From the Genesee River

From the Genesee River

Yes, like all American cities, Rochester had an exceptional past, but it also has some truly ugly stories that have remained carefully untold. Stories that those neighbors and my own dad had never heard. The racial conflicts which spawned “white flight” were symptoms of deeper problems. As a Rochester citizen, Frederick Douglass, once said, “The thing that is worse than the rebellion is the thing that caused the rebellion.”

Parable of the River Babies

Parable of the River Babies

Kris and I felt led to start New Hope nearly 12 years ago. Early on in our ministry, one of my mentors shared the “River Babies” parable with me. His ministry was similar to ours, providing an after-school tutoring program for under-resourced children living on the...
Interdependence

Interdependence

Think of the individuals who have shaped your life the most. Who were they? Was it a teacher, a coach, a parent or another family member? Although we speak of self-made individuals, the reality is that all of us have been shaped by our past and present relationships: whether for good, or for evil.