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.

Recent News

A Call to Prayer and Action

June 19, 2015 The Synod of the Northeast PCUSA Leadership and Mission Teams lift in prayer all those suffering in the aftermath of the murders of our African American brothers and sisters in Charleston, SC. The Synod of the Northeast Mission and Ministry Commission...

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In a time where race and ethnic relations in the United States are tense (at best), the Synod of the Northeast - PCUSA continues to take on the challenge of denouncing white privilege, and to (re)claim the gift of the diversity within our region as integral to our vocation.
Today, the Working Group on Race continues its conversations on leading the Synod on the reality of the state of racial/ethnic relations in the Synod, acknowledging that US Presbyterianism is not the center of the reformed tradition any more, and leading conversations on the realities, issues and opportunities before us to living into the Church of the 21st Century.
Tomorrow, the Racial/Ethnic Roundtable gathers to listen to the stories of mission and ministry from our non-White leaders and members.
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The Synod Ministries and Mission Commission moved today into "Committee of the Whole". We are committed to the full inclusion of all who are engaged in ministry, even non-presbyters, to the discernment and decision-making of our ministry and mission together.

The Synod leadership and Commission is also considering ways in which we will continue to encourage our Synod family, and the Presbyterian Church, USA, in our discernment for full inclusion of those engaged in new, innovative, and non-traditional forms of ministry, witness and engagement on behalf of the Gospel.
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