The Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in East Syracuse, NY, is led by Bishop John Stanley Macholz
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Grounded in Christ Jesus.
Growing in Our Witness.
Giving of Our Bounty.
Graced for the World.


This is Christ’s Church.

The Upstate New York Synod (ELCA) is an engaged, active body of people who put faith in God into action in many ways, all over Upstate New York and through partners in ministry around the world. Regardless of age, race, or status in life, members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America welcome you to join this community of faith. If you’re unfamiliar with our church, some of what you learn may surprise you.


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There is a place for you here. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.