“I am Jewish, and I am a Christian.”
That was the message of a group of New York-based Christians at the annual meeting of the World Council of Churches in the city.
But for those who came for a more personal message, there were other topics.
“There was a big debate on the topic of the Jewish people in the Bible, and it really got me thinking about how we think about the Bible,” said Mary, who declined to give her last name.
She said she has a very specific vision of the Bible as an account of the life of Jesus Christ.
“I have a very clear understanding of Jesus and of the people who lived under his leadership,” she said.
“I see a Jewish people who were persecuted and persecuted, and Jesus was there to heal their wounds.”
In New York, the Christian church is a growing presence, with the New York State Conference of Catholic Bishops estimating that there are now more than 10,000 in the United States.
They are the third largest denomination in the country, behind the mainline Protestant Church and the Orthodox Church.
The New York group’s members were all of different backgrounds, and many were in attendance for a large gathering.
A number of them were women and the majority were African-American.
But they all shared the common theme that their faith has nothing to do with religion or the belief that Jesus is the Christ.
They said they feel connected to the New Testament text by being inspired by the stories in the Gospels and inspired by their own stories of faith.
“The Christian is a Christian who comes from God’s family,” said one woman, who asked not to be identified out of fear of backlash.
“We are a Christian because God loves us.
And we are a believer because Jesus is true and his teachings are true.”
The other women said they came to the meeting for one of the few times they have been able to feel the presence of God.
“There’s a sense of purpose,” said Mabel.
“That’s what we’re here for.
It’s to be reminded of God and to be grateful for him.”
The gathering was held in the cavernous, ornate St. Andrew’s Church, a church in the Bronx that has hosted such gatherings before.
Its marble facade is covered with frescoes and stained glass windows.
Its large windows look down on a crowded Manhattan street.
The congregation includes about 50 women and men who have been together for years.
They wear their faith on their sleeves.
They sing the New New Testament hymns and chant the Bible’s verses.
They also have their own personal prayerbooks.
They say they have a simple reason for attending the gathering.
They say they feel a connection to Jesus.
One of the women said her parents are Jewish and she wanted to tell them about her faith.
She said she is an agnostic, and she thinks the more people who come to the gathering, the more they will learn.
The other woman said she felt a sense that God’s plan was to make the world a better place.
“It’s not going to change people,” she told Fox News.
“God has his plan for us.
But we are here to share our beliefs and to share the hope that we have for the world.”
The New England Conference of Bishops is an umbrella organization for about 30 Catholic dioceses across the country.
Its members meet monthly in Boston and in Hartford.
Their annual conference, the Bishops Conference of the United Kingdom, is also held in New England.
But the New England conference, which has more than 600 members, is a smaller one than the New Yorkers’ gathering.
There are fewer than a dozen members in New York.
Many of the New Americans said they want to see their religion become mainstream.
“We want to take our religion mainstream,” said Emily, a former church member who came to New York to be with her mother.
“My mom is a big believer.
I want to be more than just a follower of Jesus.”
And they want their children to have a chance to have the same experience.
“I want my kids to know that there’s something bigger than themselves,” said Stephanie.
“They have a purpose.
And that they’re part of something bigger.
They have the power to change the world.
And I think that’s what I’m going to be working towards.”
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