National Events

Want to connect with the denomination on a large scale and experience the wider community of the United Church of Christ (UCC)? Consider attending General Synod (GS) or National Youth Event (NYE)!

General Synod

“Making All Things New” will be the theme of the 34th biennial General Synod of the UCC, scheduled for June 30th-July 4th, 2023, in Indianapolis.

General Synod is a biennial gathering of representatives of conferences chosen from local churches of the UCC. 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.

Resolutions and pronouncements are brought for consideration to General Synod by groups and members of the church. When passed, resolutions and pronouncements become the witness of the General Synod and are commended to all members of the UCC for consideration. They have significant influence on the mission and ministry of instrumentalities and other national bodies of the denomination and provide a significant teaching role for the church in all settings.

National Youth Event

National Youth Event (NYE) is a spirited quadrennial event centered on faith, leadership, service, and social justice first inaugurated in 1980. It is celebrated as the largest denominational gathering for the UCC, with attendance often in the thousands. Planning is typically done by several national setting offices as well as volunteers from conferences and local churches.

There is not yet information on the next NYE as discussions about the format are taking place. Take a look at NYE 2020 to get a sense of what it’s all about!