Coming Soon...Wing Young Huie speaks at New City Church!

Sunday, Dec 10
10:00-10:30am Refreshments
10:30am-12pm Worship
3104 16th Ave S (second floor)


New City Church is proud to invite Wing Young Huie to our Sunday Community Table! Huie (full bio below) has been photographing the everyday lives of Minnesotans for over 30 years, including the widely recognized Lake Street USA (2000) installation. His presentation comes as New City's 6-part series on "Habits of a De-Gentrifier."

Huie's talk will serve as the 'sermon' for our Community Table. Like always, we will have live music, Scripture reading, spiritual practice, and free food. Childcare provided!

Wing Young Huie
Wing Young Huie has been photographing for over thirty years, with much of it focused on his home state of Minnesota. Although his
work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums, his most well-known projects are large-scale public installations, including Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000) and The University Avenue Project (2010), which transformed major Twin Cities’ thoroughfares into epic photo galleries, reflecting the
everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most culturally diverse areas in the country.

In 2000 the Star Tribune named Wing “Artist of the Year,” stating, “Lake Street USA is likely to stand as a milestone in the history of photography and public art.” The resulting book was hailed by the Star Tribune as one of 25 great books ever published about Minnesota.

Wing’s six published books are: The University Avenue Project, Volume 1 (2010); The University Avenue Project Volume 2 (2010); Looking For Asian American: An Ethnocentric Tour (2007); Lake Street USA (2001) and Frogtown: Photographs and Conversations in an Urban Neighborhood (1996); Their Great Gift (2016).

The Minnesota Historical Society Press will publish Chinese-ness, his current project, in 2018. Is Chinese identity personal, cultural, national, political, imposed? Does it migrate, become malleable or transmuted? When is it authentic, exotic, kitsch, appropriated? This book combines photography and writing to explore and complicate the myriad Chinese-ness experiences in Huie’s home state of Minnesota, other regions of the United States, and in China, by employing various documentary and conceptual conceits.

Artist Statement
Whether in epic public installations or international museum exhibitions, my intent is to create up-to- the-minute societal mirrors of who we are, seeking to reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible and seldom noticed.

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Solidarity Day!

Thank you for joining us for our first-ever Solidarity Day! So wonderful to see a standing room-only crowd to honor Roxanne Anderson and Anna Meyer for their De-Gentrifying work in the neighborhood.

SEE YOU at Discussion Group next week! 10am, back in Walker (3405 Chicago Ave S)






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This is what a Launch Looks Like

Thank you to the 127 grownups and all the kids who came to the kickoff of our De-Gentrifier series! The room crackled with energy. Today more than ever it was clear that we are a movement of people who are joining God in transforming Minneapolis. If you have a picture from Launch, please send it over!

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5 Ways to Promote the De-Gentrifier Series!


Want to help promote the New City Launch Season (which starts Nov 12!)?  

  1. Pray for New City every day.  Breathing in: God, build in me the New City; Breathing out: God, grow the New City community.  With daily habits like these, it's best if you set an alarm on your phone.
  2. Facebook: Click "Going" on the event pages and share ("I'm excited for this! Who wants to come with?").  Nov 12 event is here, Nov 19 event is here.
  3. Make a list of 5 chill people who are not involved with New City, and send a message to invite them. The more personal the message the better!
  4. Think about public spaces you could post this. Neighborhood listservs? Twin Cities facebook groups?  Below are BW & color flyers if you want to print any to post on community boards
  5. Flyer with us tomorrow! On Nov 5 we'll go around the neighborhood.  If you can't make it tomorrow but still want to flyer, we can get lit to you!

Here are some downloads:

1/2 sheet color image (.png)

Canvassing Flyer (.pdf, can be printed black and white, bilingual)

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Launch is coming Nov 12!

Free food, childcare, and giveaways!!

Nov 12 is the launch of New City WEEKLY gatherings, and we're starting with a clear, bold affirmation: God has a vision of a Minneapolis that is diverse, safe, and green. For us to live into that, we need to address the major gentrification (displacement of people of color) that is happening in our very own neighborhood. It's not just policy work--it is soul work, and that is why we need a church community.

Each week Nov 12-Christmas, we will talk about a different way to address gentrification. We'll be working out of the book How to Kill a City (Moskowitz) and, as always, ancient insight from the Bible. 

Then, on Nov 19, we'll be gathering off-site with one of our local community partners! The Holy Spirit is all about solidarity :)

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A Note on White Supremacy

Last Sunday, Pastor Tyler opened the sermon with a basic truth: white supremacy will not win.

White supremacy is the bitter fruit of racism that our country has struggled with for centuries. It influences systems of power, cultures, industries, and even our day-to-day interactions. Even though there isn't a white supremacy march (like the one in Charlottesville) every day, the ways this ideology pervades our daily lives is manifold.

It is uncomfortable to take personal responsibility for racism; and yet, anyone living in American culture has participated in it in some form or fashion.  Even at New City, which is a community of people who attempt to be at the forefront of eliminating racism, we confess that there is still much work to be done.

In contrast to the despair that this weighty task might foster, the Gospel offers an infinite spring of hope. The Gospel tells us that we will never be able to solve these problems on our own.  God is the only one who can transform hearts, and we lean heavily on that promise in times like these, when it feels as if our hearts are torn apart. We take responsibility, we do the work, we take the risk--but ultimately it is God who will save us. 

God's love wins. White supremacy will not win.

This is an ongoing struggle, but we struggle together. Please let us know how we can support you in this important, faithful work.


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