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UCC General Synod – June 2019 in Milwaukee

posted Apr 1, 2017, 3:13 PM by Cameron Hubanks   [ updated Feb 10, 2019, 7:43 AM ]

Every other year representatives from across the United Church of Christ gather for a church-wide meeting called General Synod. This gathering always happens in the early summer of odd numbered years. This year it happens at the end of June (the 21st through the 25th) and for the first time in the history of the UCC, General Synod will be right here in Wisconsin.

It’s a big job for a conference to host General Synod. It takes much preparation and planning. And ittakes volunteers – lots of them!

Please consider attending a part of General Synod – even a day at Synod can prompt growth andinspiration. And consider being a volunteer, as well. If you’d like to know more about volunteering atSynod, please let Pastor Rich know. There is an informational meeting coming up at Orchard Ridge UCC on the west side of Madison on Thursday, February 14 at 10 am. Rich will attend and would be pleased to have others join him at the meeting.

The Doctrine of Discovery

When European settlers began coming to America in the 1600’s, they took it for granted that the landto which they had come was free for the taking. But what about the people who were already here the Native Americans?

The history of European colonization in the Americas and around the world is based on a conceptnow known as the “Doctrine of Discovery.” It was promulgated by (European) church and secular authorities beginning in the 1400’s and continued to undergird the legal foundation for colonialism for 100’s of years. The US government has formally asserted “Discovery Doctrine” in a variety of ways.

The Doctrine of Discovery worked to the powerful advantage of European explorers and settlers. At the same time it worked to the distinct disadvantage of indigenous peoples. Many have begun to question this long-standing framework for claiming land, and many of these questions are arising in communities of faith. The Wisconsin Conference of the UCC has initiated a process of study and consideration of this doctrine. Part of the process of study that must precede any resolution is study within local congregations. As a consequence, we will devote two sessions of our Tuesday morning Bible study to this topic – February 19th and 26th. Because these sessions are daytime sessions (9:00 am), they will not be convenient for everyone, but if you are available and interested, please consider attending.