Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put

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About the Author
The Reverend José Humphreys is a facilitator and pastor of Metro Hope Covenant Church, a multiethnic and multicultural church in East Harlem, New York City. Humphreys is involved in shalom-making in New York City through facilitating conversation, contemplation, and action across social, economic, cultural, and theological boundaries.
"José Humphreys's new book, Seeing Jesus in East Harlem, is an important contribution to the church at this particular time in our nation's history. With the continual growth of poor residents in our large cities, it is a necessity to be equipped with a contextual theology that speaks to the needs of people's hearts and to the social realities in places like East Harlem and beyond. Thank you José for sharing your wisdom, your challenges, and your love for Jesus in East Harlem."--Noel Castellanos, president of CCDA
"I believe we need a creative new generation of pastors and church planters today not just so we will have more churches but also so that we will have new kinds of churches--just as suited to our contexts as churches of the past were to theirs. Seeing Jesus in East Harlem is the story of one such church being birthed in the dynamic environment of East Harlem. You will meet a brilliant pastor, theologian, and writer José Humphreys, and you will be challenged to see your own congregation and context in a new light."--Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration
"Prophetic urban pastor José Humphreys offers a gift to pastors and churches with a welcomed book on potential ways to engage ministry in an urban context. His book Seeing Jesus in East Harlem: What Happens When Churches Show Up and Stay Put offers Pastor Humphreys's reflections on urban ministries. This critical and thoughtful book is also helpful for those doing ministry beyond the context of the city. I highly recommend it for anyone dealing with the challenges of germane ministry."--Samuel Cruz, associate professor of religion and society at Union Theological Seminary, senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn
"Jesus' teaching on the rich man in hell in Luke 16 haunts me, for it reminds me that comfort and privilege often blind me to the true nature of God's coming kingdom. Worse, I too often double down on my blindness by choosing to limit the theological voices I listen to. Wise is the one who searches for voices like José Humphreys and books like Seeing Jesus in East Harlem. This was a gift to my journey of following Jesus, and it will be to yours as well."--Daniel Hill, pastor, author of White Awake
"For the past decade José Humphreys has been my friend and trusted guide. His wisdom about multiracial churches helped me through my early days as a church planter. His commitment to place influenced me deeply as he walked me around his church's neighborhood in East Harlem. His pastoral sensibilities to the diverse experiences of his congregation grow my own sensibilities each time I visit his church. And now with Seeing Jesus in East Harlem, José once again proves himself a trustworthy guide, this time to faithful ministry at some of the crossroads of our culture's most important thoroughfares. These pages contain a beautiful and soaring vision, a call for our churches to 'cultivate ecologies of grace.' And because our guide has long planted his feet firmly in his context, it's a vision we can practically apply within our own."--David Swanson, pastor of New Community Covenant Church, Bronzeville, Chicago
"José Humphreys's Seeing Jesus in East Harlem is the best book on urban ministry in the twenty-first century. Calling Christ-centered leaders to stay rooted, relevant, and revolutionary in our age of global cities, Seeing Jesus in East Harlem should be required reading in our churches, colleges, and seminaries."--Peter Goodwin Heltzel, associate professor of theology, New York Theological Seminary
"Do you want to know what The Very Good Gospel looks like when lived out by the local church? Rev. José Humphreys writes down the vision and makes it plain. The result is a beautiful love letter to the church about how to be church in our browning, decolonizing world. Humphreys asks the two critical questions of all great pastors: 'What is the good news right here, right now?' and 'How does the body of Christ incarnate good news in gentrifying, shifting, gut-wrenching, awe-inspiring liminal space?' Rich with theological, sociological, and political insights, Seeing Jesus in East Harlem is every pastor's next must-read."--Lisa Sharon Harper, founder of Freedom Road LLC, author of The Very Good Gospel