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Put Yourself in the Picture: Synod 2013: Story IV: God at Work

  Put Yourself in the Picture:  Synod 2013

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.


God at Work:  Synod Story IV
by Rachel Chapman, Christian Fellowship Congregational Church, UCC, San Diego, CA


Q.  Where did you see God at work?

     A.  I was a nervous wreck…excited but nervous to be attending Synod for the first time. Although I was attending as a visitor, I had a job to do. A fellow UCC Regional Women’s Ministry Partner and I were responsible for the program at the Honored Lay Women’s Luncheon.

     We arrived in Tampa a few days early but it was difficult for me to relax and enjoy the various activities. I knew how important the luncheon was to the women being honored and I wanted to do my best. Not only was I speaking, I was also “drumming to the chorus.”

     Everything went smoothly. People filed into the ballroom and found their designated tables. It was nice seeing a large contingent from the SCNC there to support our three honored lay women. The profiles included in for the program were quite moving and the honored women seemed humbly proud to be compared with various women of the Bible. It gave me such a warm feeling to see so many women acknowledged for the work they do in their individual church communities. At the end of the luncheon many people told us how touching and enjoyable the program was…including the drumming. God was definitely still speaking at the Honored Lay Women’s Luncheon of Synod 28 and I feel blessed to have been a part of it!

Rachel Chapman is the UCC Women’s Ministry Partner for the Western Region.

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