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Put Yourself in the Picture: Synod 2013: Story V: Celebration of Life

Why do UCCers gather together every two years, traveling long distances to plunge headlong into the intensity and immensity of a General Synod?  Why should YOU attend?  What’s in it for YOU?  

     Gregg Brekke, Editor of the United Church News, summed his “why” up succinctly when writing of his very first Synod in 2009.  “We seek an experience of God’s peace – through worship, renewed connections, new relationships and an immersion into our identity as people of the UCC.”

     The editors of Connecting Voices recently asked a number of past attendees (delegates and visitors, clergy and laypeople alike) about their “whys” and their Synod experiences – what “coming together” meant to them.  Their responses will be presented in a series of mini-articles over the next few months.  We hope that, stirred to “go and do likewise,” YOU will join us at Synod 29 in Long Beach, CA.


Celebration of Life:  Synod Story V
by Rev. Sepulona Tanuvasa, The First Samoan Church of Los Angeles (UCC)


– The Pre-Synod Celebration of New Churches (in Tampa) with Rev. David Schoen and colleagues – a fantastic celebration full of life and energy.

– So much to see, observe and learn at the same time!

– The high number of young people participating in worship – powerful!

– Christ was visible in the life of every individual giving of their time and resources. 

– A rare opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues from all over.

Looking ahead:

– My wish is for the Samoan Ministries Table to offer a choir and cultural performance at the next Pre-Synod Celebration.

Pastor of The First Samoan Church of Los Angeles (UCC) since 2005, Rev. Tanuvasa is also Chairperson of the Samoan Ministries Table Leadership Council.

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