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Let us celebrate together all that God has done and is doing in our midst. Our annual network-wide party and vision gathering will take place on the evening of Friday, May 8th starting at6:30pm at St. Francis College, Callahan Center, in Downtown Brooklyn (180 Remsen St.) Dinner and drinks will be mingled with giving thanks as we look back at what God has done for us in the past year and anticipate what he will do for and through us in the coming year. We will also be coming together elect a new class of elders. Childcare will be provided. Dinner is at 6:30pm, with a short program following. Come and celebrate with your church family!
Brooklyn Fellows exists so that members of Resurrection Brooklyn can grow in their understanding of the full scope of the Good News of Jesus Christ: Jesus has come to renew his people and his world through his death and resurrection. We want our members to see how their individual faith stories are part of the larger story of God’s redemption. From this understanding, we want our members to find new freedom and boldness to serve the Church and to engage every aspect of culture through their vocations.
To that end, Brooklyn Fellows is designed around the following theological and philosophical pillars:
- The biblical narrative of redemption is the most beautiful, compelling, and powerful story. Its scope is both individual and cosmic. Knowing the biblical narrative shapes and changes our perspective on everything.
- God is at work to make the Church the most beautiful, compelling, and powerful community as it lives out the biblical narrative of redemption. The mission of the Church must reflect the scope of the biblical narrative.
- We are created to be fully integrated human beings and we are called to live fully integrated lives. Our Sunday worship and private spiritual devotion are not in opposition to the rest of the week. Our worship and work reflect the same reality of God’s renewing work through Jesus Christ.
- The incarnation of Jesus means the effects and implications of his Good News are to be felt in the here and now. What we do in the here and now matters.
In short, Brooklyn Fellows is committed to helping members of Brooklyn Resurrection develop a comprehensive biblical worldview, engage the spiritual disciplines, integrate faith and work, and foster community. This will be done through readings, group conversations, and individual and communal spiritual exercises.
Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion…The gospel of Jesus points us and indeed urges us to be at the leading edge of the whole culture, articulating…a worldview that will mount the historically-rooted Christian challenge to both modernity and postmodernity, leading the way…with joy and humor and gentleness and good judgment and true wisdom.
—N.T. Wright, The Challenge of Jesus
Flannery Brown was one of the members from Resurrection Brooklyn to participate in the 2015 Ethiopia Missions Trip to Addis Ababa. Below is a short excerpt from her about her experience there in February.
The very first day of being in Ethiopia was a day of visiting people in their homes. Our team of nine people split into groups of three. The first one we visited was in Suki, a neighborhood in Addis. We walked through the streets as we made our way there, receiving smiles and stares from many people as we went. Kids came up to us and shook our hands saying, “What is your name?” in broken English and then would run away giggling after attempting to repeat our answers.
When we reached the first family’s home and went inside I was pretty shocked by what I saw. The small house made of mud, grass, and a tin roof was about as big as my dining room table. It housed one bed, a few chairs, an extremely tiny TV with antennae, a small bench, and a family of five. I was suddenly very ashamed of how richly I live compared to them. It felt weird to go into their tiny little home in our American clothes, sunglasses, and shoes.
We sat in tiny chairs as we talked to the family through our translator; the kids were shy, but they explained (with their parents’ help) that they were doing very well in school and enjoyed learning. They were so cute! We learned that the father had lost his previous wife; the mother of two of the kids, and then after that a neighbor had moved in with her child. After getting to know a bit about them, we asked if they had any prayer requests. There were some pretty general ones like the kids’ health and success in school, but then the father’s own request was that he would live long enough to help his kids grow up. Seeing the grief and pain written on his face as he explained was extremely sad and it really shook me. So when we bent our heads to pray, I asked if we could all hold hands. I felt a little embarrassed asking, and I wasn’t sure what had come over me since it was a little uncalled for, but we held hands. And that was probably one of the best moments of my life. It’s hard to explain in writing, or even in words, what that feeling was like, but I had never felt so close to God. It was incredible that although there was a language difference, we all could come together in God’s presence and find his extraordinary love through prayer and holding one another’s hands.
As Christians, a common question we may have is “If God is really the loving, almighty, all-powerful, amazing God he claims to be, why is there so much suffering?” Going on the mission trip to Ethiopia helped me to realize that God is actually more present when there’s suffering. He unites people through hardship. The best thing about my trip was seeing all the hope the people of Addis have. Yes, there are very sad moments, but overall it was a truly joyful experience.
APRIL 2nd AT 6PM
The Thursday before Easter the church remembers
the last evening Jesus shared with his disciples in the upper room before his arrest and crucifixion. As part of our Holy Week observance, the congregations of Resurrection Brooklyn gather together to reflect on the “new commandment” (Latin: mondatum novum) Jesus gave his disciples to love one another (John 13:34). This is a powerful worship experience for adults and children of all ages. Dinner will be served at 6:00PM and worship will follow from 7:00–8:00PM. Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers. Dinner (and childcare) will be in CBE’s Temple House (the building across the street from the main sanctuary) with worship following in the Sanctuary across the street.