Friday, September 26
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Global Week of Action against Gun Violence/Season of Peace
The Synod of the Northeast
The Synod of the Northeast includes 1,115 congregations throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. In the fall of 2011 the synod assembly decided to enter into a season of discernment about its future direction and purpose. By the end of the first year, we had concluded that gathering at the regional level allowed presbyteries and their congregations to support one another and share resources and was therefore both necessary and desirable.
In our reflections we have rediscovered two key strengths of the synod: our racial ethnic diversity and the emergence of many new and passionate young leaders. We have enjoyed a strong legacy of racial and ethnic leadership, a gift reinvigorated through an annual racial ethnic convocation and quarterly racial ethnic roundtable conversations. Gathering at Princeton Theological Seminary in April 2013, we celebrated this legacy and our many new racial and ethnic partners. The synod also has a long-standing program to support those who are starting first calls to ministry, the Early Ministry Institute. Plans for an emerging leaders’ convocation are under way, so that these young leaders might be more fully welcomed and nurtured throughout our regional community.
—Rev. Harold M. Delhagen, transitional leader, Synod of the Northeast
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
“Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isa. 43: 18–19). Amen.