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Handicapped Encounter Christ in New York

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New York HEC Mission Statement

          New York HEC (Handicapped Encounter Christ) retreats are  Gospel based Christian experiences designed to give persons who have physical differences the opportunity to participate in a spiritually centered retreat.  HEC is an encounter style retreat.  New York HEC has a number of retreats each year.  They are designed for different levels of spiritual involvement.  All retreats take their spirit and direction from a firm belief   that Jesus Christ continues to bring Good News to those who are oppressed. HEC is an attempt to, for a few days, live out this Good News, and to celebrate our humanity.  Because our world and our social structures frequently discriminate against those who are different, we openly choose to be counter-cultural.


          New York HEC is dependent.  We depend completely upon the Christian community for financial survival.  We depend completely upon volunteers to do the necessary work in order to have retreats. There are no paid workers for HEC.  We depend most strongly upon the prayers of believers everywhere.


          New York HEC believes in Jesus the Christ. 

 We believe that God looks at everything all  of His creation, at finds it good. 


 We believe that Jesus’ words calls us to  relationship with God and with others in unique and wonderful ways. 

 We believe that folks with very different life   experiences come together and meet God. 


We believe that each individual is called to follow Jesus as  only he or she can.


We believe that each of us is responsible to build the Kingdom of God on Earth in the present.


          New York HEC is music, thought, prayer, touch, laughter, tears, gentleness, listening, caring, and sharing.  HEC is God and people coming together.

          HEC is a welcoming place and time.

Prayer of the Month: The Romero Prayer


             It helps now and then, to step back and take the long view.

              The Kingdom of God is not beyond our efforts,

                        it is even beyond our vision.

                 We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of

                 the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.


 Nothing we do is complete,

               which is another way of saying that

               the Kingdom always lies beyond us.


No statement says all that should be said

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

               No confession brings perfection,

                   no pastoral visit brings wholeness.

               No program accomplishes the church's mission.

               No set of goals and objectives includes everything.


This is what we are about.

                We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

                We water seeds already planted,

                   knowing that they hold future promise.

   We lay foundations that will need further development.

  We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.


  We can not do everything and there is a sense of liberation in  realizing that.

               This enables us to do something,

                   and to do it very well.

               It may be incomplete,

                  but it is a beginning,

            a step along the way,

                             an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.


We may never see the end results

but that is the difference

                between the master builder and the worker


    We are workers, not master builders,

          ministers, not messiahs.

           We are prophets of a future that is not our own.

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