UCC synod affirms Jesus as Lord, rejects Israel-linked divestment

Outcomes contrary to expectations of some
Contrary to some expectations, the United Church of Christ convention over the Fourth of July weekend in Atlanta reaffirmed traditional Christian claims and rejected financial divestment tactics against Israel as a way to work for Mideast peace.

Delegates to the UCC General Synod approved a resolution that declared that Jesus Christ is Lord and head of the church, although a committee omitted what critics called a “litmus test” requirement; namely, that all churches and ministers “must adhere to this most basic of all Christian teachings.”

The synod-approved resolution was combined with another proposal that the UCC should continue to use its logo design of a cross, crown and orb to represent itself. The proposal arose in reaction to the UCC’s ongoing publicity campaign that uses a big comma with the slogan, “God is still speaking.”


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