More than 9,000 persons gathered in Hartford, CT June 22-26, 2007
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UCC and attend our 26th
General Synod. Prior to the celebration, more than 230 persons in
New York State listed their names on this site saying "See you in
Hartford ", and many used this site to send comments about the resolutions
brought to Synod.
News of this joyous event can be found on the web site of our
national setting at http://www.ucc.org/news .
Among the speakers was Lynn Redgrave whose story of her faith journey
following breast cancer reminds us all that our welcome to the
stranger in our midst can be a transforming experience for the "stranger" and
for us. In December 2002 Redgrave learned she had breast cancer.
One January 16, 2003, she had a mastectomy. In early February
2003 she visited the First Congregational Church in Kent, CT
after which she writes in her journal, "I find I cry at first,
at Bach on the organ, at prayers. By the end I feel very peaceful
and optimistic.A way to be part of a community." Prior to this
Redgrave's experience with "church" (the Anglican Church of England)
had been baptism, confirmation, occasional services at Christmas
and Easter. Redgrave now says, "I go online when I am on tour
to see what church I can go to and still get to the matinee."
Regional Conference Minister Michael Caine reports these "winners" from
our pre-Synod Turn-Out Tally. Broadway UCC, with 22 of its 80 members,
had the highest per cent in attendance at Synod. John Thomas will
preach as a way to say thanks for their accomplishment.
Hudson Mohawk Association had nearly twice the percentage of its
membership in attendance, almost 4%, compared to the other 8 associations.
For this it won the "Empy" or the "Empire Award" named for both
the Empire State and the Empire of Heaven Jesus so often promised
and taught. The Empy is given to an Association that has been creative
and effective in prompting its member churches' participation in
and support of the wider church.
The "door-prize" went to Joe Phillips, from First Congregational/
Albany , who had dinner at Trumbull 's Kitchen with his wife and
his pastor and his wife.
Reported by Lucy Werner
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