“Send Me God” Synod Photo Journal

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.)

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