Synod office closed for Fourth of July holidayJuly 4

In celebration of Independence Day, the Synod of the Trinity office will be closed Friday, July 3. The office will reopen on Monday, July 6, at 8:30 a.m.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

“Jesus tells us in scripture that we are in the world, but not of the world. We must determine how to live that out. We, even the church, are part of this world of violence and hatred. Yet we as followers of Christ are not fully of that world. We follow a different path, the path of love. How do we live as followers of that path in a world where these acts are our present reality?”
–Barbara Chaapel, Synod of the Trinity Moderator


Synod Moderator Barbara Chaapel delivers powerful message

IMG_2922On the morning of June 22, the Synod of the Trinity opened its Assembly Meeting in State College, PA, with a collective heavy heart in the wake of a shooting in Charleston, S.C., that took the lives of nine men and women who were taking part in a Bible Study in their church. Emotions from that event carried over into the two-day assembly meeting that included several discussions on race relations and what our presbyteries and churches can do to combat this problem.

The tone for the meeting was set by Moderator Barbara Chaapel, who opened with challenging remarks that resonated throughout the conference hall and will be felt for a long time to come. Read Barbara’s message by clicking here.

Synod Transitional Executive Susan Wonderland responds to Charleston tragedy

Color_BC_design_2_115x119The story of Charleston was heavy on the hearts of the Synod of the Trinity staff and leadership as we headed into our June Assembly meeting this past Monday and Tuesday (June 22-23). How do we “meet” with the events of Charleston so near to our gathering? What might that look like? How do we acknowledge the horror of these shootings? What do we add to our agenda? What do we change? What authentic opportunities might there be for us to be “with” one another as Christ-followers who are processing the reality that events like Charleston and Ferguson and Sandy Hook and — too many to name — still happen in this country?

To read Susan’s response to the tragedy in Charleston, S.C., click here.

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