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Issue Number 11
March 2003

Articles
Strange Day
Practice ... Invitation
Youth
Why?
Inclusive Welcome
So Serious...
Now we are ...FIVE
Love Makes...
In Memoriam
Giving Economics
"Advance"
Calendar
 
It's a Strange Day for Good News:
Crossroads Joins Pres Prom!
March 19, 2002
As I write from home, I am aware of the silence in my neighborhood.  Most people are off at work. Earlier, I heard the garbage truck and the recyclables truck stop in front of my house. I am working from home today and hear only the hum of my computer and the occasional beep from my bread machine downstairs. The skies are quiet; there are no planes flying overhead this morning.  I live very, very close to the power plant do I live in a no-fly zone? The blissful silence, the blue skies and blue water out my window and the smell of baking bread wafting up the stairs belie what really is going on today in the world. We are going to war today. Today is a mix of peace and happiness and an unsettling uneasiness.
And so this kind of day extends to the good news that Crossroads has joined Presbyterian Promise! Only a drop of good news in a sea of uncertainty around war and around ordination standards in the PC (USA), but a sign of hope and peace and love for more of God's people!  Crossroads, in our vote to join, has stated our willingness to welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people into the life of our congregation. We are continuing to explore what it means to be inclusive, and to show the love and peace of Jesus Christ to all. The process of discerning God's intentions for Crossroads and for GLBT people of faith has only just begun. Our immediate hope is that someone out there might decide to worship with us, now that we have declared ourselves welcoming and accepting of people of all sexual identities. Or that someone already in the pews will feel encouraged to use his or her spiritual gifts, which are not diminished by sexual orientation or identity.
We at Pres Prom welcome the good news of Crossroads' membership! What a welcome sign of peace and love!
Cheryl Molina, member of Crossroads Presbyterian Church,
and Co-moderator, Presbyterian Promise
Practice ... Invitation

A major branch of my family tree lives in North Carolina, so I grew up with the expression Ya' all come!' As I mostly encountered it on family occasions,  it took me a while to realize it shouldn't be taken at face value. Like, "Have a nice day," the meaning of "Ya' all come! is uncertain at best. The invitation is not real.

At a recent That All May Freely Serve conference, we did a lot of our work in small groups. The leaders asked us to "practice invitation." One member of each group was chosen to begin. The rest were to listen without interrupting. The speaker then invited another member of the group who was free to speak without interruption. And so on until everyone had been invited. While the experience was different in various groups, most found we were better listeners as we weren't preoccupied thinking about what to interject. We heard new insights from people who might well otherwise have remained silent. And we made a conscious effort to make sure everyone had been invited, heard and included.

Even after a long, walking scripture study on the road to Emmaus, Luke tells us the disciples failed to recognize Jesus until they invited him to stay and have dinner. Despite all the day's opportunity, without that invitation, he would not have broken bread and they would not have recognized him. Who does the inviting isn't the issue. In John's Gospel, it is Jesus who invites the disciples to a breakfast of grilled fish. But invitation is a necessary prelude to the event where we may recognize Jesus.

Invitation is a prerequisite for hospitality. The effort to include the full rainbow of God's children in the life of the church is often called the hospitality movement. We must make sure people know our "Ya' all come" is genuine. Our churches are full of warm and welcoming people. The question is, do those outside know it?

This issue of Presbyterian Promise News is filled with reports on invitations and responses. After long reflection and pastoral work, the Providence and Crossroads churches responded to visits by our board by becoming sponsoring members. Alleluia and thank you! Our work with several youth groups around the state is another form of invitation an invitation to understanding and acceptance. And the opportunities to experience Wayne Osborne's music and to celebrate Rev. Cliff Frasier's ministry and witness are invitations to you. Ya' all come! and WE MEAN IT!

Ralph Jones
Co-moderator
 
Youth a Focus for Ministry and Support
One of the most important aspects of Presbyterian Promise's work in the past year has been its focus on youth.  Our outreach has been to the people attending youth programs in Southern New England churches. Presbyterian Promise has partnered with two gifted youth leaders, Rev. Katie Morrison and Elder Brian Cave, both committed to working with non-gay and LGBT youth who may have experienced homophobia in their own lives.

We've brought Katie and Brian together with the pastors and CE or youth program directors in three churches (New Haven, Wilton, and New Canaan).  Katie, Brian, and the local leaders developed programs over the last few months that enabled youth and young adults to talk about the LGBT stereotypes, the experience of LGBT young people in the face of these attitudes, and ways of creating more supportive, loving, understanding environments.

Sexual minority youth are routinely deprived of support in critical areas of their lives within their families, their schools, and unfortunately, their churches.  Some disturbing statistics tell the story:

  • A recent study of homeless youth revealed that LGBT youth leave home more often, experience higher levels of physical victimization, substance abuse and depression than their heterosexual counterparts (Cochran, et al, May 2002)
  • A national survey of parents in 2001 (Horizon Foundation, San Francisco, CA) found that although support is improving, 44 % of parents opposed the creation of school based prejudice reduction.
  • A 2001 survey of 904 LGBT high school students conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) showed that 68.8% of LGBT students and a whopping 89.5% of transgender students feel unsafe in school. In addition, 83.2 % of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation and 48.3 % of LGBT youth of color reported being harassed because of both their sexual orientation and their race/ethnicity. A total of 41.9% of LGBT youth reported physically harassment and 21.1% reported physical assault.
  • A November 1998 poll of top high schoolers by Who's Who Among American High School Students found that 48% admitted they were prejudiced against gays, up 19% from the previous year.  (Y2K Who's Who among American High School Students, Educational Communications, Inc., Lake Forest, IL)
There are few programs designed to provide opportunities for sexual minority youth to participate in non-adult centered community activities activities that help build a young person's sense of self, of personal and social competence, and of the ability to make a contribution.  Few opportunities exist for ongoing social interactions in safe environments. Most of us would admit that dialogue around this subject in churches is usually tense and characterized by controversy   hardly a comfortable environment.

The lack of social support that many of our LGBT youth face creates a social and emotional  isolation that results in a higher incidence of mental health issues, including bouts of depression, lower self esteem, and problems with anxiety. Many LBGT young people are in complex, unstable family situations due in part to issues of coming out, silence and secrecy.  (Cochran, 2001). The typical "concealment strategies" designed to hide the youth's orientation becomes an "unending and extremely stressful chore" (Grossman, 1997) that is emotionally and socially crippling (Dempsey, 1994).
 

Youth gathered around Brian Cave at First Pres, New Canaan

A number of studies indicate that a significant percentage of sexual minority youth use drugs and alcohol as a coping strategy. There is also a significantly higher incidence of suicide attempts and suicide completions by LGBT youths. Nearly 30% of all completed youth suicides are committed by sexual minority youth. A number of studies have indicated that between 29% and 40% of sexual minority youth have recurring suicidal ideation at least once during their adolescence.

These are depressing statistics, and it is important to note that not all LGBT youth experience these horrors. In fact, where there has been effort to create safe spaces for LGBT youth, our children have begun to claim their rightful claim to self-respect, participation, and pride.

I want to thank Robin Passariello McHaelen and True Colors, a nonprofit agency based in Hartford that serves sexual minority youth, for the research information used here.

Presbyterian Promise has a crucial role to play in creating safe and welcoming space in our churches. That's why we've partnered this year with churches and worked to open dialogue in ways that are honest, loving, and supportive. Two reports on the events follow.

Dick Hasbany
YAYA's (Youth and Young Adults)!

Presbyterian Promise, along with Rev. Katie Morrison, of Boston and I (Elder Brian Cave of New York) provided four programs for youth and young adults at First Presbyterian New Haven, Yale, and Wilton and New Canaan Presbyterian Churches.  Each of the programs provided information about discrimination and fear of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the church and in society. Most of the young people were amazed to learn that GLBT people do not have the same rights as heterosexual peers in the church and society.

On Sunday, February 9th Katie and I met New Haven Presbyterian's young adult group for lunch after church. The discussion among the group was very supportive of GLBT people. Most of the young adults voiced their opinion that GLBT people should be allowed to be ordained and get married in the church. They also agreed there is still a lot of education that needs to be done among churches and they are thankful for groups like Presbyterian Promise that help churches host programs to get churches in dialogue among their congregation. 
  

Why?
Why are we publishing a newsletter on invitation and hospitality today? Wouldn't it be smarter to wait for a less distracted time? Don't the great moral issues before our nation "trump" our particular concerns for justice for individuals and groups? 
 
Some with good reason resent the distractions represented by other forms of moral and spiritual violence. Distractions do delay and deny justice. Why should the oppressed be concerned with the oppressor's problems?
We publish today because we see hospitality and invitation as key to addressing the great moral issues of the day. God meant it when God gave the Second Great Commandment. This movement, our movement, is an essential witness that we are to love ALL our neighbors, even the ones we have yet to invite to the table. Join us at the Witness for Peace worship in Stamford to experience that hospitality of neighborliness! 
We publish today because so much is happening. We have stories to tell, invitations to issue. Above all, we live in hope there will be a better day.
During the evening, we met with the Junior High/Senior Group and then the Yale Presbyterian Campus Ministry group.  At the Junior High/Senior Group Katie and I focused on stereotypes, making fun of peers, and rates of suicide among young people struggling with their sexuality. During one of the games, we asked the youth if they knew someone that is GLBT and they all said yes. However, they also said they have heard their friends at school being called fag and dyke and the teachers do not say anything about it or reprimand the students doing the name calling. We made sure the youth understood that as Christians we are all called to love one another and help lift each other up.

After the junior high/senior high program we went over to Yale to lead a discussion on homosexuality and the Bible with the Presbyterian Campus Ministry group.  It was a great discussion, but it was evident that this could be a series of studies for the group.

On  March 2nd, I went solo to New Canaan Presbyterian Church to lead a program for the senior high group. Wilton Presbyterian Church joined us with two van loads of senior highs. Just as at New Haven Presbyterian, the program focused on stereotypes, making fun of peers, and rates of suicide among young people struggling with their sexuality. I had the group break up into small groups to dialogue together about GLTB issues and the church. After all the programs the youth and young adults thanked us for creating the space for this dialogue; they feel that they really don't get the chance to be as open as they were during these programs.

These programs show the importance of reaching out to our queer and straight youth and young adults in our churches to make sure they want to stay in the church.  Katie and I have been a voice for young people and getting churches to talk about sexuality among youth. That can seem to be a scary thing, but we have found that youth know more about sexuality than parents sometimes realize. Presbyterian Promise is trying to open the doors for the GLBT youth and young adults and let them know that there are churches that are welcoming of them and that God does love them. If you have a church youth or young adult group that would like to have Presbyterian Promise sponsor a program, please contact Dick Hasbany at (203) 777-4579.

Brian Cave
The Importance of Acceptance

Brian Cave and Katie Morrison joined us at First Presbyterian Church, New Haven  on February 9th for a Presbyterian Promise sponsored program with approximately 25 junior and senior high school youth. They provided us with a fun-filled and very meaningful evening.They focused on the language that we use, how stereotypes can hurt us, and how to be sensitive to one another.Their personal stories, along with the activities, were thought provoking and engaged all of us present in a very important discussion.

The other afternoon I was having a conversation with a friend relating this program to her, and trying to describe it.My friend and her partner and their three children have been family friends for many years.I have often tried to convince them to worship with us because of the welcoming community our congregation offers, being tolerant of all kinds of lifestyles.She stopped me and said that she wished that people would stop talking about "tolerance" and start talking about "acceptance."

I was stunned for a moment, and realized that of course she was right.Upon reflection I realized that neither Katie or Brian
would have used the word "tolerance" because of it's negative connotations.I do have to admit (sadly) that I had not considered carefully the meaning of that word, and how it would make people feel.This is exactly the lesson that Brian and Katie brought to our youth, that we need to be not only intentional in the language that we use, but thoughtful as well.

Brian and Katie were very well received by our youth and the group leaders.Many of them took the opportunity to speak with them following the formal presentation, and I feel certain that what we learned from them will be the source of ongoing discussions, as well as further learning opportunities.

Sue Balakrishnan
Director of Christian Education
First Presbyterian Church, New Haven
Statement of Inclusive Welcome

In the current atmospheres within the Presbyterian Church, including honest struggle as well as polemics, the Session of First Presbyterian Church, New Haven, felt it was important to state clearly our welcome to all, in a positive and loving way. Towards that end, the Session has commissioned a Statement of Inclusive Welcome.

The Sessions of 2002 and 2003 supported the development of this statement of welcome. It was adopted unanimously at the January 21st meeting of the Session.

Here is the text of our Statement of Inclusive Welcome.

"In the name of God our creator, we welcome you and all people. We are a community committed to follow Jesus Christ in a just and compassionate ministry open to the world and all its races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, nationalities or ethnicities, economic situations, and abilities.

"We embody the Presbyterian Church's (USA) recognition and celebration of the diversity gifts. It is in our diversity that the fullness of God is made manifest. Responding to the Spirit's movement in our midst, we embrace and honor all who have been called by Jesus Christ to the ministries of membership and ordained leadership in the church."

from The Inkling, the church newsletter


 

So Serious...

Can this title sell? Coming from a background on the edge of Madison Ave., that was my first question on seeing Wayne Osborne's new CD. But we live in serious times. This music will be a friend on our journey.

are things so serious
i ask myself
are things so serious
...
if bombs fall and if wonderful is no more
if worlds are gone or if all love has died
then there'll be reason to cry
The publicity says these songs have been four years in the making. Those of us privileged to hear Wayne's 2001 Presbyterian Promise benefit concert will be proud to see how they have matured and grown up.
you defend the fatherland at whatever cost, whatever
you take another stand and show us you're a religious man
you stand and raise your hand straight up to the sky
you march to the band and drive us from our land
i see the stars beyond the wall
i thought this would never come
but now i see them fall
the bombs are falling
i can't believe it's come to this
the bombs are falling
"The Bombs are Falling" distills many aspects of Wayne's journey from his Jackson Mississippi home, a journey to freedom through an emotional minefield.

The all too familiar (to members of Presbyterian Promise) Stamford case forced Wayne to defend publicly his most intimate desires, severely testing his deep beliefs about himself, the world, relationships in general, and the liberating power of confession. So Serious, documents a lifelong inner struggle to hold onto belief with the ability to face the world with honesty.

Wayne grew up in a musical web of Rock and Pop spun with the rich gospel music of the Deep South. Moving north, he entered the crucible of New York City's music and art scenes where he refined his intensely personal musical style. The songs on So Serious are heart wrenching yet healing and offer a stark reminder of how truth and honesty are both at work in our inner and outer worlds. The CD is available online at www.ra-records.com and will be in music stores in the Spring of 2003. You will be well rewarded for accepting Wayne's gentle yet insistent invitation to serious reflection.

Ralph Jones
And Now We Are Four FIVE!

At its second annual meeting on January 19th, members of Presbyterian Promise learned we had a fourth sponsoring church! At its January meeting the session of Providence Presbyterian Church in Providence, Rhode Island, voted to become a sponsoring member. Co-moderator Dick Hasbany welcomed them cordially as all present celebrated their commitment to an inclusive Presbyterian church.

And on March 18 Crossroads Presbyterian ALSO voted to be a sponsor! Alleluia! Lisa Larges, TAMFS national regional coordinator preached and lead a discussion at Crossroads last October and will be at Providence April 27th.
 
In conversation with Burlington
Sue Brooks, Revs. Becky Strader and Mike Brown, Al Brooks
of Christ Church, Presbyterian 
Hartwein-Sanchez 

In regular business, Elders Mary-Starke Wilson and Dan Blackford and the Rev. Brian Merritt were elected to the board in the class of 2005. Rev. Letty Russell was reelected. Elders Dick Hasbany, Cheryl Molina, Pat Wales and Ralph Jones continue in service as does Jack Hartwein-Sanchez, MLP liaison. Elaine Shields, Rev. Terry Davis and Sharon Fennema serve for the Wilton, Hartford and New Haven churches, respectively.

Conversation with the pastors and two members of Christ Church, Presbyterian in Burlington, Vermont was the focus of the meeting. Co-pastors Becky Strader and Mike Brown and members Al and Sue Brooks shared some of their history how the church became a More Light congregation back in 1984, their experience with the various challenges to their statements on what became G-6.0106b and the development of their new "Statement of Compliance." Conversation turned to ways Presbyterians can be both faithful and continue within a denomination which so often acts to exclude. The Statement and a brief chronology are in the December 2002 issue of Presbyterian Promise News available on our website.

Burlington's Ken Wolvington recently reported on the official presbytery reaction to their statement.

At its regular meeting Saturday, March 8th, the Presbytery of  Northern New England received the final report of the "Pastoral  Committee" that was established in the aftermath of "Londonderry vs. The Presbytery of Northern New England." You may remember that in June of 2002 Christ Church, Presbyterian  (CCP) had "set aside" its 1997 resolution expressing dissent from G-6.0106b and promising that a new statement would be forthcoming. The new "Statement of Compliance with G-6.0106b" was first issued in November. After consultation with the Pastoral Committee, the statement underwent minor editorial changes that were approved by session on March 2, 2003.

The Pastoral Committee final report was presented by the Rev. Dr. Dwight White, a conservative and much-revered former Stated Clerk of the presbytery. After noting that statements such as CCP's new proclamation "are of limited usefulness, because the proper time to interpret and apply any constitutional provision, including G-6.0106b, is when a particular candidate is being examined for office," and trusting that "..CCP will make the same good faith effort to apply all relevant provisions of the Constitution as it examines those elected to office that it has shown in the preparation of its present statement," the Committee expressed satisfaction that CCP's statement "...is a thoughtful attempt to state the Session's understanding, perspective and views. It is our opinion that the statement does not defy or violate the Constitution."

The report was accepted without debate and fewer than a handful of dissenting "No's." It remains to be seen what will happen next.

Ralph Jones
Love Makes a Family

...and YOU can help. Today there are three bills before the Connecticut State Legislature's Judiciary Committee.

  • HB 5356 - An Act Concerning Marriage provides, "... that only a union between a man and a woman shall be a marriage under state law and receive the associated rights and benefits.." It effectively repeals existing laws protecting same sex couples. This is generally know as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
  • HB 6388 - An Act Concerning The Applicability Of Certain State Statutes To Same Sex Partners, would "authorize the establishment of civil unions and grant to the parties in a civil union the same benefits, protections and responsibilities as granted to spouses in a marriage."
  • HB 6389 - An Act Concerning Same Sex Marriage, would "authorize any two persons to enter into marriage, regardless of sex, provided such persons are not related to each other within certain degrees of kindred."
Connecticut has the opportunity to become the second state to provide same sex marriage. Representative Michael Lawlor, Judiciary's co-chair supports this. There is support for passage this year!

But your legislators both Representatives and Senators need your help. Write them. A massive letter campaign supporting the DOMA HB 5356 is under way. They need to know we will be there to support them come election time, especially if they vote for same sex marriage.

Letters should be short. Identify yourself as a constituent. If you know them personally, make sure they will recognize it is you who is writing. Thank them for persevering in the hard work of elected office. Tell them you support enacting same sex marriage legislation and oppose the DOMA. Tell them why.

Check at town hall or go to http://www.cga.state.ct.us/  if you need help finding your senator or representative. Also check the Judiciary committee membership. Letters to its members are extremely important.

Your 37¢ is the easiest powerful political action you can take. Legislators report that letters are the single most effective form of constituent communication. What you do or don't do DOES matter. Supporting good law now is far easier than changing bad law later. Please write today.

Ralph Jones
In Memoriam

An era in the hospitality movement has ended. The Reverend Howard B. Warren, Jr. died March 14th at age 68.
 

Howard Warren
Ken Wolvington

Many of us knew Howard as "God's glorious gadfly," and thanked God for his powerful and warm proclamation of the "wildly, extravagant, inclusive love of God."

The PC USA News reports, "Describing a man who 'exploded out of the closet,' the Rev. Jane Spahr describes Warren's activism in the Presbyterian Church as done 'with a passion for justice and for truth-telling, but always with a compassionate heart.' Remembering his purple-sequined hats, his placards as he stood for years before the General Assembly and his rainbow-colored banners and clothes, Spahr credits Warren with making the gay and lesbian movement in the PC(USA) move."

In the memorial on That All May Freely Serve's webpage, we learn,

The Rev. Howard B. Warren Jr. attended McCormick Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in New York and was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the United Presbyterian Church U.S. in 1960. He served as Associate Pastor in churches throughout Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan. In 1987 he came out to the Presbytery of Detroit as a person with AIDS and a gay man. In the last years of his distinguished ministry Howard served as Director of Pastoral Care at the Damien Center, an HIV/AIDS service/support center in Indianapolis, a validated specialized ministry of the Presbytery of Whitewater Valley.

A leader in Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (now More Light Presbyterians), with the Rev. Lisa Bove Howard founded Presbyterians Act Up and was active with the Presbyterian AIDS Network and a founding supporter of That All May Freely Serve. Many remember Howard for his warm smile, his exuberant joy, his relentless rainbow apparel and the sandwich board signs he wore at General Assemblies.

Today Howard is with the One who is our eternal welcome. We remember the words he preached in a service at Mckinley Presbyterian Church in Champaign Illinois in 1998:

"Our job as God's  More Light people is to bring everyone alive, set them free to live and love here and now and forever.

Giving Economics

Both conservative, evangelical churches and liberal, inclusive churches have some significant disagreements and grievances with the national church. These two groups do, however, appear to differ in their response.

We recently compared the 420 Covenant Network and/or More Light churches with the 1,255 churches in the so-called "Confessing Church Movement." [Using denominational statistics from 2001 and 2000]

The average church size is the same (326 for both groups). Although they are on average the same size, the 420 CovNet and/or MLP churches give on average more than twice as much to G.A. mission, and more than two and a half times as much to presbytery and synod mission, as do "confessing" churches. These 420 CovNet and MLP churches give 76% as much in aggregate to the denomination at all three levels as do the 1,255 "confessing" churches. ....

Covenant and More Light churches pay 27% more per capita than do so-called "confessing" churches ($19.68 per capita vs. $15.50).

Incidentally they also differ very substantially on the role of women. 40% of clergy in CovNet and/or MLP churches are women; 9% of "confessing church" clergy are women. (Denominational average for parish clergy is 22% women.)

Covenant Network
Board and Supporter 'Advance'

April 26, 2003 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

You are invited!

"Whatever house you enter, first say 'Peace Be with This House!' " [Luke 10:5-6] At times, the board members and supporters of Presbyterian Promise will be practicing invitation and hospitality. At other times, we will be accepting the invitation and hospitality of others. This reciprocal hospitality is crucial to the mission of Presbyterian Promise.  Sometimes, we will feel like the wandering laborers in Luke 10, sent out "like lambs into the midst of wolves" to harvest for the Lord. We will graciously accept the hospitality of all those who invite us into their midst. We will practice hospitality when and where we can. Come learn more about this aspect of our ministry, and the many other things we hope to accomplish this year, by accepting the invitation and hospitality of Crossroads Church and the board on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 p.m. Come and enjoy some productive time with Lisa Largess of That All May Freely Serve.

Enjoy a simple meal of soup and fresh bread, some fairly traded coffee and a little dessert. Help us to think about and plan our work on behalf of LGBT people in our midst and outside our church doors, that more churches might open wide their doors in an expression of hospitality.

Cheryl Molina
Calendar of Events
  • 6 Apr 03 Board meets at Crossroads PC at 3 PM
  • 26 Apr 03 Presbyterian Promise "advance." Please join with the board for this opportunity to work for a more inviting church. 10 AM till 2:00 at Waterford: Crossroads
  • 27 Apr 03 Celebration of witness. PLEASE POST AND DISTRIBUTE COPIES OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT! Join Presbyterian Promise, Presbyterian Welcome and the Dissenting Churches of Hudson River at First Presbyterian Church in Stamford for a celebration of the witness of the Rev. Cliff Frasier as he prepares to serve six months in jail for his civil disobedience protesting the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning. Music by Wayne Osborne. 4 PM
  • 18 May 03 Board meets at Hartford PC - 3 PM
  • 7 June 03 New Haven GLBTI pride festival. Visit us here!
  • 8 June 03 Board meets at New Haven PC - 3 PM
  • 21 June 03 Rhode Island Pride celebration. Stop by!

 
 
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