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Synod News

THE REPL Scholarship Program is now open for spring, 2015 applications

The Racial Ethnic Pastoral Scholarship Program (REPL) is accepting applications for its spring scholarship season. Information and Application forms are available below; deadline for the Spring 2015 scholarship season is April 30, 2015. This opportunity serves racial ethnic persons engaged in preparing for church vocations, with an emphasis on pastoral ministry.

   REPL Scholarship Program Information 2015-2016 (Needed by all applicants)
  OPTION A: ( Download  both) Electronic Application Form (Parts I - III) and
                              Electronic Recommendation Form (Part IV)

    OPTION B: Application form Parts I - IV)  (complete this version offline)

     Learn more about REPL & REPL Contact Info

Synod Assembly News

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.

Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the 221st G.A. Issue Letter on the Marriage Amendment
March 27, 2015


I want to share with you a letter released by the Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly.

Dear members and friends of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Presbyteries have been engaged in conversation, discernment, and prayer concerning the recommendations from the 221st General Assembly (2014) in the nine months since Detroit, Michigan. Today, Amendment 14F (On Amending W-4.9000 Marriage) received the required majority from the presbyteries.

The approved amendment to the Book of Order lifts up the sanctity of marriage and the commitment of loving couples within the church. It also allows teaching elders to exercise their pastoral discretion in officiating weddings and in doing so “… the teaching elder may seek the counsel of the session, which has authority to permit or deny the use of church property for a marriage service.”

Though we know that this amendment received the necessary majority for approval, we encourage the congregations, presbyteries, and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to continue to be in conversation about marriage and family. We hope that such “up/down” voting does not mark the end, but the continuation of our desire to live in community; a partnership that requires prayer, the study of Scripture, listening to and with one another, and a dedication to partnership in the midst of our diversity of opinion.

We trust that God whose Word brought Creation into being is also the same Word that speaks to us today. With confidence, we believe that God calls the Church into living as a transformative community that embraces the call to be God’s beloved community in the world.


Ruling Elder Heath K. Rada
Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)


The Reverend Larissa Kwong Abazia
Vice Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)

Advisory Opinion

Grants, Scholarships, and Funding

grants & funding

Please download the Grant and Funding Information brochure to learn about funds available to congregations and presbyteries through the Synod.   There is also a Ministry Projects document that lists ministry programs and projects that will be funded from various Synod sources. These were approved at the March 2014 Synod Assembly and include: Lay Ministry Training Institute, Program for Equipping Lay Leadership, Bridges, Youth Ministry Coaching Program, and Ministry Lab Network. In addition to the Ministry Projects document, Doska's Corner (April) provides more information.




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.


Mission Grants Program
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.


To any new groups referred by a Zephyr Point Board Member, there is a special Price Package promotion/incentive to come to Zephyr Point through April, 2015. The package includes a 25% discount on all lodging, complimentary round trip transportation to and from the Reno/Tahoe Airport and discounts to local ski area; snow mobile tours, spring mountain biking as well as many more local activities and attractions. Fried Wilson in the Synod Office can direct your inquiry.



Synod Organization


Synod staff

Phone: 213.483-3840
FAX: 213.483-4275

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS    ext. 109    

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

Finance Manager
DAVID SUAREZ   ext. 107
( 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



      REPL Coordinator:
      Rev. Leon E. Fanniel
      Phone 213.483-384, ext. 104   
      Email       Website

The Mission of REPL is to encourage racial ethnic persons to consider church vocations, with particular emphasis on pastoral ministry in racial ethnic congregations.To assist those who are studying for such vocations, a limited amount of scholarship money is available and is awarded each spring.   

Spring, 2015 Information and Application Forms, in two versions, are now available:

REPL Scholarship Program Information 2015-2016 (Needed by all applicants)

  OPTION A:  Download  both: Electronic Application Form (Parts I - III) and Electronic Recommendation Form (Part IV)


    OPTION B: Application form Parts I - IV)  (fill out this version offline)


committees of the synod

Active during this time of discernment and experimentation:
• 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.

Sister Synod Relationship

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


Presbytery Mission, Courses, Conferences. . .

presbytery mission activity

2015 Mission Conference
Conference Website

The presbytery's 2015 Mission Summit blog and other social media, are serving as communication tools for information-sharing and community building in between our annual mission-gathering events.    Read the blog


Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

New online degree program from The University of Dubuque

The University of Dubuque has just launched a new degree program, the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL), which is perfect for those serving as Commissioned Ruling Elders.

The MACL, a 30 credit, completely-online degree, nurtures biblically and theologically informed, culturally sensitive leaders for the church. The program requires six credits in Christian Scriptures, six credits in the history of Christianity/Christian Doctrine, three credits in Christian mission, six credits in Christian leadership, and nine credits of electives. The degree can be earned in as little as one year. A bachelor’s degree in any field is required for admission. The program starts in September 2015. We are currently accepting applications.

For more information please contact Ms. Burnett-Hackbarth at Khackbarth@dbq.edu or 563-589-3405
Online Information Link



Summer Courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders (CLP/CRE),
Sponsor: Dubuque Theological Seminary
June 1 - August 23
Three courses (The tuition rate is $380.00 per course):

• Introduction to New Testament
Dr. Annette Huizenga

• Presbyterian Polity
Dr. Scott Nesbitt

• Reformed Theology
Dr. Gary Eller
Current student registration link
Contact: Carla Gibbons, Distance Education Coordinator CGibbons@dbq.edu
563-589-3630 / 1-888-207-8218),
New students registration
click on "CLP Registration Information" for application and course information.