Over the last few years, many people have participated in the NYC Community of Communities gatherings. These gatherings have been an excellent opportunity to fellowship, share skills, and strengthen the body of Christ in NYC. As we approach Lent, a cluster of us who live in Christian community have been imagining what it might look like if Christ’s followers in all five boroughs had a common vision for the City and, in particular, what it might look like if we committed to prayer, fasting and repentance, as well as acts of charity and justice during the season of Lent (March 9 – April 23).
On February 15th, representatives from various communities, churches and faith groups met at the Christian Herald Association in Midtown to cast a Lenten vision for NYC. On March 9th (Ash Wednesday) we enter into that vision.
Beholding a common vision for the City, we, as followers of Christ representing the five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island – commit to prayer, fasting and repentance, as well as acts of charity and justice during Lent. Each week of Lent we commit to learning about an important issue that affects our City, praying and reflecting on that issue in light of the Scriptures, and then acting on that issue through either a volunteer or activist project. Some of the issues we will pray and fast over include Poverty, Human Trafficking, Immigration, Education and Housing.
If you want to join us in the collective vision for NYC, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Lenten Guide. The Guides were made for this particular Lent by New Yorkers who are working to address the issues that afflict our City – and to make a way for the Kingdom of God to enter in.
CALL + RESPONSE, the groundbreaking rockumentary addressing human trafficking, will be in NYC from December 4th – 14th. Help host a screening by bringing all your friends to a show and email Alissa Moore at email@example.com to get involved. Tickets are $15 a piece or $12.50 for students or groups of 10 or more. Buy tickets at the Tribeca Cinema website or the Call + Response website: http://www.tribecacinemas.com/. Tickets are limited so please purchase in advance!
CALL + RESPONSE features political and cultural luminaries such as Cornel West, Madeleine Albright, Daryl Hannah, Julia Ormond, Ashley Judd, Nicholas Kristof and supporting artists that include Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Imogen Heap, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Switchfoot, Nickel Creek, and Tom Petty.
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CALL+ RESPONSE is a non-profit film. Currently, tickets are only sold in advance, so please buy now at www.callandresponse.com or www.tribecacinemas.com. All proceeds fund global projects fighting human trafficking.
Radical Living is hosting a six-week series called Conversations on Immigration. Every Thursday evening from October 30th to November 27th our community will discuss the topic of immigration from a Biblical framework. We will be using Dr. Danny Carroll’s study guide, Strangers in the Land (we have copies), and people are encouraged to read his book Christians at the Border.
This series of conversations was suggested by several radicals after we held the Theology of Immigration forum on October 12th (i.e. Columbus Day a.k.a. Day of Indigenous Resistance). The conversations will be held every Thursday at Marcy House (622 Marcy Ave., Brooklyn) after dinner. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. and the conversation will begin at 8 p.m. The last conversation will occur on Thanksgiving Day. We ask that you RSVP if you plan to join us for the final dinner on Thanksgiving Day. All are invited.
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