My conversation partners are two of my favorite clergy leaders in New York. Rev. Dr. Peter Heltzel is a professor of theology at New York Theological
Seminary and the instigator of Freedom Fellowship, a Sunday afternoon worship in a pub in Manhattan. Peter is also the director of the Micah Institute, which we talked about in episode 19. Rev. Jacqui Lewis, PhD is the senior pastor at Middle Collegiate Church in New York’s East Village. Both of them are very active leaders in social justice work here, and especially in efforts to mobilize clergy and lay people to take up the struggle for equality and justice.
In my description of the #Church2B, I have been painting a rather bleak picture of the church in these transitional time, but Peter and Jacqui are examples of how visionary leadership and powerful love, not only of God, but of the people who look to the church, can lead to very exciting successes. Our discussion has an inspiring energy to it.
This is the second in our series of open-ended conversations in the #Church2B series. Please use the hashtag #Church 2 B in social media to join the conversation and read what others are thinking. This is a new series, so use the hashtag a lot to prime the pump. Until next week, when my guest will be noted theologian, Matthew Fox.
Here are some links that may interest you:
Peter Heltzel – NYTS bio
Middle Collegiate Church, NYC website
This is a link to an excerpt of the Pew study that was referred to in the interview. interview. You can also get a copy of the complete document here.
#Church2B – The statement (.pdf)Follow Us