Synod of the Northeast

We understand our Synod as a regional community of PCUSA presbyteries and their congregations committed to serving as supportive mutual partners. It is the responsibility of this regional community to walk alongside its presbyteries, offering the kinds of resourcing presbyteries are unable to provide alone. The Synod exists to serve its presbyteries through resourcing, guidance and the ability to gather partners on a larger scale. Drawing upon its regional size and diversity, the Synod provides valuable resources and opportunities for its presbyteries. The Synod also provides creative and less encumbered space for innovation. With governance simplified and without the intense relational and governance demands faced by most presbyteries, the Synod can be a place where creativity might be allowed to flourish.

Our Missionial Purpose

We are a regional community of presbyteries and congregations learning to respond to God’s call to become agents of divine justice, transforming the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Northeast into a community of hospitality and welcome for all. We recognize that we have not always lived into the gift of our great diversity. We have not always fully welcomed all those within the communities we serve, including people of different racial or ethnic identities, economic classes, genders, abilities, sexualities, immigration statuses, or those who are marginalized in other ways. Finding deep joy in our differences, we commit to equipping the saints for a courageous and steadfast witness of love and hope; learning, growing, worshiping and working together.

The New Way Forward

The work of discovering and facilitating a New Way Forward for the Synod of the Northeast has been in process since the Synod Assembly of 2011. The goal of this part of our New Way Forward is to reduce by approximately 50% the human hours and energy required for the governance work of the Synod.

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Please, keep the Synod's mission team (Stated Clerk, Synod Leader and Synod Networker) and the support staff (Synod Administrator, Finance Manager and Communications Manager) in your prayers as they dedicate today for missional check-in, review and planning. ... See MoreSee Less

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from the (Facebook) desk of Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Transitional Leader, Albany Presbytery

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the #AccraConfession, I will be using some of it in worship on Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church Albany. Appropriate for this time.:

"We believe that God has made a covenant with all of creation (Gen 9.8-12). God has brought into being an earth community based on the vision of justice and peace. The covenant is a gift of grace that is not for sale in the market place (Is 55.1). It is an economy of grace for the household of all of creation. Jesus shows that this is an inclusive covenant in which the poor and marginalized are preferential partners and calls us to put justice for the “least of these” (Mt 25.40) at the centre of the community of life. All creation is blessed and included in this covenant (Hos 2.18ff). Therefore we reject the culture of rampant consumerism and the competitive greed and selfishness of the neoliberal global market system or any other system which claims there is no alternative...Now we proclaim with passion that we will commit ourselves, our time and our energy to changing, renewing and restoring the economy and the earth, choosing life, so that we and our descendants might live (Deut 30.19)." (Accra Confession)
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We are making a compilation of photos of the #SynodNE2014, and would appreciate if you would share the pictures that you took of the Assembly!
Please, forward pictures to Samantha Demko (our Communications Manager) to sdemko@synodne.org
Thanks!!!
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