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The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group has announced Trinity Lutheran Church: Creating Sanctuary and Social Change, a virtual conversation with Heidi Neumark, Author, and Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, set for Thursday, January 21st at 5:30 pm.
The webinar will look at how a small church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side addresses the major social issues of our time, and how it has evolved as the neighborhood around it changed.
Neumark writes of the church community’s early embrace of the challenges posed by HIV and AIDS; of hosting arts groups and addressing neighborhood gentrification; of becoming a bi-lingual Spanish/English church; of the removal of the church building’s historic windows; of recent immigrant families’ struggles; of Thanksgiving dinners that feed 1,000, and about the stream that runs through the foundation of the church; the SWEAT Chinese and Latino workers’ demonstrations and celebrations that have been planned in Trinity’s space; and especially the shelter for LGBTQIA+ youth in the church basement, one of only a few such shelters in the five NYC boroughs.
Pastor Neumark’s new book, Sanctuary: Being Christian in the Wake of Trump, tells the church’s story, starting with the original German immigrant congregation members who built the church.
Before becoming the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in 2003, Neumark was the pastor of a church in the South Bronx and a founding member of a community organizing group that built low-cost Nehemiah homes in the area and established a top-ranked public high school. These experiences led to her first book, Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx.
Her journey of uncovering and reflecting upon her late-life discovery of Jewish roots is chronicled in her book Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith.
For more information, visit the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group’s website.
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