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The Regional Synod of New York includes classes and congregations that are urban, suburban, and rural; large, medium, and small; black, white, Asian, Hispanic, and multiracial; progressive, moderate, and conservative—as well as those that don’t comfortably wear such labels. United in and through Jesus’s saving love, we rejoice in the diversity of our family of faith and we delight in the inclusive message of the Gospel. We honor Scripture as authoritative and divinely inspired, even as we recognize that we may have differences in faithful interpretation. Recognizing that our love is our response to God’s love and our grace a reflection of God’s grace, we welcome all.

STORY OF THE WEEK

The Key to Happiness

I got a call a while back from my best friend in college. We had not spoken in forty years and we took a good hour catching up on our lives. During our talk, he said something which unsettled me. He said he always admired my ability to deal with my problems without feeling self-pity. I was unsettled by this comment for two reasons. The first was that my friend was making the assumption that people who experience difficulties would be expected, by necessity,

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From the Executive Minister's Desk

Lent

We begin Lent in the wilderness, in the desolation of the desert in a world broken by sin. It begins there as a reminder that Jesus is transforming this world by his presence in and with it. Lent begins in the wilderness so that by the time we see Jesus enter into hell and death itself on the cross, we will have a firm sense that somehow – by a grace and a power we cannot imagine – he will

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