Upstate New York Synod
Upstate New York Synod
(Formerly the Global Mission Committee)
Chairperson: Beth Walker firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 945-5539
The Upstate NY Global Ministry Team meets three times a year in winter, spring and fall and helps facilitate and tell the story of Upstate NY Synod congregational engagement with ministries around the globe. The focus of all relationships is accompaniment or walking together. The Global Ministry Team also works with the UNYS bishop to promote Companion Synod covenants and relationships with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia (ELCZa), including personnel exchanges and visits.
The GM team strives to represent the entire Upstate NY Synod in its membership. New members are welcome and desired. World Hunger and Global Ministry teams meet together at least once a year to exchange ideas and coordinate goals.
Congregational members can become a Global Ministry contact person for their congregation. Please contact the chairperson listed above!
Proactively make the abstract of accompaniment in Global Ministry concrete for the congregations of the Upstate New York Synod.
a. Maintaining contact with ELCA Global Mission personnel to learn of current opportunities for engagement,
b. Identifying, facilitating and developing resources around the ideas of Global Ministry for congregations and individuals,
c. Facilitating communication and networking between individuals from across the synod who have common interests in Global Ministry,
d. Identifying and communicating opportunities for Global Ministry engagement to congregations throughout the year but especially at the synod assembly, and
e. Inviting and challenging individuals in congregations to become leaders in Global Ministry.
The Upstate NY Synod is in a Companion Synod relationship with two other Lutheran bodies: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia (ELCZa). These relationships are designated and supported by the ELCA Global Mission office. Both relationships revolve around the idea of accompaniment, not financial support.
Pentecost Sunday has been designated by Bishop Macholz as Companion Synod Sunday in the Upstate NY Synod. For more information about our companion synods or twinning, please contact Beth Walker email@example.com or (315) 945-5539.