SYNOD ASSEMBLY HIGHLIGHTS – August 4, 2017
After opening worship, the Synod Assembly welcomed a guest speaker, Dr. Sayed Amjad Hussain who led a conversation on Islam and the Muslim community. Dr. Hussain helped provide an introductory Muslim perspective that is much needed, and helped inaugurate the Synod’s three-year focus on Christian-Muslim Relations.
This was a timely presentation to prepare commissioners for the 2017 Mission to the USA program, whose three-year focus is also on Christian-Muslim Relations. Five congregations within the bounds of the Synod are preparing to host five Christian mission partners from Indonesia this Fall. International Partners will itinerate in four presbyteries, and are scheduled to visit with the Synod Assembly November 3-4, 2017. The fall Mission to the USA Program will start with an orientation on October 13 and end with a debriefing on November 3. Those interested in participating in the 2018 program please contact the synod office by phone or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Synod’s Welcome Refugees Coordinator, Kathy Angi, led the opening worship and closed the Assembly with a brief update on the synod’s initiative to offer grants to congregations hosting refugees from Iraq and Syria. She offered her expertise and assistance to congregations exploring ways to practice hospitality with refugees.
The summer Assembly included focus on listening and conversations with Presbytery Moderators, or Vice Moderators, who reflected on the context of their ministry. Nine of the eleven presbyteries participated: Cincinnati, Detroit, Eastminster, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Mackinac, Maumee Valley, Miami Valley, and Muskingum Valley.
The Mobile Health Fair Ministry program served their last fair for the season on the same day of the Assembly. Lead by six young adults, the program conducted free health fairs and screened numerous clients and where assisted by many volunteers. The MHF team traveled in Michigan and Ohio and represented the church very well. Final report will be shared soon. The Synod is grateful to the ministry of the Presbyterian Women and for their support to the program. PW also collected and donated all the hygiene kits. We are also grateful to the congregations and many Presbyterians who collaborated with the synod to sponsor, host, and serve our communities through the ministry of free health fairs.
The 2016 November and this summer Assembly approved important changes to the College and Seminary scholarship grants. ALL Presbyterian college and seminary students are now eligible to apply for scholarships; the due date is October 1, 2017. New Covenant Grant Applications are also due on October 1, 2017. Applications and criteria are posted on the Synod’s website: https://synodofthecovenant.org/