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 Synod Mission Team is gathering today in retreat, and to sketch it's 2015 mission plan.

From the morning devotional (Romans 16:25-27) they have entered in conversation about the theological aspects of the connectional nature of the Reformed and Presbyterian traditions. The Stated Clerk challenged the conversation further by saying that "we are not (yet) who we are to become".

Prayers are welcomed! The Synod Mission Team are:

Rev. Harold Delhagen, Synod Leader
Rev. Nancy Talbot, Stated Clerk
Rev. Amaury Tañón-Santos, Synod Networker
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The Leadership Team of the Synod is meeting this morning to set some strategies and goals for the 2015 mission year.
The Leadership Team of the Synod is comprised of:

Rev. Thia Reggio, Moderator
Rev. Nancy Talbot, Stated Clerk
Warren McNeill, Moderator-elect
Rev. David Ashby, Chair, Synod's Ministry and Mission Commission
Alan Ford, Treasurer
Rev. Harold Delhagen, Synod Leader

Prayers requested! Comments welcome!
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