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Winter 2019 News

MISSION & MINISTRY COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS


The Mission & Ministry Commission gathered in Albany on January 25-26 for their first of three meetings in 2019. Here is a brief overview of the major happenings & conversations.

Welcoming New Members
This January marks the start of a new term of service, and we are delighted to welcome six new presbytery representatives, in addition to the 15 returning members. (Four presbyteries have yet to appoint their representatives.)

To read brief bios of each new member and to learn about the wealth of experience, gifts, and talents they bring to the service of our larger community, check out the full article here.

Grants Awarded
The Mission Working Group (MWG) reviewed applications and awarded four grants for innovation projects & emerging gospel communities as well as one for ecumenical support. Check out our webpage to learn about all our 2019 grant partners.

Due to market volatility, by the decision of the Commission the MWG is limiting the awards funded in the first half of 2019 and anticipates postponing its major Innovation & Emerging Gospel Community Grant review cycle from May (April deadline) to September (early September deadline).

Synod Calendar of Major Events
The Administrative Working Group has reviewed the schedule of the Synod’s major events and the Commission adopted the standardized calendar they recommended, which will help the various planning teams, staff, and larger Synod community prepare for these opportunities to gather with one another. For more details and the strategy that inspired the new schedule, read the full article.

Other Significant Items
The Commission also discussed and approved the formation of two new initiatives: a Servant Leadership Training Institute, and a Theological Reflection Institute in partnership with the Iglesia Presbiteriana-Reformada en Cuba (IPRC). More information on both initiatives will be forthcoming as details are established.

2019 SYNOD YOUTH TRIENNIUM FUNDS


Synod scholarships of $100 are available for each youth participant and chaperone attending the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

If you or someone you know would like a Synod scholarship, contact your presbytery and let them know that you wish to attend Triennium.

Presbyteries must present their list identifying youth participants and chaperones to the Synod Stated Clerk by the deadline of May 14, 2019. The Synod will send a check to the presbytery for all people who are attending. We hope that many will take advantage of the opportunity to attend Triennium.

WURFFEL-SILLS SCHOLARSHIPS
& INTEREST-FREE LOANS


The Synod offers financial support for undergraduate and seminary studies to students who are members of Presbyterian congregations within the Synod of the Northeast.

The deadline for 2019-2020 applications is April 1, 2019 (no joke!).

For more information on the program, eligibility, and how to apply, visit our Wurffel-Sills webpage.

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE


As the Synod continues to work toward greater inclusivity that fully welcomes and celebrates the participation of the many diversities present in our community, we strive to connect our members with quality resources to assist this transformation.

The annual White Privilege Conference is one such resource.

For more information about the conference and some special opportunities for members of the Synod community, read the full article.

NATIONAL SYNOD EXECUTIVES FORUM


January marked our Synod's turn to host the Synod Executives' Forum for synod leaders from across the PC(USA). Embracing our call to promote diversity, inclusion, and racial justice, our planning team chose to coordinate a field trip to the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial to Peace & Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.

This gathering was unique in that in addition to the Synod Executives, each of the 16 Synods was invited to bring their moderators and additional key leaders.

Synod Moderator, Jacinth Hanson, Synod Mission & Ministries Commission Moderator, Warren McNeil, and Synod Administrative Coordinator, Lori Hylton (who served on the planning team and provided staff support) represented the Synod of the Northeast during the gathering.

To read more about the event and the response of participants, check out this article published by the Office of the General Assembly.
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CREATION CORNER

As we work together to learn new ways to better care for our environment, we will periodically share some resources with you here.

As we approach the 2019 Lenten season, we lift up a free daily email Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast produced by the New England Regional Environmental Ministries (NEREM). 

This is a great resource for learning small practical steps we can implement in our daily lives, as well as how to engage our faith communities in conversation on this topic.
 
Check it out and sign up for the Lenten emails here!

IMPORTANT DATES

Wurffel-Sills Applications Due
April 1, 2019

Emerging Gospel Community & Innovation Grant Applications Due
April 12, 2019 (tentative)
Likely postponed to Sept. 6

Early Ministry Institute (EMI)
April 28 - May 2, 2019
Register by: April 17

Presbyterian Youth Triennium Scholarship Requests Due
May 14, 2019
Requests by presbyteries
to Stated Clerk, Nancy Talbot

Come to the Table
November 8-9, 2019
Stony Point Center
Stony Point, NY
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Check out the latest events & job postings from ministries across the Synod.

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