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2017 Annual Gathering

2017 Annual Gathering

The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serving as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, was this year's Annual Gathering Keynote Speaker.  His Keynote Address theology was a commentary of his second book, Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World, that was released in June 2015, and can be found at:  https://www.uccresources.com/products/beyond-resistance-the-institutional-church-meets-the-postmodern-world-dorhauer

 
Because Dorhauer is passionate about justice, two statements that shape his theology are: "God is love."  "God is just." His passion about the future of the denomination is insistent “that the Holy Spirit envisions a future in which the United Church of Christ matters.” His Keynote Address was calling on the denomination to rethink itself and to consider new ways of “being church” in light of reduced societal interest in institutional religion and the steep decline in the membership of the UCC since the 1960s. He introduced possible alternatives to institutional churches, what some call the "emergent church," that will not immediately supplant, but will grow alongside the institutional church for a long time.
 
Exerpts taken from 
ucc.org "Meet Our Officers" - United Church of Christ

 

 

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