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What happens after Christmas? The story of J.C. Penney, Jr.

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The deepest life comes when your arms are around the poor at a moment of need. That is why organizations like The Bowery Mission is the address for the true meaning of New York City: a city of the deeper life; the more compassionate life; a city in which the least of us counts even [...]

Searching for the Messiah in New York City

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A chrononological sidebar to “Jesus the New York Jew” in series “Jesus the New Yorker”

Illustrated New York City Mormon Chronology

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Fascinating details of Mormon history in NYC, archival photographs, digitally restored film and documentary video. Sixth in our series “The Power of the Mormons in New York City”

Harlem Faith after the American Revolution

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After the War of Revolution in 1776, a battle-tested cohort of African American and White faith-based leaders developed an ardor for extending freedom.

New Harlem Village & Church

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Indian attacks drove the settlers, their slaves and freed Africans out of New Harlem. By 1658 Director-General Peter Stuyvesant and the Council of New Netherland were ready to endorse a plan by land owners to re-establish New Harlem. The council would help them to re-establish New Harlem (Niew Haarlem) by building a road and providing economic support. The New Netherland government agreed to pay one-half of the cost of a “good, pious, orthodox minister.”

Peter Stuyvesant’s relentless quest for order in New Amsterdam pushes Africans out of the church

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The slavocrats won and the baptism of slaves ceased. For the first time, commercial values in Manhattan trumped faith and moral values.

Harlem and the Dutch debate over slavery in New Amsterdam

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The anti-slavery theologians often referred to slavery as “theft of humans” and a violation of the eighth of the Ten Commandments. But the slavocrats gained more elite supporters than did the theologians of freedom.

African American faith and freedom in pre-colonial Harlem

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At the very beginning of Harlem’s life Africans were creating an African American identity rooted in faith and freedom.

Evidence of New Yorkers’ heart at The Bowery Mission

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At Thanksgiving the heart of New York City’s people is on display at The Bowery Mission. “Everybody can be great,” said Martin Luther King, Jr., “because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a [...]

Central Park: the largest religious art work in New York City, Part 2. Series: God in NYC gardens

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In 1858 Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux started their design of Central Park. Olmsted was particularly taken by theologian Horace Bushnell.

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