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.

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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.

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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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A 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.

Supporting Presbyteries

We are aware that our presbyteries were created in a previous era of growth and prosperity. Many presbyteries are half the size they had been at their creation. The result has included loss of staff leadership, drain on volunteer leadership as well as significant financial pressures. The Synod will need to facilitate and encourage opportunities for our presbyteries to explore new ways of working together and perhaps reconfiguring themselves.

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Mission and Innovation Newsletter

As we move into our New Way Forward as the Synod of the Northeast we celebrate the many ways we are able to resource and support one another in mission and innovation. In this first edition of our Mission and Innovation Newsletter we are delighted to share with you...

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