Church is being resurrected in new and innovative ways every day. Followers of Jesus are coming out of the woodwork and sharing their gifts in new and exciting ministries. One place in particular, Southside Abbey, is a place where resurrection is happening. They are a resurrection people, making all things new in a historic neighborhood in Chattanooga, TN. This is a neighborhood facing the fast-growing trend of gentrification and the many issues that it brings. Southside Abbey brings together a multitude of believers in an ancient and simple way: a meal. They meet on Friday nights to share a meal with one another in an art gallery that sells the works of the homeless. There, Communion happens throughout the course of dinner and discussion. At Southside Abbey, the congregation is one of proud diversity, a community where the wealthy, homeless, and disenfranchised can come together and be one. They celebrate the Kingdom of God in a beautiful way and each Friday, they work to bring that Kingdom a little closer to reality. The Rev. Bob Leopold articulates the shared dream of the community saying:
“I want people to know that they can do this too. They can do that dream,” he said. “I mean, if we’re resurrection people, what are we afraid of?”
Attached is a wonderful article about the resurrection people of Southside Abbey and also, a video that provides a wonderful description of the resurrection that happens at Southside Abbey.
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