There are four Presbyterian mid-councils in Puerto Rico - the Sínodo de Boriquén and its three Presbyteries - Presbiterio del Noroeste, Presbiterio de San Juan, and Presbiterio del Suroeste. The Synod of the Northeast holds a historic relationship with Puerto Rican Presbyterianism: Puerto Rico was a presbytery of our predecessor Synod of New York. For more than two years, our Synod’s Mission Team has been engaged in learning and conversation with Presbyterian leaders in Puerto Rico, and the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, on matters of mission, vocation, and ministry.
The Synod is pleased to welcome Ruling Elder Lori Hylton as our new Administrative Coordinator!
Immigration is a subject constantly in the news headlines these days, but for members of our own Marturia Presbyterian Church - a New Hampshire congregation in the midst of a growing Indonesian community (Presbytery of Northern New England) - it is more than a news topic, it is a lived reality.
Languages, cultures, and immigrant realities are among the many diversities that bless and challenge our ministry as a Synod community. In seeking to be faithful to this blessing, and to stand alongside our immigrant brothers and sisters in the midst of their challenges, the Synod Commission established an Immigration Advocacy Fund at its October 2017 meeting. In doing so, the Commission invites the whole Synod community to engage with our immigrant communities and work in collaboration with them.
We are excited and delighted to welcome the Rev. Margaret Mitsuyasu as the Synod’s new Mission Coordinator.
The Mission Coordinator position was created to address our growing need for dedicated staff support to provide resourcing and relationship to those interested in applying for Innovation and Higher Education Grants, and follow up once applicants have received a grant. The position also includes oversight of the Synod’s communication strategy, as we seek to share and celebrate the stories of our Innovation Grantees, Networks, mission partners, campus ministries, new gospel communities, presbytery support, and many other endeavors with our whole Synod community. We believe Margaret will bring love, enthusiasm, and clarity to this work, helping us to continue embodying the commitments of our Way Forward.
Purpose: The Administrative Coordinator will serve as a member of the Synod Mission Team providing administrative coordination for members of the Mission Team and ensuring the effective and seamless work of the mission and ministry of the Synod. This position will be responsible for supporting logistics, communication and administrative coordination of Synod programs and governance functions, including those which support the ecclesial work of the Stated Clerk.
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.