Christ in the Capital of the World
And as widespread demographic change comes swiftly to the United States, what is happening in New York can be a window into the future of the church and faithful activity in other cities across the country.
No one expected hundreds of diverse people to fill Grand Central Terminal last October—especially ones wearing shirts that proclaim God Belongs in My City.
When the transit police told them to disperse, they did. But instead of returning to their homes or churches, everyone fanned out across the sidewalks over a stretch of several blocks. Kneeling on the pavement, hands lifted up, they offered prayers to God for the peace and flourishing of the city. It was an impromptu yet perfect ending to a day spent moving across the city, and one symbol of the vibrant Christianity there.
Mark R. Gornik is the director of City Seminary and the author of Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City (Eerdmans). Maria Liu Wong is the dean of City Seminary and a doctoral candidate at Teachers College at Columbia University.