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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The Albany Presbytery welcomes Amaury Tañón-Santos, the Synod Networker, for a four-day visit to share about the networking opportunities of the New Way Forward, and to learn about the missional and ministry within this presbytery.

The link below is Amaury's public schedule for his visit in Albany.
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Leadership and Mission Teams of the Synod of the Northeast
On recent actions on the Special Offerings 2015 campaign by the Presbyterian Mission Agency

As Presbyterians from the Northeast we affirm the gift of diversity in our life together. We support our denomination’s participation in the good work of the One Great Hour of Sharing. We are therefore deeply concerned that the recent attempt by our Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) to promote this year’s One Great Hour of Sharing campaign perpetuates the sin of racism and white privilege within this important and historic mission. We acknowledge the actions taken by PMA to revise the campaign, but remain concerned that this action was even necessary.

Many within our regional family, and throughout the Church, have been saddened and offended by the message of this campaign. Framing issues of alcoholism, drug addiction and anger with images of non-white persons is experienced as racist and offensive to many who struggle daily with many forms of discrimination in our society. This campaign bolstered the narrative that "they" are the object of our charity. It devalues the struggle for self-determination and development of peoples of color in the United States and, indeed, throughout the world. We affirm that Non-white peoples, and persons who struggle with addictions in the communities we serve, are actors and partners in ministry.

As ministry partners we are dismayed by the use of this imagery. The response from throughout the Synod of the Northeast and the Church has been of surprise, dismay, and deep concern for the mission led by the PMA. We join the many voices from within our Church family calling for a pastoral response that apologizes for the pain this campaign has caused, particularly in the areas of race and gender rights, and substance abuse awareness.

Furthermore, we call for an audit of the creation, development and financial implications of this campaign, and for transparency regarding who will be responsible to absorb the $65,000 that retiring and redrafting this campaign will cost.

We affirm that as Presbyterians in the Northeast we are called and have committed ourselves to live with, learn from, love, and work alongside the multiple diversities in our region. We call on the PMA and the whole church to respond and commit to this call in our joint witness and mission.

We further call on our presbyteries and congregations to encourage giving to the special offerings of our denomination as a way to bless the intercultural realities and opportunities for ministry in our midst, and as witness to our willingness to learn from and be transformed by others.

Perhaps this is our wake up call to embrace the new realities and gifts within our life together. We encourage all expressions of our Presbyterian Church USA to join together in a season of deep reflection, repentance and hopeful imagination in discovering how we might live into God’s desire for us to become the Beloved Community where such missteps are corrected, and new deeper sensitivity may flourish.

Leadership Team
Rev. Thia Reggio, Moderator
Rev. David Ashby, Commission Chair
Elder Warren McNeill, Moderator-elect
Elder Alan Ford, Treasurer

Mission Team
Rev. Harold Delhagen, Synod Leader
Rev. Nancy Talbot, Stated Clerk
Rev. Amaury Tañón-Santos, Synod Networker
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