General Synod: Wisconsin Conference Highlights
The word on the street is that our Conference did a stellar job hosting General Synod 32 in Milwaukee, June 21-25!
We couldn't have done it without our Local Arrangements Committee, our volunteer captains, and over 400 other volunteers.
See this article for more
info about these fine Wisconsin folks, including some photos.
Inspiring worship services were enjoyed by General Synod attendees. There were three main services: the opening worship, the closing worship, and a large community worship that took place on Sunday afternoon and filled our convention center space. You can watch videos of the worship services at the following links:
One of the primary functions of General Synod is to bring business and resolutions before the church
. Resolutions brought to Synod are first discussed in committees made up of randomly selected Synod delegates. Each resolution is then presented to the meeting in one of the plenary sessions.
You can see all of the resolutions at this link
(editor's note: I found the resolutions did not view correctly in Internet Explorer. Try another browser if you have trouble). Each resolution was presented in a Plenary session, which you can
view recordings of here
. From an individual resolution page, click on "view Post-Plenary version" to read the final resolution and the action taken by the voting delegates. The national office has written
many articles about Synod happenings and resolutions
, so be sure to check them out.
One resolution was sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Conference: Supporting Survivors Of Rape And Sexual Violence Through An Ongoing Church-wide Observance Of Break The Silence Sunday (BTSS)
. Here in the Wisconsin Conference we have observed Break the Silence Sunday on the fourth Sunday in April since 2016, after
Rev. Moira Finley
brought the idea to us and prepared worship materials for the day. The resolution passed overwhelmingly! We are thankful for Moira and all of the work she has done breaking the silence on this issue that unfortunately affects so many people.
Many Wisconsin Conference people will remember
Rev. Martha (Marti) Baumer from her time serving Windsor UCC, where she is a pastor emerita. Many more in our Conference know her as an instructor for the Lay Academy and for online UCC polity courses. Marti was honored at General Synod with a 2019
Antoinette Brown award, which honors "trailblazers" in the Church.
Got Synod photos? We've created an online Synod photo album
, and you can add your photos to it!
View the photos here
There's a lot more that happened at General Synod! Look in coming editions of Wisconsin Conference Life for additional articles.