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General Synod kicks off

Friday, June 22, 2007

Updated News from General Synod

Anti-War Statement
UC News: "Just as they were beginning to celebrate the UCC's diamond jubilee, delegates and visitors to the 26th General Synod heard a call for an end to the war in Iraq and for the end to what was termed "the arrogant unilateralism of preemptive war."

Still Speaking Debt forgiven?
Executive Council Report (PDF): "The Executive Council humbly request forgiveness of loans to The StillSpeaking Initiative by Covenanted Ministries and Conferences and directs the officers of the Church to communicate this request to the settings appropriate."

Flashback: November, 2005: ""Repayment," while yet to be specified, basically amounts to a future plan to alter allocation amounts from Our Church's Wider Mission, the UCC's common purse for mission and ministry. At the outset of the Stillspeaking Initiative, loans were to be repaid out of increased contributions to OCWM, which church leaders are hoping will be generated by the UCC's enhanced identity and evangelism effort."

Mid-East Resolution fast tracked to implementation
Controversy avoided - Committee of Reference moved resolution directly to implementation. IN SUPPORT OF A RENEWED AND BALANCED STUDY AND RESPONSE TO THE CONFLICT BETWEEN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL: "Be it further resolved that the 26th General Synod directs the Executive Council to establish a Task Force to engage in ongoing and balanced study of the causes, history and context of the conflict, including appropriate responses to the situation that may or may not lead to further support of economic leverage and removal of the security barrier.
posted by UCCtruths, Friday, June 22, 2007

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