upon UCC congregations to “denounce all forms of white supremacist hatred; and stand in solidarity with those who are the targets of such hatred.”

On Recognizing Opioid Addiction as a Health Epidemic, Ensuring Access to Treatment and Pharmaceutical Corporate Responsibility: calls all settings of the UCC to recognize opioid addiction as a health epidemic, and to use all manner of activism, to hold accountable those who are acting in bad faith with the American people, either by irresponsibly marketing, distributing, or prescribing to individuals.

Protection of Immigrant Children and Their Families: calls on applicable government entities to immediately end the practice of separating minor children from their parents, except for the rare cases when the parents pose a threat to their own children, and that minor children who already have been taken from their parents be quickly reunited with them.

Jesus Said, “Follow Me”: encourages conversation within and among Local Churches on what it means to follow Jesus, to learn from and encourage each other in faithful witness and extravagant welcome.

A historic resolution with great relevance locally, was the vote to combine the Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island Conferences into one new conference.

For more detailed information on the 2019 General Synod visit: https://pbucc.org/index.php/menu-aboutus/general-synod/1189-resolutions-for-consideration-by-general-synod-32

Pastor Ray