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Synod News, Opportunities, and Events

Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership (REPL) Program seeks Coordinator

Our Synod Gives Scholarship Money to Racial-Ethnic Pastors-in-Training!
Would you like a job to help us give this needed money to deserving seminarians? Do you know of someone else who might be interested?
LINK:  Details, Information, and Application


•• Come to learn about the effort to develop a “pro se” legal clinic for refugee women and children coming from Central America.

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Please note the following meeting for all members of Synod of Southern California and Hawaii to learn more about the effort to develop a “pro se” legal clinic for refugee women and children coming from Central America.

Meeting Details
Sunday, December 6, 2015
4-6 pm meeting, with dinner immediately following
If you stay for dinner, please plan on contributing $10 towards the cost of the dinner.

Iglesia de la Comunidad
115 N. Avenue 53
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Please RSVP by Nov. 29 to WENDY GIST or call Iglesia at (323) 257-4352.

This effort was spearheaded by Presbytery of the Pacific and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, who called for help to respond to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors and mothers coming into the United States to seek asylum from the violence in their home countries. Most of these individuals were detained and then deported, and some were killed upon return to their countries. Later, a federal judge ruled that the remaining refugees be released from detention to homes of family members, and several thousand people were sent to Southern California.

Rev. Heidi Worthen-Gamble, mission advocate for Presbytery of the Pacific, has developed relationships with Guillermo Torres of CLUE-LA, the Guardian Angels Program of the ELCA (Lutheran Church), the Acompanero/a program with the Episcopal Diocese, and CARECEN, the Central American Resource Center, to develop a “Legal Orientation Program” which will connect refugees with legal service providers as well as social, mental health, and medical service providers as they prepare for court appearances at the Los Angeles Immigration Court and Asylum Office, though the refugees are being resettled throughout Southern California.

San Fernando Presbytery has already provided help to some of the refugees, and individuals throughout our Synod have volunteered as Guardian Angels. Many of us have prayed about this crisis and wondered how to help, and this meeting will give us the information about the program and how all of us can participate in this ecumenical effort.

Please make every effort to attend, and let us know if you want to eat with us! Blessings to you for your concern, and prayers for peace and the comfort of Jesus Christ be with all the refugees, especially at this time, when the great tragedy in Paris has caused our government to step away from refugees fleeing violence in their countries.

Please forward this to others who may be interested—but please be sure they RSVP in time so Iglesia can prepare!

We have much to be thankful for; let us be open to sharing some of our blessings with others.
On behalf of many who have worked on this effort, I bid you peace.
Wendy Tajima
Executive Presbyter
Presbytery of San Gabriel

•• Pacifc Presbytery Embraces Critical Global Initiatives

"I think it has moved us to a new place as a presbytery,” says the Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, mission catalyst at Presbytery of the Pacific, referring to the presbytery’s approach to engaging in the three critical global initiatives of Presbyterian World Mission. These initiatives are reconciliation in cultures of violence, addressing root causes of poverty and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ."
Read the article HERE

•• Los Ranchos Mission Blog

A misson-related blog from Los Ranchos Presbytery shares news of mission opportunities within the presbytery, as well as within the wider church. Blog Link

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance


Churchwide Events & News


Dubuque's Online CLP/CRE Lay Ministry Program Courses

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that the university will be offering nine online courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders in the CLP/CRE lay ministry program, scheduled from February 1 to May 13. Full details, course listings, etc. are provided in the informational flyer listed below.

PDFChristian Leadership Program:Foundational Courses for Laity


Doska's Corner

Please use scroll bar as needed, or read as single column HERE. A list of archived reports is available at the same link.

Report of Synod Executive to Commission of Assembly

October 3, 2015

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert… to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise.
Isaiah 43:18-21

          Some of us are just presbytery junkies, and I own up to this addiction!  During September I had the opportunity to be present at six presbytery meetings within 15 days’ time. I had to miss San Gabriel’s meeting because it occurred at the same time Santa Barbara was saying goodbye to its Executive, Jan Armstrong, and I really wanted to be there to honor and thank him for his service.
         t was fascinating to observe the similarities and differences from meeting to meeting; each presbytery definitely has its own character and culture. Even more interesting is how the “feel” of those meetings has changed over the last few years. We have turned a corner. Most have moved from anger, sorrow and grief to being able once again to rejoice in our shared ministries, to laugh at corny jokes, and to focus on what appears to be a much more positive future, one that holds out promise and hope. What joy it is to see that most of us are now refocused and eager to move into the many ways God is calling us forward! This includes over 25 new worshipping communities, some of whom we’ll learn about at the Synod Assembly in November.
         Another of these new prospects was evident in a gathering last week of what used to be the Southern California Ecumenical Council. This 100-year old group which has long been supported by Presbyterians is becoming a new thing – instead of a board, they will be meeting in a forum configuration, open to anyone who is interested in the topic of the day. I’ll be letting you know about these opportunities as they arise in the months to come. What joy to work together across ecumenical lines on ministries God is placing in front of us!
         Many of you have asked about the conversations occurring among the synods about our future. I’ve told you in previous reports about the consultations we’ve had with the Synods of the Southwest and Pacific. At the end of November Maurice Caskey and Bill Hughes will accompany me to Dallas where folks from all 16 synods will gather to decide how to answer the GA mandate to create a new configuration of ten to twelve synods. At this point it seems doubtful that any synods are willing to merge with each other; most, like us, have found that there are plenty of ways to do ministry together, but that merging is not necessary or desirable for that to happen. There are overtures going to GA asking that the mandate be rescinded and presbyteries across the country are considering whether to concur in that request. Right now, I’m guessing that we will continue to exist as the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, at least into the near future. So we are called up to find new ways to focus our time and attention on supporting the presbyteries in this region as they support the congregations and ministries. Thank you for the part you play in this endeavor!  What joy it is to sing God’s praise in the midst of everything in which we are and will be involved. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for us. Praise be to God!

Within the Synod

SYNOD Grants, Scholarships, and Funding

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Please download the PDF 2015 Partnering Grants Protocol to learn how the synod may be able to assist your congregation.




Every World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday in October) is an opportunity for taking the Peacemaking Offering, a quarter of which goes to the Synod committee responsible for peacemaking awareness and events, a quarter to the local presbytery (if still organized for such gospel-based witness), and a half of the offering to G.A. In its 34th year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is surely among the finest ventures of Christian discipleship our church has been involved with.

PDF Application guidelines for Synod Peacemaking funds are available at this link.


PC (U.S.A.)

Funds are also available through the Mission Grants program at PC (U.S.A.) Their 2014 deadlines are included in the information brochure or as a stand-alone deadlines page.




Synod staff

Phone: 213.483-3840
FAX: 818-891-0212

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS    ext. 109    

Office Manager & Meeting Coordinator
FRIED WILSON     ext. 110
( Email)

Finance Manager
DAVID SUAREZ   ext. 107
( Email )

REPL Coordinator
LEON E. FANNIEL   ext. 103
( Email )


synod officers 2015

Moderator—Rev. Kristin Leucht

Stated Clerk: RE Doska Ross

Vice-Mod.— RE Maurice Caskey

Treas.—RE Bill Hughes

CoA Moderator— RE Jo Smith


synod documents

PDF   Grant Information—Synod and PC (USA)
PDF  PC (USA) 2014 Grant deadlines only

PDF  Ministry Programs & Projects Opportunities

PDF   Synod By-laws rev. Nov. 2013
PDF   Synod Standing Rules rev. April 2012
PDF Synod Mission Design rev. Nov. 2013


      Rev. Leon E. Fanniel
      Phone 213.483-3840, ext. 103   

Our Synod Gives Scholarship Money to Racial-Ethnic Pastors-in-Training! 
Would you like a job to help us give this needed money to deserving seminarians? 
Do you know of someone else who might be interested?

The Synod of Southern California and Hawaii is searching to call a Coordinator for the Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership (REPL) Program. This is a four-hour a week paid position as a member of the Synod staff; hours are very flexible.  

Qualifications include:
• Be passionate about supporting racial ethnic leaders in the church
• Be a member of a presbytery or a congregation within the synod 
• Be a ruling or teaching elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Position Description and Application:

1. Position Description
PDF  PDF    OR     PDF  MS Word

2. Application

Application may be completed online in either version below
PDF  Application in online MS Word format (Clicking on the link will download it)
PDFApplication in online PDF format
You MUST DOWNLOAD this version before working on it; clicking on the form to open it will not be sufficient.

Please return to the synod office before December 4, 2015.

Questions about the position?
Call 213-483-3840 x 109 or 110  or         send email to synodadmin@synod.org
Synod Office:
14225 Roscoe Blvd.,
Panorama City, CA 91402

PDF REPL's May 2015 Report



• Synod Commission of Assembly (CoA)

• Synod Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC)

• Committee on Representation and Nominations (CR&N);

• Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Committee (REPL);

• Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC)

• Polity & Records



• Monte Vista Grove Homes, Inc.
( Presbyterian Camp and Conference
Centers, Inc)

• Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Commission, Inc.

Synod of the Nile, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt

Related to the Synod through the Commission of Assembly

• Presbyterian Men
Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners


Southern California Ecumenical Council