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A Message from Our Board Chair - July 2017

Dear Members,

There is a lot of exciting news to share with you this summer.  Our new Interim Minister, Rev. Carlos Martinez, is arriving this week.  He will spend the month of August settling in, and starting to get to know us as a congregation.  His first sermon will be Homecoming Sunday, September 10, 2017.  As Interim Minister, Carlos will work with us for just two years, helping us to explore who we are as a church, and what we will look for in our next settled minister.  You can learn more about Carlos in his bio (link here).  Be sure to say hello when you see him—he’s looking forward to meeting all of you as well.

But wait, there’s more!

As we informed you in the last congregational meeting, after a very competitive application process, Community Church of New York was selected as one of the first groups to participate in the New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP).

Through NYLOP, our church will receive pro-bono technical assistance to explore the possibility of developing our land for new affordable housing and community space to house our core programs. The dual mission of this program is to (1) support the development of desperately-needed new affordable housing and (2) support local mission-driven organizations (like our church) who are long-standing community anchors so that we can continue to play a key role in our neighborhoods. 

 NYLOP is led by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation NYC (LISC NYC), a trusted and deeply experienced nonprofit organization that is committed to supporting local champions to work towards a vision for an inclusive city. Since founded in 1980, LISC NYC has helped to build and preserve over 38,000 units of affordable housing and 1.8 million square feet of community space across NYC in partnership with community-based organizations.

Through NYLOP, we will receive tools and guidance to help our congregation understand our options and make an informed decision about who we partner with, should we decide to move forward with development. It is important to note that at the end of the day, all final development decisions will be up to our church.  Therefore, we welcome and encourage you to provide your feedback and ideas as we enter this exciting program.

There is no other program in NYC that provides such a comprehensive suite of pro-bono services for churches. We are only one of five churches across the city have been selected to participate in this pilot program. As a participant, we will receive assistance including: the support of an architect who will evaluate our land for its development potential, a LISC housing officer to help us explore financing options, and a law firm that will help us draft a Request for Proposals to identify a mission-oriented developer partner, should we decide to move forward into the development phase.

This news has not gone public yet. A formal announcement will go out later in the summer announcing the names of all five participants, so until then, we request that you refrain from sharing the news on social media and friends outside the congregation.  

This is just the start of a long and thoughtful process that will be shepherded by a team of CCNY members, presently including Lisa Gluck, Kevin Willis, Wade Hampton and Kay Xanthakos, with support from Jeff Loveland. We look forward to setting up forums to get feedback from all of you, keeping you posted and engaged every step of the way!

Yours in community,

 Lisa Gluck\ Chairperson, Board of Trustees

Last Published: July 27, 2017 7:07 PM