With the guidance of the Rev. Victor Aloyo, Pastor at la Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras in Plainfield, NJ, Acción Presbiteriana is being revamped to meet those needs. “In conversations with parents and ministers in churches that are in survival mode, we have come together as a larger community to develop a platform that is more relevant to this generation of youth and emerging leaders,” says Aloyo. “We hear so many reports about how many youth are leaving the church, and we know that many emerging leaders are dissatisfied and disillusioned with the structure of the church that impedes growth and relationship building. So we are doing our part to walk alongside youth and young adults.”
Commission Moderator Thia Reggio led a fish bowl discussion with the Synod Mission Team – Synod Leader Harold Delhagen, Stated Clerk Nancy Talbot and Synod Networker Amaury Tanon-Santos in which she asked four questions: 1-What is the mission team and how does it work? 2-What three things have been your foci since the last commission meeting? 3-What do you see as the most pressing matter for the Synod between now and the next meeting? 4-What do you see as the challenges and the positives of the New Way Forward? As each mission team member answered, it wove together a tapestry of the individual and collective daily work that helps to move the Synod forward. As always, we broke for meals and enjoyed fellowship and worship. Everyone left knowing that we had done good work on behalf of the Synod.
The highlights for the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast 2016 fit nicely under the four tenets of the Presbyterian Women’s pledg