March 30, 2015

NYC government and churches

Posted in better disciples at 11:24 PM by alexlozada

The recent US Supreme Court decision to not overturn US Court of Appeals ruling on Bronx Household of Faith -v- NYC Board of Education affects many congregations in NYC, including several partners of MCC (via our support for Orchard Group). Two different viewpoints of the outcome from the NY Times and Religion News Service — noteworthy to compare the headlines and writing perspectives 🙂

The personal resonance for me goes back to my time as a management team member for Crossroads Christian Church (Brooklyn NYC). Crossroads was ready for launch Sunday, including an amicable rental agreement with a neighborhood public school. Days before launch, the local school leadership withdrew permission because of “community pressure” — including the arguments invoked by the ACLU mentioned in the articles above. Providentially, years later, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law’s church plant, Everyday Church, was able to rent a local public school in Inwood. Crossroads, with whom MCC partnered for Hurrican Sandy relief, eventually moved to rent a NYC public school for its Sunday worship.

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