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Thank you!

Did you know that over 95 voices gave input to our synod assembly? Or that we heard from over 75 voices during plenary sessions and worship? Thank you to everyone who gave input, shared their stories, volunteered, and who committed to confronting racism in our synod and society. 

Learn more about what happened at this year's assembly here

View an album of photos.

Read passages from Prayer on the Way.

See the summary of actions.

Assembly Videos 


Confronting racism through connection, commitment, courage
Our 2016 Synod Assembly set the stage for the work we need to do in regards to anti-racism and celebrated the ways we support one another in ministry. View this recap of all three days here


Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas Shares What it Means to be Church
Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, professor at Goucher College and Episcopal priest, served as our 2016 Synod Assembly Preaching Theologian. In her first address to the assembly, she shares what it means to be church in times like these. Watch this video.


Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas' Keynote Address
In her keynote address to the assembly, she explores deeper how our society and nation came to be where it is today and what it means to be in a stand your ground culture. Watch this video.


Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas and Divine Justice
In her final address to the assembly, she speaks of how we seek God's divine justice and what this means to our culture. Watch this video.


Bishop Keshomshara's Sermon (Luke 10:25-37)
Rev. Dr. Abednego Keshomshara, Bishop of the Northwest Diocese of Tanzania preached on the story of the Good Samaritan and partnerships shared over twenty years between Northwest Diocese and Metropolitan New York Synod. Watch this video.


Ecumenical Guests at our Assembly
Each year our assembly welcomes ecumenical partners that bring greetings to our synod. In 2016, we welcomed the Rev. Derek Lecakes, Bishop/President, Atlantic District of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; the Rev. Mark Tamman, General Presbyter, The Presbytery of Long Island; and the Rev. Dr. Brian McWeeney, Director, Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Archdiocese of New York. Watch this video.


Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley's Sermon (John 4:5-42)
Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley, Regional Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York shared greetings and a sermon on our need to be in the "ish" of life. Watch this video


Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo's Sermon (Luke 10:1-20)
Bishop Rimbo preaches on going on your way, curing the sick, and our expectations at our 2016 Synod Assembly. Watch this video.

Stay tuned for more videos!

Reports to the Assembly



Section A: 
Welcome and Voting Materials
Includes reports from Reference and Counsel and the Nominations and Elections Committee. This section will be printed for voting members who did not choose the Guidebook Discount at registration.


Agenda and Worship Materials
Our time together will be centered in worship and prayer with the our schedule integrated into the worship materials. 



Bishop's Report to the Assembly
Hear Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo's account of ministry in our synod over the past year. 



Section B: 
Reports from Synod Council, Staff, Conferences, Committees, and Partner Organizations
Read about the wide range of ministries happening in our midst and the impact your support makes.


Section C: 
Financial Reports
See out audited financial statements, mission support records, and proposed budgets. 



Mark your calendar!



2017 Synod Assembly

May 11-13, 2017

Westchester Marriott



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