As Katherine Alsdorf wrote in the March Newsletter, I assumed the role of Program Director of Redeemer’s Center for Faith and Work in August of last year. It has been a privilege to guide the expansion of the CFW DNA into each Redeemer church and organize the centralized programs to serve the Redeemer family of churches' gospel movement efforts. I have been humbled and encouraged by Redeemer’s dauntless Faith and Work pastors Milla Nieminen, Mark Ro, David Plant, and Chuck Armstrong who have stepped into their roles with confidence and begun crafting the unique expressions of faith and work ministry in their congregations.
Over the fall and winter sections of the Gotham Fellowship, we explored Gospel renewal of the heart and Gospel renewal through community. This spring, the Gotham fellows dive deep into developing a theological understanding of Gospel renewal in the World. To do this, the fellows are exploring Abraham Kuyper’s "Stone Lectures" with special guest conversations, featuring both academics and practioners, about the implications of Kuyper’s Christian philosophy for faithfulness in the daily lives of professionals. We've learned from novelist Min Jin lee, musician Vito Auito, actor Elizabeth A. Davis, composer Kyler Werner, and film critic Alissa Wilkinson. This weekend, we welcome Dr. Vincent Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology & Director of Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College.
In addition to his time with the Gotham cohorts, Dr. Bacote will join us this Monday evening, April 15 at 7 p.m., for a conversation about Political Discipleship. Click here to learn more and register.
Finally, Gotham applications for our 2020 class close on April 30, so we ask for you to prayerfully consider who you may know that may benefit from the program. Please pray also for our CFW staff and Faith & Work pastoral staff as we seek God’s wisdom in shaping the 2020 cohorts and as we ask for God's grace to be faithful stewards of this ministry.
Ps. We’re excited about the first solo album release by CFW staffer Jon Seale under his band moniker Son of Cloud, check it out here!
Scott Calgaro, Program Director, Center for Faith & Work
2020 GOTHAM FELLOWSHIP
GOTHAM SOCIAL THIS SUNDAY
Are you searching for deeper meaning in your work? Would you like a greater experience of how God is using your calling to serve New York City?
The Gotham Fellowship is a nine-month learning community for equipping people to view their work through the lens of the gospel. Through Gotham, we seek to deepen your connection to God’s redemptive work by applying theology, spiritual practices, and cultural renewal to your work, your relationships, and the city. Apply by April 30.
Still on the fence about applying? Join us this Sunday, April 14, for a Gotham Social at Grace’s bar (252 West 14th) from 7 to 9 p.m. Simply show up, bring a friend if you like, and meet Faith & Work staff and Gotham alumni, as well as others who are interested in exploring Gotham. More>
Jon Lee, a current Gotham Fellow, has shared about his process in applying and his experience going the program. More>
POLITICAL DISCIPLESHIP WITH VINCE BACOTE
MONDAY, APRIL 15
Politics and discipleship. The two words seem to have little to do with one another. In his book, The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life, theologian Vincent Bacote suggests that discipleship and politics are not as opposed as many people think. Join CFW and Dr. Bacote for a conversation on how we can follow Jesus into politics and develop a vision for political engagement that reflects our identity as image-bearers of a powerful, creative God. More>
WRITERS GROUP MONTHLY
TUESDAY, APRIL 16
This Tuesday, author Norma Jaeger Hopcraft will lead us in a faith & writing discussion On Residencies: How to Apply and Get the Most out of Your Stay. Drawing from her experiences taking a writing sabbatical in Paris, applying to US-based residencies while working full-time, and being part of diverse writing circles, she will guide us in considering such topics as how residencies are helpful to writers, where to find out about residencies, how to apply, self-discipline and accountability, and how to be a good neighbor at a residency. More>
TURNING TOWARD LOVE
WITH AMY JULIA BECKER AND ANDY CROUCH
Join us for a conversation, hosted by Agora, with authors Amy Julia Becker (White Picket Fences) and Andy Crouch (Strong and Weak), about what Becker’s learned about privilege as the mother of a child with special needs. With special guests from EI Winner Do For One and Young Life Upper West Side's Capernaum program, who work to build connections between people with and without disabilities. More>
TEARS INTO SONG
HEALING THROUGH ART WITH VESPER STAMPER
Join us for a talk and workshop by CFW Artist-in-Residence Alumna Vesper Stamper. Stamper, an author and illustrator, discusses her National Book Award-nominated graphic novel, What The Night Sings, which traces the story of a teenage musician who survives the Holocaust and seeks to find her voice as a singer again. The discussion will be followed by a hands-on art workshop. Tuesday, May 14, 7 pm, at 150 West 83rd. Tickets $20. More>