Dec
15
11:00 am11:00

How to Become a Sanctuary Community 101 Webinar

What does it mean for a church to offer sanctuary? Since the 1980s churches have been using their space to offer protection and rest to people who are under threat of deportation or other danger because of their immigration status. Now is the time for many more of us to be prepared to offer this kind of gospel hospitality. 

Join the Synod of the Northeast and the National Sanctuary Movement for a webinar on Thursday December 15 at 11 am EST. Learn what Sanctuary has been, and what it might look like  after January 20, 2017. Hear from Presbyterian pastors like John Fife and Allison Harrington who have helped start and shape the Sanctuary movement. Learn how your congregation can discern together whether to offer sanctuary and how. 

This is the work of Advent. We wait actively for the Prince of Peace who will come to dwell among us. We wait for the one who had to flee his home to Egypt to escape violence. Together, let us prepare ourselves to welcome him. 

We look forward to engaging with you.


Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Synod of the Northeast Reception and Conversation at G.A.

  • Galleria North, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

Come join the Synod of the Northeast at General Assembly for company and conversation. We look forward to seeing you, sharing wine and cheese, and talking about the overtures we are bringing before the Assembly (https://pc-biz.org/#/search/3000096 and https://pc-biz.org/#/search/6329and our response). 

All are welcome (not just members of the Synod of the Northeast)!

Jun
18
Jun 25

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Meeting

  • Portland, Oregon USA

Get plans in motion now for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 18–25, in Portland, Oregon.

Registration is now open. Please completely read the instructions on the How to Register page before you get started!

Commissioners and advisory delegates from all 171 PC(USA) presbyteries, along with other participants and observers from around the world, will converge on the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in downtown Portland for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination’s biennial gathering.

Hosted by the Presbytery of the Cascades and united under the theme “The Hope in Our Calling,” from Ephesians 1:18, the General Assembly will include rich worship services, the election of the Moderator, action on a plethora of overtures, and much more. View the proposed docket.

May
6
May 7

8 State Prison Re-Entry Conference Sponsored by the Prison Ministry and Re-Entry Network

  • The Stony Point Center

We will focus on the trauma of incarceration, how it impacts 3 areas of Re-entry: Jobs, Housing, Family Reintegration, and which trauma-informed ministries are addressing these areas effectively. Most of the speakers will be men and women who were formerly incarcerated.

Primary purpose: To identify 'best practices' in Re-Entry work in the 8 Northeastern states... practices that we can learn from and perhaps emulate in our areas. For faith communities throughout the Northeast to learn about and share effective re-entry ministries throughout New York, New Jersey, and the six New England states. What's being dong in Bangor, Maine may be useful in Trenton, New Jersey. Methods that help formerly incarcerated people in Buffalo, New York better adjust to life on the outside may be directly applicable in programs in Providence, Rhode Island.

COST

$50 per person for double occupancy.
Single occupancy is $95.
Covers all meals and room. 

This event is organized by the Prison Ministry Network of the Synod of the Northeast of the Presybterian Church (U.S.A.). This is, however, not an exclusively Presybterian event. All who are involved in or interested in prison ministry are welcome — across lines of faith traditions!