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Summary: United Church of Christ Synod 28, Tampa: ON SINKING SAND
The theme of this Synod, “SAND”, seemed especially appropriate as the UCC continues to sink slowly. We could only be mindful of the words of our Lord Jesus, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who builds his house on the sand. The rain came down and the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:26,27
BWF issued a press release at the outset of Synod that seemed especially prescient:
BWF Executive Director Speaks to General Synod Proposals
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST SYNOD MEETS "ON SINKING SAND"
July 1 - The liberal UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, the leader among protestant denominations in membership loss, is meeting at Synod 28 this weekend in Tampa, Florida using the theme of "SAND.” According to the Synod Handbook (page 8-9) http://www.ucc.org/synod/pdfs/general_synod_28_handbook.pdf describing the event’s worship focus, "sand remains a powerful image of an unimaginable quantity. It also reflects the rich imagery of desert, of journey, of shifting sands." It goes on to say, "At the Twenty-eighth General Synod in 2011, the United Church of Christ finds itself in oasis and desert. Blessed with diversity of thought, vibrant life, and shifting sands, we journey through challenging times seeking possibility, engaged in thoughtful and difficult conversations." Jesus used this image powerfully when he contrasted the wise man who built on the rock with the foolish, saying, "everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand." (Matthew 7:26)
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST SET TO REJECT GOD THE FATHER
July 1 - Meeting at General Synod 28 in Tampa, Florida this weekend, the historic United Church of Christ will vote on an amendment to eliminate God the Father from Article 5, lines 9-10 of its constitution. http://www.ucc.org/synod/pdfs/proposedconstitution.pdf The Constitution of the denomination has remained unchanged in its theological core since the United Church of Christ's founding in 1957, and remains the covenant connection with the basic truths of Christianity that keeps many churches affiliated who are otherwise alienated by the denominations very liberal agenda.
According to renewal leader David Runnion-Bareford, "Rejecting God as Father in an age of fatherlessness is unthinkable. God acted toward us in amazing grace when He offered to be our Father through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ who offers us life in his name. This is not something we as humans made up in some other time. Rejecting our Father is act of arrogant rebellion in the name of cultural conformity that only further alienates members, churches, but more importantly God himself. We call the delegates to reject the change for God's sake."
Renewal leader David Runnion-Bareford said, "This is indeed a powerful confession by the Synod of the UCC that, having rebelled against the word of God, is on sinking sand - with our members, churches, historic witness, and identity in Christ washing away before our eyes."
WHY DOES JOHN THOMAS MATTER?
Commentary by BWF Executive Director
January 25, 2011
NO TIME FOR ANGER
In a recent press release we called former UCC President Rev.
John Thomas to public repentance of his moral failure while he was
president and general minister of the denomination in order to allow
the church to heal. (read more)