Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Going Back to General Synod

This past week I was unofficially named a delegate to the Twenty-fifth General Synod of the United Church of Christ, in the Clergy Under 30 category. This will be my second term as a delegate, having served previously as a Youth delegate (even though I was 22 at the time) at the Twenty-third Synod in Kansas City. Delegates actually serve for a term of two Synods, but I was unable to attend the last one in Minneapolis.

I experienced General Synod as a great time to meet UCC members from across the country and see how the process at the national level works, along with experiencing some wonderful and diverse worship. Resolutions drawn up by various church bodies (or multiple bodies) are brought to the floor to be considered, and in turn the resolutions that pass are recommended to be acted upon by local churches. However, local churches (in my experience) do not often act on these either because they don't ever hear about them or they don't agree with them. I'll sit down and type up something about our polity (and perhaps something else about a growing divide in the church) some other time.

In the meantime, I'm happy to have been considered. Although I'm not sure how many other Clergy Under 30 types are in my Association at the present time. It may just be that I was the only one left.