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Solidarity Day!
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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
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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!
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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:

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

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Launch is coming Nov 12!
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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
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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.

Blessings!

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Last Reflections: My Time at New City Church – Minneapolis (Steven Coles, intern)

This post was originally published on Steven's personal blog

 

I remember driving up to Minnesota. I had just left Kansas City seeing some wonderful people in my life, and I feared what the next ten weeks held for me. Little did I know while driving, that I was going to be changed when I got to Minnesota.

I am ran by fear. Most of my life has been using fear to push myself to be the best person that I can be. And, even at some points in my life, to survive. When I entered the space of New City Church, I was being led by fear. Fear of being different, of failing, or even not being good enough. Up to this point, that is how I felt about the church: that I was not good enough as a gay man to be pursuing ministry the way that I am. Fear, which was and is normal, was heightened during my drive to Bloomington.

I had the mentality that I was coming to New City to work. To be taught and led so that I can lead and then finish off my degree at Duke. I was not expecting anything. I had learned to not expect anything. Instead, I was met with love and grace since day one. Of course, I denounced those feelings. My fear has taught me to take platitudes and not acknowledge them as they cause pain. But, as my time here grew, so did the love and grace that others gave me. An example of this is that I am not a “hug” type person. I do not hug often. But, EVERYONE at New City seem to be “hug” type people. “I love you” and hugs are always exchanged. And I was invited into this space. And people always respected my personal space, but they always made it known that they wanted to hug me. This was an interesting part of New City: that New City met me where I was at, rather than I meet them where they were at. I was being ministered to rather than me ministering to them.

Fear also drives me to be very organized. I do not do surprises or things without a plan. It has kept me safe and helped me deal with reality better. New City was a “curative” way of helping me to see this, and pushing me to change that ideology. This is not to say that New City is not an organized space, because it is, but maybe organized chaos. This “chaos” showed me that I do not take life as it comes, but I try to plan life. And no one can plan their life. I should know this, but I loved to think that I could control my life. Instead, New City showed me how to be a person of the Holy Spirit again. They did this by showing me to lean on the Spirit and be open to what She has for me each day in every way. This was another beautiful gift that I have missed in my life.

Now, thus far, you might think that I am just terrible or someone that is a jerk. But, if anything, this post shows how I think. And New City challenged that. Not in a bad way, but in ways that showed that fear did not need to control me as much as it does.

C. S. Lewis, a brilliant author and theologian, says this about friendship: “Friendship … is born at the moment when one [person] says to another ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself [struggled that way]…’” And I can say with certainty, that I have made life time friends here. And why? Because New City showed me themselves and invited me in. They said, “We do these things,” and even when I do not do that same thing, or do not understand, they loved me anyways. Really, New City ministered to me more than I did them. They taught me to love the Spirit again, to love everyone that I see, and to be honest and to listen more than speak.

I will be driving similar roads again in a week or so. And I can say that, I will not be fearful. Not just because I will be going back to familiarity, but because, even though I will physically be traveling alone, I will never be alone. New City Church will always be with me. And for that beautiful reason, my life is forever changed.

 

Here is a picture of the staff and myself. I will love and miss these wonderful people:

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