General Synod

Wisconsin is hosting General Synod!  June 21-25 2019

Video preview of General Synod 2019

Wisconsin’s Local Arrangements Co-chairs explain the Wisconsin Conference’s role in hosting General Synod in 2019, and share Synod highlights and opportunities for you to get involved. (April 2018)



Please consider a gift to the  Conference’s General Synod 2019 Hosting Fund.  (EFT Form)
For those who have already made a gift to the Hosting Fund, Thank You!



August 2018

The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) for General Synod 32 is almost all selected and ready to begin its work. The Local Arrangements Committee’s task is to provide local assistance to the National UCC’s General Synod organizing team.  Here is a list of the people who have agreed to serve in this ministry at this writing. There are a few more who will be added.  We thank all of these people for their willingness to serve in this ministry!

Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee

The Local Arrangements Committee is meeting at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee August 21. Valerie Smith, Director of the General Synod and Jill White LAC liaison, both from the National church, will be meeting with us as well as some Conference staff. This will be the initial gathering and start of the LAC’s work to prepare for the General Synod in 2019. And there is much to be done!

We have divided the ministry of the LAC into several different areas:

  • Volunteer Operations
  • Meeting Operations
  • Hospitality
  • Worship
  • Mission Outreach
  • Wisconsin Street Festival Celebration

The four of us will not only be working together to coordinate all aspects of the LAC, but each of us will be primarily responsible for overseeing one of these areas. Each area will have a team of volunteers working with the Team leader.

Volunteers will be needed in all of these areas! Information about how to volunteer will be coming in late fall. (Most of this will be done electronically.) Any volunteer working with children or youth will also need to have a background check. (Information about this will also be coming in the fall).

We have a good start on raising money to help offset expenses the Conference and LAC will incur for General Synod. Thank you to all who have already donated! Expenses include hotel fees, volunteer support, rental of special needs equipment and personnel, volunteer tee shirts, delegate and guest hospitality bags, refreshments for volunteers, extra rental equipment, programming for children and youth, worship elements and equipment, street festival costs, etc., etc., and so forth. If you or your congregation has not yet contributed to this fund, we hope you will seriously consider doing so!

On Sunday, June 23, 2019 everyone in the Conference is invited to attend an open communion worship at General Synod. It will be held at the Wisconsin Center in the afternoon. Following worship, the Wisconsin Conference is hoping to host a Street Festival – open to all, with food booths and entertainment.

We are in awe of the ministry work that lies before us. But we are excited and anxious to get started on this journey toward June 2019.  We have a supportive Conference and great people to work with us. Most of all we know we have God’s presence with us to guide and sustain us in the ministry before us!

Grace and peace,

Deborah Payden, Tom Payden, Bonnie Andrews and Tim Perkins

Wisconsin’s Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chairs








For the first time – ever! – the General Synod of the United Church of Christ is going to convene in Wisconsin. We’re very excited!

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 Committee 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.  Stay tuned, as we’ll be keeping you updated on the planning effort via email, web and the Wisconsin Conference Life newsletter.
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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.

Click on the red + below to read previous General Synod 32 updates.

2019 Local Arrangements Committee Coordinators (LAC):

Deborah and Tom Payden
Bonnie Andrews and Tim Perkins

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