Synod: More of a Family Reunion than a Meeting

by Rev. Kim Sorrells
Central Congregational UCC, Atlanta GA

“So are you a delegate?” That’s often the first question people ask me when we meet up here at General Synod. I am not. I’m just here to “hang out.” So what does one do at Synod if they aren’t voting? I come here mostly to learn and to connect to our wider church family.

As a young clergy person it is helpful for me to be here to meet other pastors and leader so we can learn from each other and compare notes, so to speak. But more than that, it feels like a large family reunion. I get to see friends I haven’t seen in a year or two and encourage each other. We get to give hugs and get hugs.

We also get to hear from inspiring speakers and take a much needed break from being “in charge” and just be fed. Our 20/30 clergy group gathered for worship yesterday and took time to renew our baptism, share communion together and recharge from feeling weary.  For me, these are the most important parts of Synod.

Oh, yeah, the rubber ducky nativity scene is a bonus!