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See you for Easter!

See you at Easter!

Sunday (4/16)

3105 16th Ave S, Minneapolis (Walker UMC building, second floor)

8:30-10am Easter Pancakes

10:30-12 Worship

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Weekly Worship for Lent!

New City is making a big leap! We are moving from monthly to weekly worship services for Lent (March 1-April 16).  We crowdsourced our sermon topics from our community--join us for a good time!

3104 16th Ave S,
Minneapolis, MN 55407

10:00-10:30 Refreshments
10:30-12:00 Worship

As always, you can follow us on our facebook page to get up-to-date info!

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See you at the next Community Table!

Sunday, 2/19, 10am-12:30pm
3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis
(second floor of Walker building)

 

 

"Wait...the Bible? Like. The book?"

Yes! The Bible!

Most of the members of the New City community only hear about the Bible in the context of political attacks ("The Bible says __________ so therefore it's okay to oppress _____").

Can a book that has served as such fodder for such ideological warfare (and, sometimes, literal warfare) ever be redeemed?

It would appear that many of the justice-making Christians throughout history (Martin Luther King, Jr.; Cesar Chavez; Jane Addams to name a few!) would say yes, it certainly can!

In fact, reading the Bible can lead to the very spiritual transformation that makes social change possible in the first place.

Join us at Community Table this Sunday to hear more!

https://www.facebook.com/events/432144857176394/

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Your Cheat Sheet for the Holiday Dinner table

As we learn from reading the Bible, Jesus was not shy about talking to people he disagreed with.  

No matter how much he disagreed with the person he was debating, though, he ultimately always affirmed their existence as a child of God. It's a balance that is easier said than done!

If you are at all nervous about conversations around the dinner table, here are some tips:

 

When talking with someone whom you strongly disagree with:


1. Be mindful of your energy. This meaning your external and internal energy. Don't feel forced to engage in a way that doesn't align with your energy level.
 

2. Discern the importance of the relationship (if there is one.) This will help you determine if you should address it in a group setting or in private.

3. If someone says something outright unacceptable (where you feel compelled to respond) "I don't hear the truth in what you're saying" can be a good way to introduce a difference in perspective without being combative.

4. Another approach is to ask the person "Can you unpack that last statement/thought?" (Note: Important to check your face/posture if you choose to use this approach.) Typically if you listen to their perspective, they will listen to you when you respond.
 

5. Take a moment to discern who is being the difficult person in the room/conversation. Sometimes YOU are seen as the "difficult person". This particularly applies if you are the only person with your perspective (I.e. The only outspoken Democrat in the room.) This can be helpful to remember as you decide what language/terms to use.
 

6. Remember you have a choice to engage or not.

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Takeaways from Community Table

No matter what you think about the results of the 2016 election, know this: the people groups that the president-elect has most deeply offended (and threatened) are the people groups who populate our neighborhood.  Immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ people, black people, and women all but sum up who we are, and there was a shockwave of panic when they announced the results from the election.

This wasn't intentional (well, at least not on our part), but we had one of our monthly Community Table services the Sunday after the election. As part of the service, we broke into table discussion groups that addressed various conversation topics we care about.

Here's what the community said*:

 

What are potential needs that might arise in our community? What are solutions?

  • Threat to people on government healthcare (prescription skipping, subsidies, mental health)
  • Loss of healthcare coupled with potential homelessness
  • Provide outlets for "comfortable" people to reach out of comfort zone 1x daily
  • Educate about sexual assault--microaggressions
  • Self defense for victims (solution)
  • Social media/digital etiquette and safe space (physical and digital)
  • Create safe space for people (activities, stories, etc.)
  • Sensitivity and media around new or uncomfortable expressions
  • How can we make every space a safe space.  How do we bring safety-peace-defense with us?
  • Practical tools: education around statements of victims--what do we do?
  • How to be involved with law/politics
  • Safe houses
  • Legal funds (or just funds) for allies who lose or are punished for their choices
  • Teach communities how to "stop gap" between aggressors
  • Way to track "hot areas" or problem spots
  • Access to antibiotics and birth control (if lose health insurance)
  • Access to mental health resources with rising needs (outside of medical assistance system)
  • Need for artistic expression
  • self defense for victims
  • How to pivot between identities of being a victim and being an ally
  • Equalize everyone in USA = we are all immigrants
  • App--be safe

 

How to compassionately talk with conservatives (or anyone you don't agree with)

  • Get beyond "keeping the peace"
  • Be  OK with US feeling uncomfortable
  • Be OK with OTHERS feeling uncomfortable
  • Start from self ("I feel...")
  • Values NOT policy details
  • "I don't hear the truth in that"
  • Living in segregated society
  • How to share physical space?
  • How to share head space?
  • How to share heart space?
  • Understand that people aren't always ready to talk politics
  • Respect this in yourself and others
  • Understand when to use Facebook for political reasons (and when to disengage)
  • Remain open to others' thoughts
  • Stop and think before responding
  • Keep DIALOGUE going, don't shut others down
  • Find the commonality that you share with others
  • We share this country (how can we build it together?)
  • Music
  • Why do we both (all) care so much about this?
  • Don't dehumanize
  • See the God in others
  • Actively listen without validating hate

 

*please note that New City does not necessarily "officially" endorse these views. 100% of them, though, are straight from the mouths of at least one of the members of our community!

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Bendiciones the Lemon Tree

Today Adam and Reynaldo delivered a fruit tree to one of the great people in our neighborhood. In comparison to the apple trees we're planting in other people's yards, this one is a (drumroll) INDOOR lemon tree! This is a first for this program, and we're excited to see how it grows!

Together, we learned how to water, fertilize, and prune the tree. At the end we (New City folks + giggly kids) prayed a blessing for the tree, and gave our neighbor a sign that said Bendiciones ("blessings") from New City Church.

"Bendiciones," our neighbor said. "That will be the name of this tree."

Tyler may have gotten a little eensy bit misty eyed, at that point, because seriously that's just beautiful.

So cheers! To Bendiciones the tree, to our neighborhood, and to the New City. We are looking to plant a lot of trees in the next couples weeks, so if you want to join in (receive a tree, volunteer to plant, or donate), check out:

www.GrowNewCity.church/fruit

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Philando Castile: prayers for action and insight

In the wake of the death of Philando Castile, New City Church held a service for the community (with the gracious hosting of Walker United Methodist). We had "Action" and "Insight" walls, where people could write what they felt inspired to do. Here are the results:

The views below do not (necessarily) reflect the views or opinions of New City Church as a whole. Also, the typos may be because of what people wrote, and it may be because this is a LOT OF DATA ENTRY :)

Action:

  • To become present in the midst and listen--become educated in previously ignored stories. Become active in supporting change without taking it over. Help and be avaialble for leaders and movers to rise up.
  • I vow to treat all persons with respect and dignity. I want to be open to working for change by connecting with others who value all lives. I will challenge the way I have seen the world by opening my mind to perspectives different from mine.
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  • Honoring
  • Volunteer at and support my ACLU. Do court watch to see what judges are doing--remove problem judges.
  • Go out into local community and engage with discussion around current disparities occuring in the neighborhood and what can be done on a small scale to improve and create localized change (example: urban food deserts limit access to healthy food. Create a community network space that contributes/makes donates fresh fruit)
  • Volunteer with school and community restorative justice 
  • LISTEN and HEAR. Do both of these things with intention. Let my conversations and actions extend into the weeks and months ahead. Let them be sustained. Foster connection, even when unfamiliar situations are difficult for the shy and introverted.
  • Demand change to attend the city's immediate need today! Open hotline for people to communicate with government. No combag gear--incites even mroe anger. Allow people to express feelings--let them march peacefully with police proection, not to combat
  • Ask, "What do you mean by that?" both within your movement, for building clarification, and with those whom you disagree with, rather than letting instances of racism/injustice slide by.
  • Transforming our language from "what can I do?" to "what do you need?" How do we respond with compasion and validation ofanger to protestors that are taking violent actions?
  • Smiles! Sing! Show up! Hug! Share!
  • Keep talking and listening but also take time to rest
  • Don't say I'm "Good" when I'm not. When things aren't alright don't pretend they are to strangers or friends.
  • organize/create spaces that encourage open and nonjudgment dialogue, about hte state of ssociety
  • look first for peace within myself
  • "small talk" opens doors--jsut start there. Know, learn to know, the other, the diferent. Say "hello," say check out those kids--how anything a game--start anywhere to see how alike we are. 
  • Block party. Vote economic justice.
  • Interrogate whitness in our social spaces, systems, and selves. Repent for my complicity and silence in the face of racist oppression hold other white people accoutnable for unlearning whitneess and deconstructing racism. Learn to shut up and listen and let POC voices be centered. Be humble and teachable. Show up--pray with presence and movement of feet. Hold our government accountable for rapid and sytemic change.
  • Exercise great kindness and seek empahty and truth == even if it harsh and hurtful
  • mobilize with youth to police stations [speak nothing]. Have each young person explain the feelings toward the police and why. Police accept that they are puppets of power. Documentary. Committee of Oppression. Opposers outfit, literally a group of five that can document and record injustices. Maybe a hotline (922?). Black officers. Human Rights Advocate at every arrest. 3 months out of 12 police should undergo rehabilitation languages and conduct. Not everyone is a criminal. Police need to have a strict no injustice tolerance act.
  • Talk with your fmaily and tell them how you feel
  • Order BLM yard sign and tshirt. Set intentional curriculum at school with works by POC. Get off FB as much and schedule more 1: time with friends
  • Implement cold anger by organizing a group that prints signs for peole to hold up on any street. The more signs everywhere the better.
  • Have people wear blaze orange ('don't shoot!')
  • end petty traffic pullovers run license send notice by mail. Underwrite minor car repairs: taillight, signal. Fixit clinic: grants, donations, churches, community groups, insurance COS, businesses, sports teams

Insight

  • Hate can never be justified. Anger and hate are not the same. Apathy is as dangerous as hatred. Change comes when we see things differently.
  • This has been such a hard week. All emotions right on the surface. Trying to bridge ___ that's my life purpose--all our purposes right now. REaching out with LOVE holding each so one tears' heal ALL
  • We are a circle within acircle. A circle where love always begins. And justice will never end. Blessed be!
  • It was courage and it was truth to film the massacre, so dissenters won't mislead the story on what happened. Defend the truth recorders!
  • Take sides. It feels divisivie, but that "neutrality" is the side of the status quo. I work for a business that this week used their busy sale time to shut down and protest police brutality, at a possible detriment tot eir sales. Which is not what everyone should or can do, but I appreciate being somewhere that doesn't pretend to have no bias, that acknowledges their ptential for shifting attention. I ronically, I used to work in a restraurant that gave cops in uniform free offee. Which I imagine htye would not have said was political, but of coursrse it was.
  • Why are cops so afraid?! Statistically, cops have never been safer. Why don't good cops speak out? There must be some reason why they are silent? Why does policing attract and support sadists and bullies?
  • We do not have to "finish" these, nor be 100% successful. We only need to seek. Just try!
  • Escapism is not healing. 
  • I love the idea of "healing" not meaning getting over somethign and moving on, but channeling our anger and centering ourselves so that we can mobilize, build community, and sustain a movement. It's hard to act when we're too overcome with grief to move. 
  • being born into "accidental privilege" and while having the benefit of a multicultural upbringing. I haven't experienced the terror of my children being in danger or being harmed by authorities who are meant to protect us
  • I may lose some friends over our disagreements re: race, police, America. I will never fully understand but I will always try to listen for understanding. I must get to know my neighbors.
  • "Black holds so much power"
  • What does it look like to use calm and beauty in the face of police brutality, tear gas, rubber bullets, ugliness, when the violence is often so much louder?
  • my silence = violence
  • "Violence is as American as cherry pie"
  • clear your vision by getting your life in order. Achieve routine so that an action is posible. Ideas will come. They lie ther ready to be harvested. To be taken up and run with.
  • The one step you make towards change is not merely one step. It rigns ane echoes and reaches those other souls who took astep forward too.
  • Am I willing to get arrested? If not, what does that mean?
  • Power dynamic change: transformation from seeking power over to power under. Lift up rather than speak fo; amplify voices that must be heard and have been ignored and silence.
  • racism is a symptom of the malignancy of greed. Police, even laws, are only necessary when someone does not have enough. They arefor those who do not appreciate having enough.The police are under values nad not compensated properly. Society gets what it pays for. A properly run police force is necessary for a well run society, we must consider it to be greatly important allocat eresources accordingly.
  • I have walled myself off from people's pain. Why?
  • I haven't been to church regularly, or at all, in a long time. But I noticed this morning that this space was one of hte most intergenerational ones I've been in in a while. So was the protest at the governor's mansion. So maybe I'm not selecting spaces well, in my life, but this feels important to name. Also, that community organizing is a skill: a necessary, practical one.
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