2018 Synod Assembly: Welcome


Interim Bishop Donald J. McCoid








If you entered the front door of our Pittsburgh home, you would immediately see what has been called the Old Testament Icon of the Holy   Trinity.  It is my favorite depiction of our Triune God.  The icon writer is Andrei Rublev.   It is based on the story of Abram and the three strangers who are depicted by angels.  While depicting God is permitted by the Orthodox Church, this one is the most widely accepted Icon of the Holy Trinity.

As I extend a warm welcome to each person attending this Synod Assembly, I thought of the Rublev icon and inviting you into our synod family household for this Assembly.

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 NRSV

Showing hospitality to one another reaches across any barrier that has been created in time and place.   Hospitality begins with loving our neighbor and continues by caring about one another.  Sharing the stories of our lives and being acquainted with the thoughts and experiences of others should provide us with opportunities to grow in our life together in Christ’s love.

I am fully aware that this synod assembly will be different for the members of the Metropolitan New York Synod.   There is much to cherish with past leadership. There may be a feeling of uncertainty in this interim time.  Where are we and where are we going?  Yet, as Christians we are very aware that we are not forsaken.   The Holy Spirit continues to call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify the whole Christian Church and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. (Luther’s explanation to the 3rd article of the Apostles’ Creed).

Calling on the Spirit, may we gather in the love of God, showing hospitality to one another, and trusting that what we do will be to the glory of God and the renewing of Christ’s Church.

Sincerely in Christ,


The Rev. Donald J. McCoid, Interim Bishop