The General Synod

The General Synod is coming to Wisconsin in 2019!

For the first time – ever! – the General Synod of the United Church of Christ is going to convene in Wisconsin. We’re very excited, and that excitement seems to be reverberating across the state!

We are pleased to announce that longtime UCC couples, Revs. Deborah & Tom Payden and Ms. Bonnie Andrews & Rev. Tim Perkins have enthusiastically agreed to serve as 2019 General Synod Local Arrangements Coordinators!

While the national UCC handles most of the General Synod meeting details and lodging preparations, the Wisconsin Conference is responsible for several hospitality and local logistics tasks.  We’re still quite a ways out, so the planning is not yet in full swing.  Stay tuned, as we’ll be keeping you updated once things get underway, via email, web and the Wisconsin Conference Life newsletter.  If you don’t currently get the newsletter, you can subscribe here.
If you’ve never attended a General Synod, 2019 is the year! There will also be opportunities to get involved. We will keep you posted as the planning develops.

Here is a communication from the Local Arrangements Coordinators:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Wisconsin Conference,

Grace and Peace to you.

We are honored to serve as the Coordinators of the Local Arrangements Committee. It is our task to provide local assistance to the National organizing team in their planning. We spent time at the General Synod in Baltimore shadowing their Local Arrangements Committee, asking questions and taking copious notes. We are still in the process of discovering and defining our responsibilities.

In the months and year ahead we will be keeping you posted. It is too early for us to do much specific planning and requesting of volunteers. We will invite your participation as we move closer to the time of the General Synod. We want volunteers from all around the Conference, representing our urban and rural faith communities.

We look forward to serving the Conference and the national church for the 2019 General Synod!

Your 2019 Local Arrangements Committee Coordinators,

Revs. Deborah and Tom Payden; Bonnie Andrews, Rev. Tim Perkins.


The General Synod is the governing body of the United Church of Christ and is composed of delegates chosen by the Conferences, voting members of Boards of Directors of Covenanted Ministries who have been elected by General Synod, and of ex officio delegates.  The General Synod convenes every two years, in odd numbered years.

The General Synod is the governing body of the national United Church of Christ, but it cannot “invade the autonomy of Conferences, Associations, and Local Churches, or impair their right to acquire, own, manage, and dispose of property and funds,” according to the UCC Constitution.

The national officers and board members of the UCC are elected at the General Synod. The General Synod also governs the finances and national structure of the denomination. It determines the relationship of the UCC with ecumenical organizations, world confessional bodies, and other interdenominational agencies and encourages conversations and even negotiations with other communions.

The General Synod adopts a variety of resolutions on church and public matters, with the understanding that the Synod is speaking to the congregations in the UCC, not on behalf of them.

Visit the UCC General Synod website

2019 Local Arrangements Coordinators (LAC):

Deborah and Tom Payden
Bonnie Andrews and Tim Perkins

Email the coordinators at

General Synod Delegate Information:

Lisa Hart
(608) 846-7880
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