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Synod Overtures at General Assembly and More!
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June Synod Happenings

A Response to Orlando, Synod Overtures to General Assembly, New Worshiping Communities Serving Brazilian Immigrants, Harold Reflects on Visit to Korea, New Resources!

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An Introduction to the Synod of the Northeast

A RESPONSE TO GUN VIOLENCE IN ORLANDO

The Rev. Thia Reggio, the Synod Moderator, has written the following in the wake of the senseless acts of violence that took place at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando. We join together in prayer and action.
 
"Suddenly, there is death in the midst of life. Again. There is pain, shock, grief, too much familiarity, and too little hope of change. Then come the labels, the meaning making, attempts to understand, but more than that, attempts to create distance between ourselves and the shooters, between ourselves and the dead. Some will blame the victims, some will demonize and dehumanize the killers. The truth is that human beings died and human beings did the killing. What is needed to bring peace is not another story that explains away our own connection and lays blame far from our doors. What is needed is self-reflection followed by clear action from within our own shared humanity. Whatever we have been doing is not working. Whatever side of the conversation you have been on, it is in the freshness of this new wound that there may be a new opening to let God's voice into it. For just one moment, listen for a new word because no one is immune to violence in a world that greets news like last night's shooting with the words, "Not again." Until we commit ourselves to making those words a reality, we cannot say we have done enough."

THE SYNOD GOES TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY


General Assembly is right around the corner and we are gearing up to have a powerful presence in Portland. We are sending two overtures to the Assembly asking for changes in the Book of Order to help us live more fully into our intention to become a truly inclusive middle council. This is a request for a constitutional interpretation to resolve tensions in the sections of the Book of Order related to “unity in diversity” and “openness” and the section concerning “governed by presbyters.”

Please read the overtures and help us by spreading the news to your presbytery commissioners. You can also follow us on Twitter @SynodNE.

We are also hosting a reception on June 21 at the Galleria North, Hilton from 7-10pm. We hope you will join us if you are in Portland! 

NORTHERN NEW YORK HOLDS FIRST COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY RETREAT

The first retreat for the Northern NY Committee On Ministry Network was a great success. They met in Albany, NY over the weekend of May 20th. There were participants from all five of the presbyteries in the network (Albany, Cayuga-Syracuse, Susquehanna Valley, Northern New York and Utica), and some guests from other presbyteries close by as well. It was such a benefit to be in the same physical space as one another and to put faces and stories to our ministry settings.

In our workshops there were many discussions around topics relating to the work we do as Committees on Ministry. Emerging from these workshops were ideas for how the various presbyteries in the Network can share resources and build ministries. Read more >

HAROLD, OUR SYNOD LEADER, REFLECTS ON RECENT VISIT TO KOREA WITH MOONGIL CHO

To break bread with those we don’t know well and to enter each other’s homes is something Jesus modeled for us time and again. The opportunity to use continuing educations funds allowed me to visit Korea. Here I entered into homes of our Synod-wide Korean community. I was blessed to have the Rev. Moongil Cho, Executive Presbyter for the Eastern Korean Presbytery (EKP), as my traveling partner and translator. EKP started within the bounds of our Synod in order to address the needs of our Korean speaking members in 1997. My interest in making this trip was simply to go, listen, and learn from the cultural roots of our Korean members. As is often the case with journeys such as these, the results were far more profound. Read more >

WANT TO JOIN US AT SYNOD ASSEMBLY?

The Assembly is gearing up for October 14-15 and it is time for presbyteries to elect commissioners. Each presbytery can send two ruling elders, two teaching elders and a youth advisory delegate. Please be in touch with your presbytery's nominating committee if you are interested in serving! And read here for answers to frequently asked questions. 

RESOURCES FROM THE SYNOD COMMUNITY

Carl Wilton, Stated Clerk of Monmouth Presbytery and Overture Advocate for the Synod overtures, has written a book called Principles of Presbyterian Polity. Pastors, church leaders, and students of Presbyterian polity will find this a useful guide to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) governance based on foundational principles. Wilton explains the Book of Order’s historic principles of church order in accessible language, providing readers with a lively appreciation of the revolutionary principles that guided the Presbyterian experiment in the New World and are still the beating heart of church life today.
Introducing Faithful Resistance by Rick Ufford-Chase! Rick has touched the deep longing that exists in so many of us who are Christian in the United States, and responded with ideas that offer a future we know God has in store for us but can’t seem to imagine is really possible. Eleven contributing authors offer their own ideas for ways to move the Christian church to a place of faithfulness in the midst of the empire, and Rick adds his own observations about the compromised condition of our church institutions with concrete suggestions for bringing us home to the heart of the gospel.
 
What Is Queer? [Queer + Christian]
Parity, our mission partner, just released a series of five videos called Queer+Christian designed to help queer youth reconcile their sexuality and gender identities with their faith. These are good for adults, too! We hope you might watch, enjoy, learn and share with others. Click on their first video, above, with John Russell Stanger and Candace Simpson as they talk about the history, evolution, and use of the word "queer" and what it means to have an assets based approach to being queer and Christian.
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SYNOD SPOTLIGHT

The Rev. Paulo Lima

Paulo Lima first came to the United States to assist another pastor in his ministry. He quickly discovered, however, that in many communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Brazilian immigrants lacked a church home. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Synod G.A. Reception and Conversation
June 21, 7-10pm
@Galleria North, Hilton Portland &Executive Tower

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Meeting
June 18-25
Portland, OR

The Presbyterian Youth Triennium
July 19-July 23
@ Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN​

Synod Assembly 
October 14-15
The Desmond Hotel
Albany, NY
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