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Practices of PEACE

Practices of Peace

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Overview | Pause | Eat | Ask | Commune | Examine

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." —Matthew 11:28-30

Welcome to the Practices of PEACE, five practices, Pause, Eat, Ask, Commune, Examine, that are the markers of the Redeemer East Side Community. We want all of us to transform together through opening up space for God’s peace and purposes through these practices. Then, filled with peace of Christ, we pass his PEACE to the people and places where we live, work and love. Join us to emerge from the tumult of 2020 transformed for the good.

From February through June 2021, each month a new practice will be layered with those that were practiced before. Transform together by building the Practices of PEACE into the flow of your daily life and experience purpose and peace through the gospel. Every month the following crucial offerings will aid you:

(1) Guidebook, mailed to you each month, with tools and reflections tailored for each practice
(2) “PEACE: An Invitation to...." speaker event designed to activate all of us to build the new practice each month
(3) Pass the PEACE, by committing to a Hope for New York affiliate
(4) Community Groups will build the Practices of PEACE together

Please check back each month as we add tailored offerings for each practice.


Examine

EXAMINE – We invite Jesus to Examine us daily through prayer and the reading of God’s word (John 15:5).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Digital Download
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Examine | Speaker Event with Therapist and Author Diane Langberg
Video
Join Diane Langberg, therapist and author of Suffering and the Heart of God and Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church, to explore how God’s word and prayer examines the human heart and opens us to the heart of God. Dr. Langberg will draw from her experience as a trauma therapist and follower of Jesus to reveal how the practice of Examine is a deep means of experiencing grace, growth and peace.

Pass the PEACE: Volunteer with a HFNY Affiliate
In this season, we are opening up spaces in our lives to experience God’s grace. Part of that is fulfilling our call as Christians to love God and love our neighbors. To do that, we encourage everyone to “Pass the PEACE” by volunteering at one of these Hope For New York affiliates from February through June.

  • Dream Center at the Wagner Houses - Deliver food and pray for residents in East Harlem on Fridays from 4 to 5:15 p.m.
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  • Isaacs Houses/Holmes Towers - Deliver food and pray for residents near our new church building monthly on Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m.
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  • Young Life - Connect with and mentor teenagers on the Upper East Side.
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  • Safe Families - Offer hope and encouragement to overwhelmed families through virtual connections. Connect with families through phone, text, or video conferencing at least once a week for three months.
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  • The Bowery Mission - Meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness and hunger in the city. Service opportunities are available every day of the week, with 2 or 3–hour shifts between 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
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  • The Open Door - Teach English (every Wednesday evening through May) or become a conversation partner with adult immigrants (every third Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m.) through virtual connections.
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Supplemental Offerings

Relating to God in Troubling Times
Registration Closed
In the midst of disappointment, sorrow, or loss, we can be tempted to distance ourselves from God. We often try to hide our wounded hearts from the only One who can truly heal us. In this class, we will explore practices of scripture reading and prayer that invite Jesus into our sorrow and that teach us to trust him as we walk through the darkness.

Examine with the Book of Common Prayer (1662)
Registration Closed
This course is designed to introduce you to the Book of Common Prayer, the prayer book that Anglican Christians have used for centuries for public worship. We'll look at the services of Morning and Evening Prayer to offer one way you can practice Examine. While not required for the class, we recommend you purchase the newest edition of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Practices of PEACE Celebration
July 11, 12:30-2:30 p.m. | map

Come celebrate the past five months of building habits for Pause, Eat, Ask, Commune and Examine. This is the start of a new kind of life together for our good and the good of the city. We hope all of us will keep growing in these practices. We'll meet in Central Park (near the 76th St. & 5th Ave. entrance) and have PEACE treats available.

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Pause

PAUSE – One day each week we Pause from our labors so that we can delight in Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Digital Download

As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Pause | Speaker Event with Author and Pastor Rich Villodas
Video | Slides
The practice of Pause prompts us to resist overwork and exhaustion, and instead build a life of counter-cultural worship and mission. It's an alternative reality where one does not rest in accomplishment, control or idols but in God, receiving the peace of Christ. Join and Pause together as Rich Villodas, pastor and author of The Deeply Formed Life, leads us through a practical and timely teaching of Pause.

Supplemental Offerings

Supplemental Offerings

Work & Rest Class
Registration Closed

Christians are able to enter into God’s rest because of his work, freeing us from the burden of accomplishment and productivity. If you’re working more than ever (or feeling anxious looking for work), this class will guide you through Scripture readings, personal reflection questions, and group discussions.

Readings in The Beautiful Community
Registration Closed
As we embrace and pursue the call of God to live in cross-cultural gospel community, or what has been called the “beautiful community,” this book group will discuss and seek to apply practices from Dr. Irwyn Ince’s book The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best. (Please purchase the book before the group begins.)

Walking Tour of Historic Black Neighborhoods
Registration Closed
This tour is meant to reflect on the deep heritage of African American and Black people in our city, with a special focus on the slave trade and the exciting history of how a band of brave men and women formed the networks that became the Underground Railroad here in NYC. Together, we will listen to tales of courage and triumph and discover the stories of real New Yorkers who risked their lives and properties to help people escape slavery.

Parent Game Night
Registration Closed
Parents, join us for an evening for parents to relax and fellowship together.

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Eat

EAT – When we Eat with others, we reflect the joyful hospitality of Jesus, elevating ordinary actions into an expression of Christ’s restorative kingdom (Mark 2:16-17).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Digital Download
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Eat | Speaker Event with Food Personality Aarti Sequeira
Video | Bonus Q&A
Join Aarti Sequeira, Food Network host, cookbook author and former journalist to explore the joy and sacred nature of breaking bread together. Aarti will lead us to see how the practice of Eat deepens joy and extends the hospitality of God by turning something ordinary into the extraordinary. We walk with Jesus when we eat, drink, and enjoy time with others. In Aarti’s own words, “I’m on a quest to bring us back to the table so we can relish our loved ones, embrace future friends and give thanks to the one from whom all good things come.”

Supplemental Offerings

Community Lunch
Join via Zoom, Tues., March 2-30, 12:45-1:15 p.m.
Looking for people to practice Eat with? Join us for a short virtual lunch on Tuesdays after noonday prayer through the month of March. Bring some lunch and enjoy a meal together with our church family!

Help Our Neighbors: International Food Tour
Registration Closed
Food is one of a myriad of ways we can delight in God and enjoy the vibrancy of human cultures, but we also recognize that many of our neighbors are suffering when it comes to food: restaurants are beleaguered by the pandemic, and many of our homeless neighbors often go without food. So join us as we (safely) serve our neighbors through an in-person international food tour in the Upper East Side. If you cannot join in person, we will provide registrants with the list of the restaurants we will visit, with prayer prompts for them and the neighborhood.

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Ask

ASK – We Ask questions the way Jesus did, with a curious and compassionate posture, to spark rich, authentic spiritual conversations (Genesis 3:9).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Digital Download
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Ask | Speaker Event with Pastor and Podcaster Rasool Berry
Video
Living with curiosity and compassion opens up so many possibilities in the world—sparking great conversations, deepening relationships and joining God at work. Rasool Berry, teacher, pastor and podcaster with the Our Daily Bread series "Where Ya From?" and "In Pursuit of Jesus," will share how to Ask winsomely in our culture today, connecting the story of God with the story of the person you’re with.

Supplemental Offerings

Be Curious: A Workshop for Questions
Registration Closed
How can we build deep, trusting friendships with those around us? Ask good questions. In this lunchtime class, we will use group discussion and an interactive workshop to foster curiosity as we practice PEACE. Join us as we delve into ways to pursue others through asking questions: what to ask, how to ask, when to ask, and when to share. Please read chapters 1 and 3 of Randy Newman’s Questioning Evangelism before attending.

Ask Through Art and Literature
Registration Closed
The month of Ask is about forming curiosity and compassion for others. To cultivate this, join us to be curious about art and our fellow man. We'll gather in Central Park to experience the beauty and history of literary sculptures through questions and conversation. Feel free to invite those you have been practicing Eat and Ask with to know them more. We will close our time of curiosity with COVID-friendly snacks and conversation.

When Someone Doesn’t Care About Christianity: A Conversation with Glen Scrivener
Video
Glen Scrivener will help us discover how curiosity might help us navigate hostility or indifference in our friends and neighbors. How are we being shaped by the functional truths of this cultural moment? What cultural values do we often assume are self-evident? And how do we prepare for conversations by assuming a posture of listening, humility, and love?

Glen Scrivener is an ordained minister and evangelist in the Church of England. He directs Speak Life, an evangelistic training and resourcing ministry.

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Commune

COMMUNE – We Commune with at least two other Christians, committing to a small community that shares the mission of Jesus (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Digital Download
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Commune | Speaker Event with Pastor Tim Keller
Video
We were made for belonging. Tim Keller will lead us to discover how the belonging we and our world need right now can be found in the practice of Commune. When we foster Christian friendships that share common mission, authenticity and practices, we and the places we inhabit are transformed for the good.

Supplemental Offerings

Supplemental Offerings

Picnic for the PEACE
May 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join us as we share in the mission of Jesus together through a church picnic! Please come with your triad or commune group (3-4 committed Christians) if you can. This team building will help bring us together as we build up these relationships. At Central Park (near the 76th St. & 5th Ave. entrance) we will safely eat together, talk and play some field day games. If you'd rather not play games, we have other ways for you to get involved. If you do not have a triad or commune group, please still come and we can pair you up with others, so you can go deep with them for the rest of PEACE season. Hope to see you there!

Commune Groups
Prayer Form

When practicing Commune, Christians give of themselves honestly and offer accountability to one another, creating a unique, missional community that’s bound together by the Holy Spirit. We’d love to know if you’re practicing Commune. We’re committed to praying for your Commune group by name. Please tell us who’s in your group and how we can pray!

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