Diangdit Episc Chapel East Syracuse NY Garang Achiek

Refugees from South Sudan were resettled in the Syracuse, New York area 20 years ago, and one of the first things they needed was a place to worship Christ togetber. They started out meeting in a United Methodist congregation, then moved to an Episcopal church downtown. In 2014 a lay leader, Amuor Garang, traveled back to South Sudan and was ordained a priest there; when she returned to Syracuse she began holding services in Dinka. When turf issues developed between the two congregations, the Sudanese moved once again with the help of Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe. They are now ensconced at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, a small White congregation which put Diangdit Episcopal Chapel on their exterior signage. The South Sudanese congregation was recognized as a diocesan mission at the convention in 2019. (Garang Achiek)

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