Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Twenty-second General Synod of the United Church of Christ reaffirms the long-standing opposition within the United Church of Christ to the death penalty and urges the abolition of capital punishment as a means of working for justice..."
"Call for Abolition of the Death Penalty," Twenty-Second General Synod conference, July 1999
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The United Church of Christ came into being in 1957 with the union of two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the Congregational Christian Churches.
The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the 'covenantal' tradition—meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church."
"Beliefs," United Church of Christ website (accessed July 29, 2008)
"The members, congregations, associations, conferences, General Synod, and covenanted ministries are free in relation to the world. We affirm that the authority of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and interpreted with the aid of the Holy Spirit stands above and judges all human culture, institutions and laws. But we recognize our calling both as individuals and as the church to live in the world:
* To proclaim in word and action the Gospel of Jesus Christ. * To work for reconciliation and the unity of the broken Body of Christ. * To seek justice and liberation for all."
"Brief History of the UCC," United Church of Christ website (accessed July 30, 2008)
1.4 million members
$33,530,170 (2007 Mission Spending Plan)
Rev. John H. Thomas, General Minister and President
# of Offices:
One (Cleveland, Ohio)
# of Staff:
Barack Obama, US Senator and 2008 Democratic Presidential Nominee, attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the UCC's largest congregation. On May 31, 2008, Obama announced that he and his wife were "withdrawing as members of Trinity" because of "offensive statements" by church leadership including Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama is pro death penalty.