It was a joy and honor to be participate in the 2017 Racial Reconciliation Conference, hosted at New Life Fellowship in Queens, NY. My spiritual connection to this church goes all the way back to the early 2000’s, when the founding pastor, Pete Scazzero, released the landmark book The Emotionally Healthy Church. Nancy Ortberg, my boss at Willow Creek at the time, required our entire staff to read it, and the book was truly life changing.
New Life has been doing fantastic ministry in Queens, NY, for close to 30 years, and they are one of the most balanced and integrated churches I’ve ever experienced. I love the ways they unite contemplative spirituality with social action, and emotional health with racial reconciliation. I am a firm believe in the necessity of these disparate parts being re-united and highly recommend you consider learning more about the work they are doing at Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. I also would recommend following Pastor Rich Villodas on social media, as he is one of the most consistently deep voices in the online world.
New Life also hosts an annual Racial Reconciliation Conference, built on the assumption that reconciliation must sit on the foundation of deep spirituality and emotional health. It was an honor to be invited to speak, and I was asked to address the social construct of race from a white perspective. In this talk I acknowledge that while there are many layers to the social construct, I believe there is a central immorality that under girds the entire system. If you get a chance to listen, I’d love to hear your feedback: