Roosevelt Island—dubbed “Welfare Island” in 1921—–once housed a prison, a lunatic asylum, a charity hospital, a smallpox hospital, and a workhouse. It was renamed in 1971 with a vision to make it a flourishing space with a special focus on accessibility for people with disabilities.
Because of the resurrection, the faithful can “glory in their suffering,” knowing it produces character, hope, and victory in Christ. I get to see this everyday in my Flatbush neighborhood, where hope and suffering collide into perseverance everyday.
When my family first moved to Park Slope, we were very aware of the blessing and beauty of this neighborhood, but I was sadly ignorant of the history, strife, and divisions that lay just under the surface. Now, 10 years into living in this neighborhood that has become our home, I am learning to see it so differently.
As we embrace a higher view of the image of God, a humble view of our human divisions and a home as a reconciled people, we can see the very thing our world craves: reconciliation.
More than 60,000 New Yorkers sleep in city shelters each night, and thousands more sleep on the streets, subways, and public spaces. Here are five ways you can pray for the Don't Walk By outreaches happening next month—and for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.
In a place like West Harlem, we are called to live in such a way that we’re not contributing to the displacement of our neighbors who have been here for decades, but rather uplifting, learning from, and together building.
As we approach this holiday season, may we focus our hearts on You, Father, and celebrate the gift of life through Your Son, Jesus. Help us also to be mindful of those—whether a friend, neighbor, or family member—who may be wrestling with feelings of grief and despair.
Flushing, Queens has one of the highest rates of foreign-born residents (nearly 6 in 10) in all of New York City. With that comes the second highest rate of limited English proficiency citywide. Learn more about the neighborhood and how you can pray.
We have much to learn from Jesus' parable of the persistent widow about helping the unrepresented become represented by an advocate. For if a cynical judge will finally be responsive to a widow’s pleas, how much more responsive is the God who created and loves you.
Six in 10 New Yorkers are either immigrants or children of immigrants, and many face challenges as they encounter a new language and culture. Join us in prayer for the holistic flourishing of all immigrants in our city.