Reflection and poems on attending the national meeting of the United Church of Christ (General Synod), summer 2011.
“Send Me God” Photo Journal
Each odd-numbered year, usually around the fourth of July, members of the United Church of Christ gather for a nationwide gathering to celebrate, plan and live out the gospel-life that binds us together in Christ. I have been to General Synod three times over the years, once as a seminary student, at which meeting I served as a technical assistant for a committee, and twice as an official delegate, first in 2003 (in Minneapolis) and again in 2011 (Tampa, Florida).
For the latter meeting, I posted a brief poem from the New York Conference delegation once a day for each of the five days of Synod. On returning, I added a summary of highlights and photos from the week to make a photo-journal as a report on the trip. The pdf here thus provides a window onto one pastor’s experience of attending the national meeting of our church. Quite an experience! (The theme of the week, “Imagine What’s Possible,” also inspired a new hymn, which opened the Fall 2011 Assembly of the Genesee Valley Association – see next posting.)