Subject: West Side Update — June 20
20 June 2016
Joe Yu joins the West Side staff as Community Group Director today!
Joe grew up in Seoul, Korea, and lived in the suburbs of Boston and Connecticut before coming to New York City in 2010.
He attended University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!), where he studied ecology and evolutionary biology, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received his M.Div. It was in college that he became a Christian, decided to pursue vocational ministry, and met his wife, Helen. They were married 2010 and have a son named Allan.
Joe previously worked with RUF City Campus Ministry in the city for four years before coming on staff at Redeemer as the Youth Ministry Director.
As a Community Group Director, Joe will provide oversight, support, and pastoral care for the Community Groups he oversees. He is particularly passionate about helping people see the relevance of the gospel in their lives.
Joe enjoys cooking, hanging out with his family, watching nature documentaries, and dreaming about going on a backpacking trip through Asia.
His favorite UWS spot is the American Museum of Natural History.
"The awestruck wonder I get at the sight of a Barosaurus rearing up to protect its young from an attacking Allosaurus never gets old!" he says.
The West Side Café will resume again in the fall.
The West Side Café is an open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. Each week will involve a short presentation and discussion addressing topics of interest and claims of the Christian faith. For more info, visit redeemer.com/wscafe.
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Like many others, I have been preoccupied and burdened this past week by the horror of last week’s massacre in Orlando. The tragedy coincided with a recent reading of Ecclesiastes, which implores us to remember that there are seasons for everything, including a time to mourn (Ecclesiastes 3:4). In a world of soundbites and tweets it has been a good reminder of the spiritual discipline of pausing, contemplating and entering into the pain of those around us. I’m always struck by the friends of Job who sat silently with him for seven days and nights “because they saw how great his suffering was.” In other words, it takes time to really see the suffering of those around us, and therefore it takes “time to mourn.”
When we remember that there is a time to mourn and weep, we remember several things like the reality and danger of active evil in the world (Eph 6:12), of the pain and violation of the loss of anyone made in the image of God, of our need for the ancient prayers of those who mourned (Psalm 46), of our belief in a God who comforts the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18), and of our longing for Christ’s return to once and for all rid the world of its current groaning (Rev 22:20).
So we must heed the ancient wisdom of God’s words and take time to mourn with those who mourn.Last Sunday in Orlando a parent lost a child. A child lost a parent. And over the last seven days and nights, siblings, neighbors and friends have stood over freshly dug graves. We must see how great their suffering is and mourn.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. - Ecclesiastes 3:1
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