Several actions were taken during the Synod of the Covent’s last commission meeting on December 4. The actions included:

* Recognizing (61) individuals who received scholarships and (13) groups that received New Covenant and Racial Ethnic grants from the Synod. A full listing of recipients is available here.

*  Agreeing that 2/3 of an anticipated 2020 budget surplus caused by the Synod pausing its ministry programs as the General Assembly Administrative Commission began its work will be distributed as a gift among its 11 member presbyteries to support their missions and ministries.

* Affirming that all Synod commissioners must be either a ruling or teaching elder, and that the position of Young Adult Commissioners has been removed due to the lack of ruling elders and teaching elders who are between 18 and 25 years old. Synod leaders will seek other ways to learn from, engage and support young adults.

Click here for more details about the December 4 meeting.

Meanwhile, the next Synod commissioners meeting will be held virtually from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 7, and include an orientation for new commissioners. The commission also will meet from 6 to 8:3 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, and hold a retreat October 7-9.