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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Jointly written prayer of the Synod Mission and Ministries Commission:

God of all. God is here
God of the future, of guidance, of love, of hospitality, diversity and new things

We thank you for the opportunity to be your hands.
We follow the new commandment (of loving one another).
We ask for courage and determination as we do not always extend your love and hospitality.

Empower us by your Holy Spirit. Give us eyes to see as you see and know as you know understanding that you have already equipped us so that we may instill hope, that your church may survive and thrive.

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Representatives and officers from the Synod will gather in the next few minutes in the first Synod Mission and Ministries Commission. Formerly known as the Synod Council, the Synod Commission is the representative body of the Synod as repurposed in the #NewWayForward.

Prayers are requested for all in attendance, and for safe travels. Leading the Synod Commission for 2015 and 2016:
- Rev. David Ashby, Chair
- Rev. Nancy Talbot, Synod Stated Clerk

#SynodNEFirstCommission #ANewThingPCUSA
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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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