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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

         Tonight is very emotional for me, as someone born and raised in Asia Minor, and within the living memory and narrative of the Καταστροφή της Σμύρνης – the horrific Burning of Smyrna. All of my life, I have listened to stories of survivors and of others, whose generational presence in what is now called “Türkiye,” was erased by the consequences of this genocidal act.