During a time when our community seems to be more divided along racial, religious and political lines than perhaps any time in recent history, Jesus teaching is as relevant as ever.

“The Good Samaritan” is an often quoted story, but many people don’t understand the revolutionary nature of the illustration. This parable, found in Luke 10:25-37, is a hopeful story where two men overlook an injured person due to religious conviction, while a third comes and shows mercy. This third person was a Samaritan - a community that was culturally and religiously at odds with the Jewish community at that time. The unexpected hero shows tremendous love and mercy and Jesus flips the question, “Who is my neighbor?” on its head by revealing the true question we should ask: How can I be a neighbor?

For two weeks in September we will hear the stories of our neighbors in an informal interview setting. One Muslim business owner and one government official, both of whom are originally from Bay Ridge, will share a bit of their stories and help us to understand how we can be better neighbors here in Bay Ridge. The goal of these times is to hear the story of someone in our neighborhood and learn how we as a church and a community can support and bless them.

Join us on September 16th and 23rd to hear these stories and learn how you can be a better neighbor here in Bay Ridge! Doors open at 9:30am for coffee with live music starting at 10am.


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