Out of sight of most Americans, African Christianity is thriving in New York and other cities, here and around the globe. It is a gift in our midst, a vivid reminder that Christ is about flourishing, says the author of “Word Made Global.”
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The Rev. Justin Mathews works the serving line at Thelma's Kitchen, a cafe operated by Reconciliation Services.
Photos by Susan Pfannmuller
In a neighborhood long marked by the trauma of racism and poverty, Reconciliation Services is building community with an entrepreneurial but distinctly Orthodox Christian approach to mission.
The Episcopal bishop of Connecticut says his role is prodding, challenging, inviting and encouraging the faithful to ask the question, “What is God up to in the neighborhood?”
Emigdio Moronta and his daughter chat with Vince Anderson (right, in gray hat) in the bodega Moronta runs in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens. Photo by Whitney Kidder
Twenty-four mostly small-scale grocers in Brooklyn and Queens post art in their store windows in a series of displays modeled on an Advent calendar.
Students and faculty from City Seminary of New York gather at Grand Central Station for a "Pray and Break Bread" event. Photo courtesy of Mark Gornik
How will Christians live out their faith in a world that is more urban than ever before? The director and the dean of City Seminary of New York share what they’re learning as God brings Christians from across the globe to New York and other urban areas.
Today’s Christian leaders need to listen to people’s stories, try small experiments and join in where new things are developing, says the founder of The Missional Network.
Randy Evans at the meal and service he offers to people who are poor on the waterfront in Wilmington, North Carolina. Photos by Alex Maness
When Hurricane Florence pounded the North Carolina coast, Randy Evans opened his home to people living outdoors. That act of hospitality exemplifies his ministry, which offers community and friendship to the poor.
It's in shops and streets and other unexpected places where God’s transforming "meant to be" experiences happen. iStock / Torresigner
As pastors, don’t leave the power of “God moments” entirely to chance. Help make them happen. Ask yourselves, “Where am I ‘meant to be’ this week?”
These school children in Honduras are among the 3.5 million people in 55 countries who now have safe water thanks to Water Mission. Photos courtesy of Water Mission
Water Mission had the engineering expertise to become a leader in installing water systems in developing countries around the globe. But just as important, the nonprofit realized, was an active focus on its core values and workplace culture.
Redeemer Lutheran's annual block party is one of the many ways the church reaches out to the Harrison neighborhood in North Minneapolis. Photos courtesy of Redeemer Lutheran Church
Viewing the congregation as more than the Sunday faithful, Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis has been ‘a beacon of hope’ for nearby residents, with its focus on service to the neighborhood.
What opportunities do cities -- such as Detroit, pictured here -- offer for reconciliation? iStock / Pawel Gaul
A theologian urges Christians to understand their own neighborhoods as places that are rich and layered with theological meaning, leading them to think differently about everyday faith and practice.