Grace and Race
About Grace & Race
“Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”
At Redeemer, we seek to love and serve our city, not ourselves. This includes not only those who don't believe as we do, but the poor, the immigrant, the marginalized, and the other.
In Colossians 3:12-15, Paul exhort believers to a deep and authentic unity. This is no general admonition to unity, but a specific admonition to unity where the natural barriers of race so clearly manifest themselves. Read in this way, this text brings home a powerful message to a church divided along the lines of race. The Gospel unites all of God’s people, bringing them together into one Body, despite the divisions with which we live in a fallen world. When the gathered people of God reflect the power of the Gospel to transform all cultures and unite all peoples in the worship of their Creator and Savior, then the Gospel is powerfully represented and the Lord is greatly glorified.
We are a group within Redeemer who seek to embrace the Gospel call to redeemed relationships across ethnic/racial barriers. We do so by providing events and spaces for prayer, conversation, and the sharing of cultural goods across racial/ethnic lines.
(The text above is adapted from the PCA Pastoral Letter on Race, 2004.)
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Connect with Hope for New York affiliates
—Defy Ventures provides opportunities for entrepreneurship, leadership, and career development to men and women with criminal histories.
—Exodus Transitional Community provides supportive services to formerly incarcerated men and women to help them reintegrate into their communities, achieve social and economic well-being, and break the cycle of recidivism.
—Open Hands Legal Services brings free legal services directly to community members at host non-profit organizations throughout the city.
Grace & Race Workshop: What Racial Reconciliation Requires on January 12, 2017
Explore what racial reconciliation truly requires in a workshop led by Rich Villodas, Pastor of New Life Fellowship in Queens. Discussion groups and Q&A to follow. The workshop will be held at W83 Ministry Center on the evening of January 12 from 7:30-9:30pm. Video of the event will be posted in the coming weeks.
Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Tim Keller on May 21, 2016
Q&A with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller moderated by Pamela Brown-Peterside
—Hope after Prison workshop on June 8, 2016: Join Hope for New York affiliates (Defy Ventures, Exodus Transitional Community, and Open Hands Legal Services) for an exploration and discussion of the realities and challenges formerly incarcerated individuals face as they return to life after prison.
—“Life After Life in Prison” on June 15, 2016: Sara Bennett, a criminal defense attorney for thirty years, started photographing four of the women she met to give a face to “long-termers,” each having spent 17-35 years in a New York State maximum security prison. Bennett’s images give a glimpse of their dignity, patience and perseverance as they rebuild their lives in the face of societal hurdles. Reception June 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 17.
Grace & Race: Why Race Matters to God and What That Means for Us
Watch Abe Cho's talk on Jan 14, 2016
Hosted by Hope for New York affiliates and CTC church plants.
Did you know that Redeemer City to City and Hope for New York have over 100 affiliated church plants and nonprofits throughout the five boroughs? On these unique walking tours, you will hear their stories and process the history of a neighborhood, its brokenness, its beauty, and its systemic issues related to poverty and race together. This is primarily an opportunity to learn about a NYC neighborhood, but there will be ways to connect with what God is doing in the neighborhood through Redeemer’s affiliates.