What inspired you to create this website or entity?
The vision of crossing social boundaries inspires New Day Church. We invite everyone who would like to connect with God in a way that is authentic for them. Our faith community is based on the gospel of Jesus, and includes people who describe themselves as Muslim, Buddhist, and agnostic as well as Christian. We are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and straight. We confront racism, sexism and homophobia with God?s abundance and compassion.We are inspired by the creative energy of Bronx youth and young adults. Most of us are in our twenties or thirties. Some of us are children and teenagers. We study at school, create art, teach school and advocate for social justice in our community. Three of us have recently published our first book - one author is in her thirties, another in her twenties, and the other is age 6. We are also inspired by the wisdom of our elders. Many of us are in our forties, fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties. We lead and teach at Bronx schools, volunteer in Bronx social service agencies, and display our art in Bronx galleries and cafes. We are inspired by our Creator who has designed great beauty and grace in the Bronx. From the forests of the Botanical Gardens to the Hudson River, from the very young to the very old, God has made us beautiful, resilient, creative and loving. We are grateful to David Leon Morgan (davidleonmorgan.com), a professional creative storyteller and digital marketing specialist, for helping us craft a healing space on the internet where people can encounter an experience of boundary crossing faith community that may be very different from their previous experiences of church.
How does your website or entity represent or contribute to the local community or borough which you represent?
New Day is building a healing faith community. Through Sunday worship, small group gatherings and social justice projects we are transforming our lives and the Bronx. New Day works to improve life in our borough together with organizations like the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Green Worker Cooperatives, the Bronx Community Development Initiative, the Bronx Artspace, and Bronx Climate Justice North. We also contribute a portion of our Sunday offerings to support such groups. We gather at the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula and are grateful for the hospitality of this great and historic Bronx high school. Our people are Bronx teachers, principals, social workers, community and labor organizers, farmer?s market entreprenuers, computer software engineers, and clerical workers. Some of us are staff members in the offices of local elected officials. Others are make-up artists, fashion designers, artists, church executives, musicians, students, non-profit administrators, writers, drivers, dancers, graphic designers, authors and more. Most of our people come from the Bronx, but many also arrive from other boroughs, Westchester County and New Jersey to worship with us on Sunday mornings.