Seriously. Consider attending a church meeting this summer.
Both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ (which are commonly abbreviated as DOC and UCC respectively) are covenantally based. Each congregation lives in covenant with the other congregations and with the wider church.
Each denomination holds a general meeting every two years. The UCC holds a “General Synod” with representatives from the Conferences (the 37 geographic areas across the United States). The DOC holds a “General Assembly” with representatives from every congregation in the denomination. While the Northern California Nevada Conference selects just a handful delegates to represent us and the other UCC congregations in our Conference at General Synod, our church’s Cabinet selects our delegates to General Assembly. “Visitors” are also welcome at both General Synod and General Assembly. In addition to our two lay delegates to General Assembly, our pastors are automatically delegates – if they actually go.
Delegates and visitors participate in worship, workshops, and banquets. Only delegates get to speak and vote on the business items that come before the General Synod and General Assembly.
General Synod will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 21-25. You can learn more about it, registration, and costs at www.synod2019.org. General Assembly will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, July 20-24. You can learn more about it, registration, and costs at ga.disciples.org. If you decide to go to General Assembly, please let our Moderator or one of our pastors know. While we can’t help you pay for attending, we can officially appoint you a delegate, so you’ll get to vote.