It’s a Wrap! – General Synod 2023

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by Rev. Kim Wood, Conference Minister

The 34th General Synod of the United Church of Christ met June 30 – July 4 in Indianapolis, IN. Delegates and associate delegates honored ecumenical and international guests, visitors, and Conference and National Setting staff gathered for this historically biennial event. If you haven’t yet attended a General Synod or don’t know what it is, per the United Church of Christ Constitution:

  • The General Synod is the gathering of a faith community representative of the wider church to listen for and discern the call of God to the United Church of Christ. The General Synod deliberates, discerns, and identifies the mission of the wider church of the United Church of Christ in God’s world and receives and offers suggestions, invitations, challenges, and assistance in covenant with Local Churches, Conferences, and other settings as they engage in mission together. The General Synod is the representative body of the United Church of Christ and is composed of voting delegates, as described in the Bylaws of the United Church of Christ. There shall also be associate delegates and ecumenical delegates, without vote, as determined by the Bylaws of the United Church of Christ or action of the General Synod.

Thank you to the members of the Southeast Conference Delegation who attended on our behalf:


  • Grant Carodine
  • Rev. Eddie Colf
  • Tommy Hill
  • Casey Moran
  • Joseph “Jody” Thornton
  • ivy tillman

Associate Delegates

  • Rev. Richard Barham, Southeast Conference Moderator
  • Rev. Kim Wood, Conference Minister

Thank you, also, to Rev. Heather Fosburgh, our own Associate Conference Minister, who served as Floor Parliamentarian for this General Synod. Congratulations on a job well done!

General Synod is much more than a business meeting. It is an opportunity for people from across the United Church of Christ, both laity and clergy and from our varied ministry settings, to connect, worship, explore, learn, pray, and play together. Some people love the work and discernment process of being a delegate. Others take on leadership roles at Synod. And still others enjoy the freedom of attending as a visitor.

Mark your calendars now for July 11-15, 2025 and consider attending the 35th General Synod, to be held in Kansas City, KS/MO. And stay tuned for more information from our delegation about General Synod 2023!

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