Disaster Response Training Opportunities Sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance disaster response training, sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity and its presbyteries, will be offered by five presbyteries across the region to better serve you!

Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape. How can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves? Plan to attend one of these informational training sessions, with resources from the PDA. These trainings are  sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity with five presbyteries across the region.

  • Wednesday, September 5 at the First Presbyterian Church 47 Walnut Street, Milton, PA 17847 (Northumberland Presbytery).
  • Thursday, September 6, at the Providence Presbyterian Church 2401 Broad Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601 (Huntingdon Presbytery)
  • Tuesday, September 25 at the Church on the Mall 500 W. Germantown Pike #1900 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 (Presbytery of Philadelphia)
  • Thursday, September 27 at the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304 (West Virginia Presbytery)
  • Wednesday, October 17 at the Crestfield Camp & Conf. Center 195 Taggart Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 (Pittsburgh Presbytery)

Information at syntrinity.org/PDA Registration $10 per person

Click here for a flyer to download and share with your congregation!

EVENT SCHEDULE: Each event site includes the following two training opportunities:

  • 9 a.m. – Registration
  • 9:30 a.m. – Disaster Preparedness and Engagement: “Blessed to be a blessing.” This workshop will have a dual focus. Participants will gain valuable insight on how to prepare themselves and their congregations for a disaster. In addition, participants will discover ways to bring their God-given talent, time and resources to a response-and-recovery effort in their community.
  • 12:30 p.m. – Lunch included
  • 1:30 p.m. – Human-Caused Disasters: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Violence changes everything, and it requires different skills from responding to natural disasters. Participants will learn definitions and guidelines for human-caused disasters, trauma, clergy care, congregational care, worship and liturgy, media relations and long-term emotional and spiritual care. In addition, participants will be able to bring their learnings directly to their ministry context.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Closing remarks

Click here to register online 


  • How to Accompany People in Trauma (Sept. 5, Sept. 27) “Remember, I am with you.” This session will address ways that we can accompany people who have experienced the trauma of natural disasters. It will focus on key concepts of ministry of presence, common pathways of response to and recovery, common signs of stress and coping, and principles of building resilience to stress and trauma.
  • Compassion Fatigue (Sept. 6) “Do not grow weary in doing what is good.” Faith leaders who invest spiritual and physical energy in following the teachings of Jesus to face a world of need and diminishing resources. At times ministry is fatiguing. Learn why we suffer symptoms of compassion fatigue and learn the five simple practices that can refuel us and restore our joy and energy in ministry.
  • Immigration Issues (Sept. 25, Oct. 17) “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Aid to refugees and displaced persons is PDA’s birth story. Many Presbyterians, however, are not familiar with PDA’s role in engaging Presbyterians in refugee ministries or our history in helping to establish refugee-serving organizations all over the United States. Participants with learn of the ways in which this ministry is carried out through ecumenical partnerships, related church agencies, middle governing bodies, and congregations.

General Assembly News: Reviewing the Work of The Way Forward Commission

Veronica Goines, vice-moderator, and Cynthia Jarvis, moderator, of the Assembly Committee on the Way Forward. —Photo by: Michael Whitman

Way Forward Committee Tackles Controversial Reports: 

Commission, PMAB clash on several proposals

Mike Ferguson | General Assembly News – June 18, 2018

Click here to read the article by the General Assembly News Coverage.

The General Assembly Committee on the Way Forward is moderated by our own Rev. Cynthia Jarvis (Chestnut Hill).

The 223rd GA Program Book Now Available

The 223rd General Assembly Program Book is now available to download. Click below to access the PDF: 

Meet the Candidates for Moderator/Co-Moderators for the 223rd General Assembly.

Meet the Candidates for Moderator/Co-Moderators for the 223rd General Assembly.

Three ministers and two ruling elders comprise slates for June 16 election



Presbyterian Women in Philadelphia Host Annual Spring Gathering

The Presbyterian Women in Philadelphia host their Annual Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Church on the Mall. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:00 am and the program begins at 10:00 am

Presenting the 2018 Synod Project “Lily’s Place”

Presbyterian Women will be collecting washcloths and towels for the Salvation Army’s Eliza House

They will also be collecting $10.00 Gift Cards for Lily’s Place: With the epidemic of drug addiction in our nation exploding, Lily’s Place serve the tiniest victims of substance abuse: newborn babies. They ease drug-exposed babies from their mother’s drugs and gives them the best possible care available. Lily’s Place is located in Huntington, West Virginia. Babies born in withdrawal from drug using parents are carefully tended to as they recover. Often parents stay in their own private rooms with the child and learn their responsibility to helping the child recover. Lily’s Place is always in need of baby supplies, ie diapers, clothing, powder, etc. Money can also be sent to help support this program.
Lily’s Place has been selected by our Synod of the Trinity Presbyterian Women to support.

Church on the Mall, 500 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

April 8, 2018 is Self-Development of People Sunday!


Click here for PCUSA resources to use on and beyond SDOP Sunday featuring a sermon by PCUSA Co-Moderator Rev. Jan Edmiston, hymns, liturgical suggestions, stories about community partners and more!

Application and Criteria: 

Self-Development of People

Jesus of Nazareth befriended and assisted poor and oppressed people, and taught his followers the same primary responsibility. By establishing the Self-Development of People (since 1970), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lives out the primary responsibility taught by Jesus and demonstrates its solidarity with poor people around the world.

Mission Statement: The Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God’s concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners, dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting, and enabling. We participate in the empowerment of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people seeking to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression, and injustice.

Our Mandate: The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People shall assist the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in carrying out its global commitment to work toward the self-development of economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people who own, control, and benefit directly from projects that promote long-term change in their lives and communities. The mandate was established by the 182nd General Assembly (1970) of the former United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and reaffirmed and approved by the 199th General Assembly (1987) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

About the Self-Development Committee of the Presbytery of Philadelphia

National Self-Development of People Committee

Application and Criteria: 

Enough: Events and Resources Related to Ending Gun Violence

The Presbytery of Philadelphia Leadership Met with Artist from the Restorative Justice Guild

Representation of our leadership spent time with artists from the Restorative Justice Guild of Mural Arts Philadelphia. They are currently in the conceptual stages of the modular mural project, “Proclamation Is Presence,” leveraged by our Covenant Fund and 300th Anniversary Mission Campaign.More details and stories to come. This multi-dimension and interactive install will speak to the call to restorative justice alongside individuals coming out of prison and communities at risk for the prison pipeline. Beginning this fall, we hope to be able to provide opportunities for our churches to engage the creative process, the artists involved, and the broader work to reforming the brokenness of the related institutions and systems. Presently, there is a temporary studio outside the The Barnes Foundation where you can see the work in progress and read more.

The Northeast Region Gathers on Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Northeast Region of the Presbytery will next meet on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 beginning at 10:00 am (with registration at 9:30 am), at Grace Presbyterian Church in Jenkintown.

They will be hosting “A Morning with Stephen King” and invite all to join the Northeast Region as they worship together, network during fellowship, and learn more about what the Presbytery’s new business administrator’s ministry can do to support and partner with our congregations.

Parking is available in the library lot across from the church at the intersection of Old York and Vista Roads as well as on side streets in the neighborhood. Handicapped accessible entry and parking is available by entering the church driveway just south of the church.

Please click here for a flyer to download and share with your congregations.

Grace Jenkintown Welcomes Members from First African Presbyterian Church

Date: 1/29/18
On January 28, the Adult Education class of Grace Presbyterian Church in Jenkintown welcomed presenters Marcia Singleton and Lois Hayman-El from First African American Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia.

First African Presbyterian Church is the fourth black congregation in Philadelphia and the first black Presbyterian Church in America. It was established in 1807 by The Reverend John Gloucester, a former slave. First African Presbyterian Church is the mother of black Presbyterianism in the United States. Since its founding the church has been instrumental in starting other black churches in the Philadelphia area, including Lombard Central Presbyterian, Berean, Faith Presbyterian of Germantown (now closed), Reeve Memorial and McDowell Presbyterian Church (now closed). Today First African Presbyterian’s members look back with pride at their 210-year history.

This presentation was the fourth in a series entitled, “Who is Our Neighbor?” designed with the second of the great commandments in mind: to “love your neighbor as yourself.” In recognition of January 15 as Martin Luther King Day of Service and of February as Black History Month, we began with the role of the Black church in Philadelphia as an advocate for our African-American neighbors. Presbytery member Rev. Dr. Leonard Bethel began the series, which has also welcomed Rev. Adan Mairena addressing the question of sanctuary and will include a visit from Isaac Baah of the Ghanaian Community Church. We conclude with a presentation by immigration attorney Bill Stock on current issues in the immigration debate.

Pictured: Members of Grace Church enjoyed a lively presentation about the nation’s first African-American Presbyterian Church. Joining the Grace members from First African Presbyterian Church are Lois Hayman-El (front left), historian of the First African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and Marcia Singleton(front 3rd from left), First African’s Clerk of Session/lay leader.