NewStory is actively engaged in 4 specific commitments in our neighborhood and city:
Racial Justice, Mental Health Justice, Environmental Sustainability and the students and staff or Swift Elementary School.
Edgewater, Rogers Park and Uptown are three of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. Although we are diverse, we are often divided. NewStory is an intentionally multi-ethnic reconciling church. This means we talk about race, inequalities and differences. But more than talk, we listen and strive to understand. We are not color blind. God created each and every race, tribe and tongue to uniquely reflect His glory and the church is better off when God’s glory shines the brightest. We dream of being a place where all types of people can be united by Jesus. Please take a look at these “All Hands on Deck” resources and check out this article to learn more.
Mental Health Justice
Edgewater, Rogers Park and Uptown are also home to the largest number of “IMD’s” – Institutions of Mental Disease. This is a terrible name for the homes of individuals who have been marginalized and stigmatized due to “mental illness.” We believe these individuals are made in the image of God and have incredible gifts to offer. One of our Small Groups meets at the All-American Nursing Home in order to build friendships with residents and learn about Jesus from one another. We also partner with ONE Northside to advocate for the rights of adults living with mental illness.
In Genesis 1 we see a beautiful story of God naming creation “good.” God invites each of us to help restore this good dream for creation by caring for the world we live in. On Sundays at NewStory we strive to create as little waste as possible. We use coffee mugs, pasta stir sticks, recyclable napkins and we provide a place to recycle and compost. We also strive to support local businesses – such as Metropolis Coffee and Lovely, Too. Over the summer we encouraged everyone to shop with reusable bags and around the holidays we partner with Local First Chicago.
Swift Elementary School
Swift School is one of the best kept secrets in Edgewater and we want to change that – we want the entire city to know how great this school is! In June of 2013 we started Friends of Swift, a non-profit organization that provides fund-raising opportunities for the school. In total, we’ve raised over $200,000 that we used to renovate the auditorium in the fall of 2016. Email Dori Gorman to learn more. NewStory also leads an after-school club for Swift middle school students. Club StuCo provides a fun, bully-free place for students to compete while learning teamwork and leadership. Email Josh Hurley to learn more.