From a Lay Leader's Desk

A series of opinion articles from lay leaders in our synod.


A Letter from DEM Branden Dupree on the Grand Opening of the Unidad Y Fe Ministry

Sep 14, 2022


The leadership and the staff of the Metropolitan New York Synod (MNYS) join Bishop Paul Egensteiner and Pastor/ Developer, The Rev. Leticia Alanis, along with the Christian Community & Leadership Home Area of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), community leaders, and local supporters to cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the opening of Unidad y Fé, a multicultural Latiné Synodically Authorized Worshipping community (SAWC) in Woodhaven, NY.


Designed by the acclaimed firm Caples Jefferson Architects, the light-filled multi-purpose worship space is the culmination of former Lutheran congregations living into the vision of being Christ connected in the community. The Lutheran mission of Unidad y Fé is an integral part of this communal movement — creating a textured space in the world where everyone can experience the love of Jesus and the grace of the Holy Spirit present in their lives.


Today, we celebrate not only the completion of this beautiful, new space but the fulfillment of a Lutheran vision in Woodhaven that seeks to honor both a distinct and significant legacy while actualizing it through exciting and innovative ministry. Unidad y Fé is a cultural asset that communicates the hopes of the past and connects the possibilities unique to the future of our Synod.


- Via Mr. Branden Dupree, Director for Evangelical Mission/ Assistant to the Bishop, MNYS