June 19, 2015 The Synod of the Northeast PCUSA Leadership and Mission Teams lift in prayer all those suffering in the aftermath of the murders of our African American brothers and sisters in Charleston, SC.
The Synod of the Northeast Mission and Ministry Commission meets next week. We vow to develop an action plan to continue the work we have begun with others in response to the racism, hatred and sanctioning of violence that gave rise to the act of terror that occurred in Charleston this week. Our mourning must give way to acts that show we are truly one in Christ with those who have died and those who are suffering the aftershocks of terror and trauma. It is our actions rather than our words alone that will bring about God's will of justice and peace. In the meantime, we offer the following prayer. Please click here to read more.
The Synod Leadership and Mission teams developed the attached statement concerning the remedial case GAPJC 2014-05 James MacKellar v. Synod of the Northeast. Below please find the statement in English, Spanish and Korean.
Click here for the link to the GAPJC decision in the remedial case of James MacKellar vs. the Synod of the Northeast.
Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo received the Katherine Hawes Award, which recognizes ministries that engage youth in all areas of the church’s mission, extending beyond the church into the community and the world. The youth fundraise all year for an annual mission trip to Hartford, Maine, where they assist the community in preparing for winter. The youth bunk and worship daily with the Hartford Community Church. The Hartford church then sends their youth group to reciprocate in the Buffalo community. A bond was formed between two communities that dwell 600 miles apart but only inches apart in mission.
As we move into our New Way Forward as the Synod of the Northeast we celebrate the many ways we are able to resource and support one another in mission and innovation. In this first edition of our Mission and Innovation Newsletter we are delighted to share with you some of the ways we are encouraging new expressions of mission and cultivating new areas of innovation in partnership with our presbyteries and congregations. We share these in order to stir your passion for mission in your place, and to inspire new work as you reflect on these endeavors. As you engage in this reflection you are invited to contact our staff to find ways your Synod Community might come along side you in your dreams for new ministry. Click here for the Newsletter
Dear Friends, I deeply value the community of love and care that surrounds my family and me. I feel it's important to honor that gift by sharing a great concern that has come into my life. Last month I was diagnosed with what is identified as stage 4 prostate cancer which includes metastasis to some lymph nodes.