NE Synod newsletter, Ekklesia, features Gloria Dei


Ekklesia is a new newsletter from the New England Synod that made its debut during Synod Assembly. The new quarterly newsletter will be sent to congregations in print form, and will be made available to anyone with an Internet connection via PDF download. You can check out the first edition of Ekklesia by clicking here. [Editor’s note: You’ll see some familiar faces on the front page of this premiere edition!]

So what’s next for Ekklesia? Well, we’re looking for more and varied voices from throughout the Synod to contribute to the newsletter. Young, old, rostered leader, layperson, musician, tone-deaf – we’re hoping to make Ekklesia into a broad portrait of the many personalities and viewpoints to be found in New England.

That’s where you come in.

Are you a writer? Have you always wanted to be one? In the next issue of Ekklesia, tentatively scheduled for early September, we want to include works from around the region.

Among the pieces we hope to include:

  • Feature stories: Do you know of a great story in the Synod that hasn’t been told yet? A congregation with an innovative ministry? A beloved tradition that has quietly endured through the years? A new face who is working for change? The possibilities are endless – if you’ve got a story, we want to help you tell it.
  • Columns: Got some thoughts about living a spiritual life? Do you have an opinion about something you’ve seen in the world around you that informs your own faith? Ekklesia may be the perfect place for you to share your thoughts with the rest of the region.
  • Photography: Ekklesia is meant to be a bold, rich collection of the many aspects of life in the New England Synod, and that includes the imagery that is so particular to the region. Are you an amateur photographer with a great eye? Do you have some great photos of an event you think the rest of the Synod ought to see? You can share them in Ekklesia!
How to get started: Synod Communications Director Andy Merritt is the editor of Ekklesia, and is now accepting stories, columns, photos and ideas for coming issues of the newsletter. Email him at, or call 508-333-1761 to pitch your idea!
[Reprinted from the 10 Jul 2013 Edition of the Bishop’s E-News]
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