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HINGE — Interactive Wall of Features on the future of religion as seen in Flushing, NYC

Our city is changing. It is in a hinge period that may last five years or over several decades. Which way will religion swing, low or high or sideways into a new direction?

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Religion has grown in New York City for almost 40 years. The first wave of religious leaders are turning over their congregations to a new generation. The other dimensions of the city are changing also:  If you are interested in the future of religion in NYC, we are running a comprehensive series on the faith-based landscape of Flushing, Queens, Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Morris Park, Bronx as part of our HINGE series on the future of religion in New York City.

Our city is changing. It is in a hinge period that may last five years or over several decades. Which way will religion swing, low or high or sideways into a new direction? Religiously,

a generation of religious leaders are retiring;

their kids are writing their own faith testaments that may include drop-out-and-tune-out;

Manhattan religious groups are establishing branches in the boroughs;

gentrification is swamping neighborhoods and obliterating traditional community spaces for the poor, working and middle classes;

a rich class has arisen that is sometimes clueless and deliberately exclusive of middle and working classes;

the outer boroughs have staged a political revolt that has elected one of their own as mayor and supported outsiders for president of the United States; and

the mayor is weaving together a secular – faith-based coalition.

The perception of the “public good” is up for grabs. Who should sit on the boards of charities and charter schools? Is the rich class the solution or should there be a mix of solutions generated from all of the class interests in the city and religious congregations? Who owns the city?

Here are some of the most recent HINGE features on Flushing, Queens --


Coming up: Flushing Chinese Christians, Catholic Christians, Jews, Chinese popular religion & Taoism, Buddhism, Muslims, Hindus, Retro Flushing, and then more features on Bushwick, Brooklyn! Please pass along the word of this series to your colleagues in the faith-based community. I am sure that they don't want to miss out! Thanks!

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