This article reflects on a lot of what Trellis is seeking to accomplish. These churches believe serving the needs and opportunities of the community is an endeavor done better together. It is beautiful to see churches working across denominational lines to strengthen and support the neighborhoods they live and congregate in. This active and purposeful partnership is what Jesus says in John 17 will show a watching world that God is real.
Gentrification is an ongoing reality in urban centers around the US. In thinking about where and how we live in our neighborhoods, this article unveils how different people groups see, experience and understand our community. As Christians move into New York, Jesus' heart is that we would come first as listeners and learners, seeing and celebrating the existing flavor before we try and bring our own. This blog is inviting people to read Staying is the New Going, a great book to help understand how we can learn to gentrify with justice.
Please consider reading this whole article. It is such a helpful and honest look at the wrestling that many parents in New York face when considering school options for their children in view of their ethnicity, family history and economic situation.
This article is a reminder of the tangled complexity and the hard but necessary work of addressing social justice issues like education, housing development and discrimination.
In view of these articles, Robert Lupton shares his experiences and insights on how we can think carefully and Biblically about justice in his great book, Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life