Let me share with you a very special message to my fellow New Yorkers.
Here is an excerpt:
I’ve become a New Yorker.
And I like to brag about the beauty and the virtue and the goodness that I see in the New York community.
I bristle and cringe when people who aren’t New Yorkers caricature New Yorkers as cold and unfriendly and rude and almost atheistic and pagan.
I’m saying, wait a minute.
I’ve been honored to be a citizen of New York for three years and I find New York to be one of the most loving, welcoming and embracing communities around!
New Yorkers welcome people.
They welcomed me.
So the church cooperates with that in welcoming the immigrant, for example.
New Yorkers pitch in and help people in trouble.
Look what happened after 9/11.
So the church builds upon that with helping people who are out of jobs, helping people who are sick, helping people who are hungry, and having trouble paying their bills.