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Autumn 2018 News


A little more than a year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the recovery efforts are still only just beginning. The Synod of the Northeast remains committed to standing with our Puerto Rican siblings for the long-haul.
At its November meeting, the Mission & Ministries Commission welcomed the Rev. Edwin González-Castillo again, in person this time, and in his new role as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) Associate for Puerto Rico Recovery. He was joined by his colleague David Meyers, PDA Senior Advisor for 2017 Hurricane Recovery, and together they shared with the Commission the work PDA has done in Puerto Rico and their ongoing plans of partnership and support. Read more about their full visit to the Synod and ways to connect with their work in Puerto Rico.
Additionally, the Rev. Leslie Latham (Western New York) of the Synod’s Puerto Rico Partnerships Taskforce (PRPT) and Ruling Elder Joanne Tunison (Geneva) are planning back-to-back service trips with our Puerto Rican partners to the town of Lares, PR in February & March 2019. To learn more and find several ways to participate, check out their letter of invitation.


The biannual Synod Assembly adopted a “worshipful work” approach to its time together in September of this year, which helped cultivate a faith-focused sense of community and inspired great conversation.
Several young ministry leaders from across the Synod prepared a statement titled “A Confession for Such a Time as This,” which was shared during the “confession” portion of the meeting, and explored alongside the Synod Leader’s Report by the Assembly in further depth during the “receiving the Word” discussion time. The Assembly commended the Confession to the Synod’s presbyteries and congregations for study and reflection. To read more about the Assembly’s discussion and some suggested discussion questions, read the full article.
During the decision-making portion of the meeting, in the “response to the Word and prayers of the people,” the assembled body elected the Synod’s officers (among other action items). Rev. Leslie Latham (Western New York) was elected as Moderator-Elect, RE Jacinth Hanson (New York City) was installed as Moderator of the Assembly, and RE Warren McNeill (Newark) transitioned from his role as Assembly Moderator to that as Moderator of the Mission & Ministries Commission. To learn more about these roles and individuals, and for other election results, view the full article.
The Synod Assembly also welcomed some special guests during our two days together. The Rev. Dr. Diane Givens Moffett, the newly elected Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), joined us to lead worship and preach at the Assembly’s opening worship service on Friday. On Saturday, the Synod honored the Rev. Dr. Allison Seed, the Board of Pensions Church Consultant for the Northeast region, who is retiring at the end of the year. The Assembly also welcomed the Valley Stream Inspirational Community Choir, one of our Innovation Grant recipients, whose music leadership in the closing worship service was indeed truly inspirational. For more on each of our guests, photos, and a video clip of the choir, click here.
Word cloud generated from Synod Assembly discussion


The Synod exists to support our member presbyteries and congregations in ways they are unable or less able to do on their own. It is a joy and privilege to encourage your witness to the Gospel in the ways we come alongside you!
In our work to support presbyteries, we are noticing a growing need across our region to explore new ways of living and working together in service to Christ, one another, and your communities. It is becoming clear many of you are nearing a crossroads, a Kairos moment. It has been an honor to host and facilitate conversations between groups of presbyteries in two regions of the Synod as they explore new possibilities and a new future for life and ministry together.
Synod Leader, Harold Delhagen, writes more about the trends, possibilities, and conversations currently underway in our “Missional Structures” exploration processes.


The Mission & Ministry Commission gathered at the Stony Point Center on November 2-3 for their third and final meeting of the year.
The Mission Working Group reviewed applications and awarded 2019 Campus Ministry Grants as well as the last round of 2018 Innovation & Emerging Gospel Community Grants. The awards and ministry descriptions will be added to the Synod website in the next few weeks after all recipients and applicants have been notified of their award status. (Innovation & EGCs: 2018 Grantees; Campus Ministry: 2019 Grantees)
With the term cycle shift approaching with the new year, the Commission also thanked the members and officers rotating off its roles and bid them farewell. We are so grateful for their service and ministry! We will miss each of them, and yet we also look forward to meeting the new members in January. If your presbytery has not yet elected your representative, we encourage you to pursue this in the remainder of the year. Read more for details on our departing members and ways to serve.


The above represents only a small glimpse into the life and work of the Synod! There are so many more wonderful things happening in our region. What a blessing!
For example, just last weekend, 35 young people (ages 21-39), including a delegation from Puerto Rico, gathered for the yearly 2018 Young Ministry Leaders Gathering, and representatives from our New Jersey presbyteries and Synod staff traveled to Cuba to affirm our historic and ongoing relationships with Presbyterians there. We don’t have time or space to share more details here, but watch our social media channels for more on these and other Synod activities.
Thank you so much for your partnership with us! It is a gift to serve alongside you!
2018 Young Ministry Leaders Gathering participants
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Synod Office Closed for Thanksgiving
November 22-23, 2018

Synod Office Closed for Christmas Break
Dec. 24, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019

First 2019 Innovation Grant Application Deadline
January 4, 2019




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