GS28: Heading Home/Finding Home

GS28: Heading Home/Finding Home


By The Rev. Jean Niven Lenk
Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Stoughton, United Church of Christ.
Synod Delegate

The gavel has come down officially closing GS28. Over the next 24 hours, thousands of delegates and visitors will be packing their bags, saying their good-byes, and heading to their respective homes -- which are as close as Florida and as far away as Africa.

Personally, I am ready to head back to Massachusetts – GS is exhausting, from the 7 am breakfast meetings to the nights of hearings, resolutions, amendments, and votes, and I am ready to get back to my normal schedule, early bedtimes, and home cooking. 

But thinking of heading home reminds me of the stories I have heard these past few days from newcomers to the United Church of Christ, and their different narratives have the common theme of finding home. Repeatedly, I heard people talk of coming from different faith traditions -- in which they felt judged, marginalized, and rejected – and finding their way to a UCC church, where they have been extravagantly welcomed. Home.

May we all return safely to our respective homes. And may our churches be places where all may find a home.


Jean Lenk

The Rev. Jean Niven Lenk is the Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Stoughton, United Church of Christ.

Subscribe to our emails
Framingham, MA Office
Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center

1 Badger Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Fax: 508-875-5485

Hartford, CT Office

125 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105
866-367-2822 (Toll Free in CT)

Irons Homestead Camp & Retreat

688 Snake Hill Road
Glocester, RI 02857

Silver Lake Conference Center

223 Low Road
Sharon, CT 06069
Fax: 860-364-1000

General Email:
© 2020 Southern New England Conference UCC. Permission is granted to local churches to copy materials for their own use unless noted otherwise.