Optional Dining Events

Learn about dining events at General Synod 34.

“How to Raise Anti-Racist Children”: An Evening with Ibram X. Kendi. Join us as we engage the esteemed author and activist Ibram Kendi in dialogue about one of the most important justice issues of our time. Proceeds will benefit the UCC’s Join the Movement for Racial Justice capital campaign.

To learn more about this campaign, please visit the Join the Movement website.

The dinner will be at the The Westin connected to the Indiana Convention Center from 5:30pm until 7:15pm.

Single Tickets and Tables of 10 can be purchased.

Jacqueline Owen

Eden Seminary alumni, friends and church network – See yourselves in the Network Model of Theological Education emerging at Eden. Reflect on this vision with President Deborah Krause. Catch up with long-time friends and connect with new colleagues.

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
mblaufuss@eden.edu or advancement@eden.edu

Presenters will talk about CAP’s work in Appalachia & Opportunities to Serve.

Christian Appalachian Project
Rev. Diane Vego

This meal is an opportunity for alumni/ae from Andover Newton and Yale Divinity School to come to hear updates about the two institutions. This will also be an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Andover Newton Seminary
Sarah B. Drummund
sarah.drummond@yale.edu or tracy.edwards@yale.edu

In 2022 the Historical Council formally named the Afro-Christian Convention the “Fifth Stream” of the UCC historical tradition. Join us for lunch and learn about this momentous news and celebrate the heritage! Special speakers will discuss the tradition and the tell the story of how the ACC finally received the recognition it deserves.

UCC Historical Council
Ed Cade

The Ecumenical and Interfaith luncheon is a tradition at General Synod. During our time together, we will introduce our ecumenical and interfaith guests who are attending General Synod, we will receive an update from our Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Manager on the work in this important ministry of the National Setting.

Mark Pettis

Please join the Open and Affirming Coalition for our 2023 General Synod banquet. The evening will feature an official introduction to the new Executive Director of the Coalition, the Rev. Dr. Katrina Roseboro-Marsh, and a keynote speech by the Rev. Darrell Goodwin, Executive Conference Minister of the Southern New England Conference. We will celebrate over 1,800 ONA churches certified since 1987 and will look toward the work still to be done. All are warmly invited!

Ellen Huffman

Please join Justice & Local Church Ministries (JLCM) and the Council for Health and Human Services (CHHSM) for an engaging afternoon luncheon featuring author, attorney, activist, and MacArthur Fellow, Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson is also executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent prisoners on death row, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Bryan Stevenson has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He is also CEO of The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL. Each attendee will receive a copy of his seminal work and New York Times Bestseller: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

This luncheon is graciously sponsored by United Church Funds (UCF). *All proceeds will support the General Synod Valerie Russell Lecture Series & Scholarship Luncheon.

The Westin is connected to the Indiana Convention Center
Denise Pittman

Indiana Convention Center
Join United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities luncheon.

MJ Luna

Indiana Convention Center
Members & friends of PAAM are invited to join us as we celebrate 50 years of serving our communities and the UCC.

Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries (PAAM)
Dick Hom

Meet members of the Stillspeaking Writers’ Group during their Sunday evening Synod reception, and enjoy hearing some of your favorite Daily Devotional messages read aloud.

Stillspeaking Writers’ Group
Rachel Hackenberg

The Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM) invites you join your siblings in Christ for “Still Going MAD” (Making a Difference). An event filled with faithful fellowship, entertainment and learning how COREM is making a difference in the United Church of Christ. COREM advocates for racial and ethnic concerns within the UCC. COREM is composed of Pacific Islander and Asian Ministries, The Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries, Council for American Indian Ministries, United Black Christians, Ministers for Racial Social and Economic Justice and United Samoan Ministries. Seize the moment to attend this faith family gathering.

Zillah Jackson Wesley

CTS Alumnia and friends of CTS will gather to meet President Brad Braxton and see what CTS is doing this year.

Chicago Theological Seminary
Marie Whitney


Please join the United Church of Christ Reproductive Justice Task Force and The Antoinette Brown Society as we discuss: What Now, What Next for faithful engagement in a post-Roe world. We will be joined by a panel of leading experts from abortion rights organizations, reproductive health advocates. Receive tools for useful advocacy in your unique communities, and help formulate strategies for how we will protect our inalienable right to bodily autonomy for women and birthing people.
This luncheon is graciously sponsored by Frontline Faith and The Planned Parenthood Foundation. All proceeds will benefit gender advocacy work in the United Church of Christ.

The Westin is connected to the Indiana Convention Center
Denise Pittman

“Write the Vision and Make It Plain” reference from Habakkuk 2:2
Join the United Black Christians for our General Synod Luncheon. Updated visions for UBC . You will have the opportunity to write your vision and make it plain and hear from our insightful visionary guest speaker. Don’t miss out on our wonderful time together.

Zillah Jackson Wesley

UCC chaplains serve in a variety of multifaith contexts including hospitals, schools, and military bases. This gathering is an invitation for chaplains, ministers in specialized settings, clergy, and Members in Discernment considering ministry in a specialized setting. Colleagues will be joined by members of the MESA team and leaders of the United Church of Christ Professional Chaplains and Counselors for a luncheon to deepen connection with these organizations and one another.

Rev. Stephen Boyd

PSR alumnx, prospective students, and friends are invited to gather together in community and hear the  latest news from PSR. Come reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Ticket fee: $40

Nicole Naffaa

An IKC Event
White River State Park Celebration Plaza Amphitheater

As the host Conference for this year’s General Synod, the Indiana Kentucky Conference is excited to invite you to their special event on Sunday evening July 2nd at the White River State Park Celebration Plaza Amphitheater. This festival gathering will feature acclaimed Indiana folk artist Carrie Newcomer and award-winning Kentucky Appalachian bluegrass band, the McLain Family Band. Along with food trucks, outdoor games, and booths highlighting the ministries of the Indiana Kentucky Conference, it will be a time to gather for fellowship as friends, colleagues, and partners in ministry in the United Church of Christ. The cost of the concert and festival is free, with the food trucks coming from exclusively minority owned businesses being on your own. The IKC looks forward to celebrating with you.


The purpose of this lunch is to hear and share ideas of how the theological center of the United Church of Christ can connect “that they all may be one.” Join us and share your ideas.
Faithful and Welcoming Center

Bob Thompson

CHHSM invites you to join UCC ministry partners for a time of inspiration, education, and celebration as we “make all things new” through supporting the mind/body/spirit connection and work together to create a just, caring, and compassionate world.

Sarah Lund

Join us to celebrate our new Antoinette Brown Society Award recipients! These clergywomen are trailblazers, catalysts, leaders, and they represent the best in UCC women’s leadership! Take this opportunity to raise to toast, affirm their gifts, and learn from them as we look toward our next UCC Clergywomen’s Leadership Event in 2024. If you want to support the Antoinette Brown Society but are unable to join us, simply text ABS to 41444 to contribute.

Tara Barber



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