U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.), an active UCC member since 1988, has accepted an invitation to speak at UCC General Synod 26, June 22-26, in Hartford, Conn.
Obama — a member of the 10,000-member Trinity UCC in Chicago — will speak to delegates and visitors during a special day-long "Synod in the City" event on Saturday, June 23, at the Hartford Civic Center.
Gathering to commemorate the denomination's 50th anniversary milestone, Obama joins an impressive line-up of prominent presenters during the five-day General Synod that includes journalist Bill Moyers, activist Marian Wright Edelman, preacher Peter Gomes, actress Lynn Redgrave, author Marilynne Robinson and more.
The occasion will mark the historical 1957 union of the Congregational Christian Churches in America and the Evangelical and Reformed Church, the first ecumenical marriage of unrelated Christian denominations in U.S. history.
Obama, a Democratic candidate for President, has spoken often about his profession of faith, his membership in the socially progressive UCC and the need for Democrats to take seriously the concerns of religious Americans.
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I've read that there is some concern that this is walking the thin line between church and state. As a UCC member, there is no reason that Obama couldn't attend the 50th anniversary of his denomination. I suppose that what changes things for people is his presidential bid: will he just be there to celebrate with the UCC, or will he use opportunities? If it weren't for that, no one would care.
I'm also going to get my copy of Gilead signed. Sweet.