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Announcing: Summer book groups!

Here’s your summer reading list

If you want to read any of these in groups at New City, fill out the form below!

You can download this list here

The Bible: The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke tends to be New City’s go-to Gospel (i.e., biography of Jesus) because it emphasizes how God relates tot he marginalized. If you haven’t read the Bible before, this is a great book to start with!

The Bible: Prophetic Texts!

This summer, New City’s sermon series will explore the books of the prophets, some of the most potent social justice-focused texts in the Bible (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and those short ones at the end of the Old Testament). There’s also political intrigue, poetry, and some waaaaay out-there imagery that’s really rad. This group will read these texts more deeply!

Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe, Daniel Erlander

A 100-page hand-printed paraphrase of the bible, from Genesis to Revelation  --  a graphic novel of sorts, written with imagination, clarity, humor, and cartoons.  Built around the twin themes of food sharing and forgiveness, it helps us to look at scripture with new eyes and rediscover how it can become a means of life and grace rather than destruction and death. (from Erlander’s website)

Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith, Mihee Kim-Kort

Mihee shows how “through the life, work, and witness of Jesus, we see a God who loves us with a queer love...Whenever we love ourselves and our neighbors with the boundary-breaking love of God, we live out this queer spirituality in the world. With a captivating mix of personal story and biblical analysis, Mihee shows us how each of our bodies fits into the body of Christ.” (Fortress Press)

Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman

Thurman was a 20th-century African-American pastor and mystic, mentoring people like Martin Luther King, Jr. in their faith and ministry. He focuses on what the “religion of Jesus” offers to survivors of systemic injustice and generational trauma. He considers Jesus in his historical context as both a spiritual teacher and a social change-maker, especially thinking through spiritual problems of fear, deception, hatred, and love.

The Prophets, Abraham Joshua Heschel

Heschel was a Jewish rabbi who played key roles in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements. The Hebrew prophets spoke to powerful social leaders about the spiritual and political consequences of ancient Israel’s injustice. Heschel discusses how each of the prophets emerged, the themes of their preaching, how they compared to prophets of other religions in their day, and what is human or divine about their testimonies.

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Kimmerer, a Potawatomi woman, brings together the lens of Western science with the lens of traditional ecological knowledge passed down to her by her elders. She discusses the importance of relating to plants and animals as fellow beings whose lives are also sacred. She also addresses how non-indigenous people might enter into this relationship without harmfully appropriating indigenous language and practice.

Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine, Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd tells her story of confronting patriarchy in Christianity and making her way to a feminine spirituality. She “reveals a new level of feminine spiritual consciousness for all women—one that retains a meaningful connection with the "deep song of Christianity," embraces the sacredness of ordinary women’s experience, and has the power to transform in the most positive ways every fundamental relationship in a woman's life.” (Amazon)

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Resmaa Menakem

Menakem is a local therapist and facilitator of workshops on healing from racialized trauma through body-based (somatic) practices. This book shows how the trauma of white-body supremacy has been internalized differently in white bodies, black bodies, and police bodies, and what kinds of practices can move us toward healing.

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An Open Letter from the People of New City Church*

An Open Letter from the People of New City Church*

Regarding the 2019 General Conference Session of The United Methodist Church


The people of New City Church lament the decision that our siblings in Christ made at the General Conference in St. Louis, MO on February 23-26, 2019.  This session of the General Conference chose to act against the most foundational United Methodist commitments to “Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in Love with God” by supporting an irredeemably oppressive set of policies named The Traditional Plan.

We at New City Church—one of Minnesota’s most successful United Methodist church plants in the last ten years—understand first-hand the value of welcoming people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and other sexual orientations and gender identities (abbreviated here as LGBTQ+).  A significant percentage of us identify as part of this community, and even more of us have previously been part of local churches that have harmfully excluded LGBTQ+ people. 

Collectively, we have decided that we cannot simultaneously commit to “Do No Harm” and exclude LGBTQ+ people from any part of the life of the church. Some of us have received death threats because of our sexual orientation; others have been ostracized because of our gender identity. Members of our community have experienced homelessness because of our sexual orientation.  We plainly see that these acts of hatred ultimately find their roots in ideologies that treat LGBTQ+ people pejoratively because of their identities. 

Let us be unambiguous: excluding people from pastoral leadership, marriage, and other important parts of the life of the church inevitably results in violence against LGBTQ+ people. We know. We have lived it.

In fact, in our experience, “Doing Good” comes from centering (not marginalizing) LGBTQ+ voices. We have heard how God speaks prophetically through the lives of people who live under oppression. LGBTQ+ people have had to ask deep questions of identity from an early age—often in uninhabitable environments—and the result of doing so is a people of inward insight and deep wisdom. As a church committed to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we believe that these friends whom the world rejected are, indeed, blessed.

New City Church also doubles our commitment to undo the great harm of systemic racism, colonization, ableism, and other forms of oppression. Some of us cannot choose whether we get to deal with racism or homophobia separately; we experience them simultaneously. Our community as a church must, likewise, address them simultaneously, trusting that the Gospel provides a way toward the renewal of all of Creation, not just certain parts of Creation at a time.

As an act of faithfulness to God, we also want to note that relationship across difference is valuable. We will not reflect the popularized “social justice purity” that readily burns bridges to people simply because they are not in ideological lock-step with us. We want to be in relationship with people who disagree with us because we are all part of the body of Christ. With that said, our community’s foremost commitment is to center the experiences of marginalized people because, truly, we believe Jesus is asking us to do so.

Lastly, in our commitment to “Stay in Love with God,” we will continue to read Scripture, pray, receive communion, and, of course, prophetically proclaim the coming renewal of God’s world.  As a community, we will take the next several months to discern how God is calling us to most faithfully respond.  Regardless of what we choose, however, we know this: we cannot and will not stay silent, as love never does stay silent in the face of oppression. We invite all people reading this letter to join us in constructing a more faithful church for the creation of a more just world.

Sincerely,

The People of New City Church

*This statement reflects input from a community discussion at New City Church. It was written by Rev. Tyler Sit, New City’s Church Planter/Pastor. This letter was originally published March 14, 2019.

Download this statement here.

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Discernment Questions to Ask Going into 2019

Happy New Year!

Today, spend a couple minutes reflecting on these questions. What stuck out to you?

On December 31, 2019, what will you look back and be grateful for happening?

Beyond “doing,” who is God calling you to be?

Who in your life does God want to show love through your actions and words?

If you had all the time and resources you needed, what is the most justice- and wholeness-oriented life you could lead?

What are three barriers in your life that, if removed, would allow you to feel more free, whole, and loving?

Whom could you ask to mentor you for this season of your life? What would you focus on? Whom might God be asking you to mentor or ‘journey alongside’?

What is a difficult conversation or action that is necessary for you to live more freely?

“If I did ______, it would make a difference for the vision God has for the world” (list 3 options keeping in mind God is Love and we never fully know God’s heart)

What did you spend money on this year? What could you adjust so your spending aligns more with your values?

Where are the places/relationships you need to assert yourself more? Where are the places you could create more space for others, especially marginalized people?

What is a time this past year that you felt truly alive? What might God be trying to tell you through that moment?

When do you feel the closest to God? How can you center those moments moving forward?

What might God be inviting you to receive? To give away or ‘compost’?

Who are you struggling to see as a child of God? What would a repaired relationship/appropriate boundary look like?

Are there any relationships in your life where you are doing emotional labor that is meant for someone else? Or displacing/’dumping’ emotional labor that is your own to do?

Let us know how the discernment went! Tag #GrowNewCity.

Also, we’re launching a new sermon series this Sunday! See you there!

Sunday, 1/6, 10am-12pm

3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55407

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Download Your New City Advent Devotional Here!

Our 2018 Advent Devotional is here! Featuring inspired content from our community, Scripture, and space for notes for you to journey with God in this season leading up to Christmas.

Download your own, printable Advent devotional here!

Let us know how it’s going! Tag us on Instagram (@grownewcity) or Facebook (New City Church - Minneapolis) or use #grownewcity

We pray that your experience with this devotional is transformative and insightful. Happy Advent!

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101 Things New City Church is grateful for (in no particular order):

  1. The love of God that saw us through the ups and downs

  2. You! If you're reading this list that means somehow you're accompanying us on our journey

  3. The Mississippi River

  4. CTUL, a social justice organization we had Solidarity Day with this year

  5. Empanadas

  6. Mayyadda, our worship leaderr, dropped a new album this year! "Holding Space"

  7. A city council that on the most part was willing to meet with the people of New City to express our concerns about gentrification/displacement 

  8. The Make Homes Happen campaign, which we are a part of 

  9. Kerri Miller from Minnesota Public Radio for interviewing Tyler!

  10. The hardworking people on East Lake Street who work 14 hour days but are still able to crack jokes

  11. New City's monthly donors! We're grateful for people who invite this type of commitment for their own transformation as well as in support of the community

  12. People who clear out sidewalks to make sure they're wheelchair accessible

  13. That Hamilton the Musical came to Minneapolis this year. If you missed it, just ask Tyler for a re-enactment...

  14. Also let's not forget Beyonce came through too

  15. Just Minneapolis and St. Paul being a thriving arts scene in general!

  16. The resilience of the community organizers of the Hwy 55 encampment of people surviving homelessness

  17. The upswell of support that New City folks had for those organizers, and we continue to have

  18. Mothers who are stretching a dollar to raise their kids single handedly

  19. The book of Genesis, which we read through almost entirely this year (we skipped some of the list of names...)

  20. Therapy animals

  21. That one group of like five Mexican guys who silently drive around during blizzards and pull people out of snow drifts

  22. Funky Grits, the new restaurant on 38th and Chicago

  23. People who started new organizations this year

  24. Siblings who are tight

  25. Life Together groups

  26. Those who decided to be a little more vulnerable in Life Together groups

  27. Those who received that vulnerability with grace 

  28. People who are able to create space for other people's pain without 'fixing' anything

  29. But those people with hard skills who literally do fix things (like a broken mic stand...) are really helpful too

  30. Pho

  31. The Walker Community, who oversees the space we rent to be able to worship.  Thanks for letting us do our own thing!

  32. Volunteers, which this year we renamed "Collaborators"

  33. Busy people who know how to prioritize community

  34. People who braved coming out of the closet this year

  35. The family of the people who came out, who maybe didn't completely understand but still stood with their loved one

  36. Tamales that cost less than a cup of coffee

  37. Healthy boundaries

  38. Our prayer wall, which an 11 year old boy constructed out of cardboard and spray paint

  39. Students from the U of M, Bethel, Hamline, etc. who have contacted New City for an essay they're writing

  40. The Forum for Theological Education--seriously a ton of New City have been with them

  41. Knitting and crocheting

  42. Back massages from people who feel safe

  43. People who feel safe

  44. People who know that 'safe space' isn't really possible, but who still venture to create 'brave space'

  45. The Gospel of Matthew and its reverence for tradition that precedes it

  46. The Gospel of Mark and how it gets to the point

  47. The Gospel of Luke and its focus on marginalized people

  48. The Gospel of John and how 'spiritual' it is

  49. Oh man and the book Song of Songs?! It's so embodied

  50. Our relationship sermon series that has been going SO WELL

  51. Black Panther the movie and the visual imagination of a decolonized world

  52. Grandparents

  53. The white people in our community who are willing to take risks and own that they have been raised with racism all around them, and they want to change that

  54. People who are willing to change

  55. The Holy Spirit who is willing to change us even when we're seriously so fickle

  56. Renewable energy

  57. The kids in our neighborhood and their boundless energy

  58. Teachers

  59. Special ed teachers!

  60. Spanish immersion teachers!

  61. Parents of teenagers who just can't even right now

  62. Coco the movie and its amazing ability to curry gratitude for elder

  63. Our ancestors who fought for us to live in peace

  64. Peace

  65. Farmers

  66. Our neighbors who became farmers through our Backyard Farm program this year

  67. All the amazing plants that are living and yielding food for those neighbors

  68. All of the neighbors who are invited over for meals where they can eat said vegetables

  69. Jesus, who through his life, death, and resurrection show us that God is a God of mercy and liberation

  70. The line "speak the truth in love" in Ephesians--what a great model for us to use compassionate but straightforward communication in community

  71. Being able to walk down the block and feeling pretty safe

  72. Midtown Global Market

  73. That one Tibetan tailor in Midtown Global Market who made Tyler's pastoral robe

  74. Good financial systems that can be set up and make life easier

  75. Those months where all of our receipts for credit card reconciliations are already turned in

  76. Luther Seminary and all of the students they have sent to New City to check us out

  77. The "Wesleyan Quadrilateral" that asserts that Scripture is best understood in conversation with tradition, reason, and experience

  78. For the indigenous people who endured incredible trauma, yet they continue to remain strong

  79. Landlords who don't raise the rent because they would rather have good tenants who build community than wealthy tenants who don't

  80. Social workers who seriously take on so much vicarious trauma (blessings!)

  81. Retired people who decide they would rather be part of society's solutions than go on another trip

  82. Not knocking travel, though. Oh man, travel is so good.

  83. Inquilinxs Unidxs, an organization in our neighborhood that fights for renters' rights

  84. The people who don't wait for an invitation to show up to important rallies or protests

  85. Bus drivers

  86. The MAD (men against destruction) Dads, who go onboard buses and make sure that no fights break out, sign people up for health care appointments, and make sure folks know about job opportunities. This is a project of a church, we might add!

  87. The amazingly receptive people to Tyler's Annual Conference sermon

  88. Community Organizer training--New City people attended the Midwest Academy's training this year and it was really amazing

  89. People who write worship music that's really, really good

  90. The New City people who on their own volition make playlists of New City worship music

  91. The people who show up on a Sunday morning to set up folding chairs and tables for New City

  92. The people who stumble into worship even though they are still hung over from the night before. Hey, if you made it to church we'll take it!

  93. The New City people who check in on each other

  94. Good audio speakers

  95. Potlucks

  96. People who were baptized this year!!

  97. People who became Full Partners of New City this year by dedicating their time, talent, and resources

  98. Our new storage cabinets. Organization is so fun!

  99. People who give each other rides to New City

  100. People who bike to New City

  101. The love of God that saw us through the ups and downs



Thank you for the great year!

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Community Table cancelled 4/15!

Wow! It's blizzarding in April! Climate change is a funny thing. Anyway, we won't be able to have Community Table because it's basically a human rights abuse to make Mayyadda carry her instruments through the snow trenches.  And we want to make sure nobody gets hurt!

We'll be doing some type of online engagement tomorrow! Keep an eye on our Facebook!

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Easter at New City: Launching a New Series!
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Easter Community Table
April 1, 10am-12pm
3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis

As we've explored over the past forty days, Easter promises a new, subversive life and hope to the world. Whether you've never been to church or haven't been in a long time, this will be a fabulous day to check out New City!

We will have extra wonderful Easter food before the service, then we'll move into launching our NEW SERMON SERIES! The theme came directly from the people of color at New City advocating for reconnecting with our bodies.

Children's Ministry will be available during the service!

facebook event is here

 

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The festivities continue that evening! Bring a friend (non-New City people very welcome) and some food. We'll have some Easter activities too, because duh it's New City.
If you started going to New City in the last three months, we especially would like you to come!

Easter Dinner facebook event

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Launching New Series: Conflict Revolution!
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We're so excited about launching our new series: Conflict Revolution! We'll be exploring why it is that we (Minnesotans, Americans) are so bad at conflict, and how God can show us the way of real peace.

Every Sunday starting Feb 18!
3104 16th Ave S (2nd floor), Minneapolis, MN 55407

Check our facebook page for more details!

Then After:

 

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New City is able to make a difference when our community steps up! Come hear how you can share your talents, grow as a leader, and join God in transforming Minneapolis.

After Community Table (10-12pm), we'll have a FREE LUNCH for anyone interested in learning how they can step up. 

This is perfect if you:
+Are new to the community and want to volunteer for the first time
+Are a regular at New City and want to try something new or advance your skills
+Have a secret talent you want to share (juggling??)

If there is a particular opportunity you are interested, leave a comment and we'll make sure to accommodate. See you there!

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