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Bo Ubbens Synod 2017

Report on Synod 2017 - The Rev. Bo Ubbens

Many of us have memories of your first day of school, walking into the lunch room with your tray, and not knowing anyone that you can sit with. Much like Forrest Gump, walking down the school bus aisle and every kid saying you can’t sit here. But then one brave soul, a “Jenny,” calls out that you can sit here if you want. And it can make all the difference in your experience in a new school. At least that is what I hope you have experienced if you went through a transition like that.

When I came to CANA East Synod, it was a little like that. I knew very few of the people working in the diocese. I hadn’t even started at the church yet. I was the new guy, and it was a whirlwind to catch up. However, when I came to Synod, it felt like when Forrest met Jenny. I have never felt more welcome in a new diocese than when I was welcomed by CANA East, the Bishop and my fellow clergy brothers and sisters. I felt a real spirit of camaraderie among you.

On top of that, the atmosphere of worship at Synod was heartening. It is good when brothers dwell in unity (Psalm 133). As I worshipped alongside you, I truly felt that here was a group of people who love the Lord deeply and worship whole heartedly. We all have a common purpose and mission, to serve the Lord together, and that was on display at Synod. I thank you all for welcoming into a family who serves the Lord.

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