NY church to donate nearly one-tenth of budget in ‘reparations’ to housing, anti-racism programs           


A vigil is held at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. | Alison Lee

A theologically progressive congregation in New York has decided to donate around a tenth of its budget to help with housing and anti-racism programs, which the church views as being an act of reparations.

Middle Collegiate Church, a New York City-based congregation that’s co-affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in America and has approximately 1,600 members, will give $200,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Rev. Jacqui Lewis told The Christian Post on Wednesday that the church leadership felt it was “what God is calling our church to do in this moment.”

“Amid grotesque, systemic racism and police brutality, God demands we educate and act to build an anti-racist world,” said Lewis.

“When the federal government is putting millions of people in our community in risk of eviction, God demands we provide people with money so they can stay in their homes.”

Half of the money will go to grants for those who require financial assistance regarding rent while…

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