Why Making Matters

“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).

“Behold,” Jesus said, “I am making all things new.” When Christ renews us, He renews everything about us—our hearts, our minds, and yes, even the work of our hands. In changing us, He changes everything that bears the human imprint—our families, our communities, our cities, our culture. What we do matters to God—matter matters to God! Because God cares about us, and because God cares about this material, physical world and the ways we cultivate and keep it, our daily work—whether it be education, business, politics, farming, journalism, health care, parenting, law or the arts—is valuable in God’s sight. Thanks to Christ, our work may become, as it was meant from the beginning, a means by which we may glorify God and bless others.

If you are interested in helping with the New City Galerie or helping to create Faith and Work initiatives, please contact Joseph atjoseph@redeemerburlington.org.

Why Place Matters

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Place matters because the love of God is not an abstraction or an idea. The central message of Christianity is that God’s love became tangible and real in the person of Jesus Christ. In response to human selfishness and autonomy, God did not remain aloof, cool or distant. He moved into the neighborhood. He did not simply declare, “I love you,” from the heavens, but rather He came to earth and demonstrated it over and over again, ultimately in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Place also matters because Jesus’ second great command is to love our neighbors, so knowing our neighbors (and our neighborhood) and understanding the particular beauty and brokenness here enables us to meet the actual (and not imagined) needs of our place.

Our desire at Redeemer is to enable members of our community to become more actively engaged in the life of the city of Burlington while at the same time growing together as a church community. CULTIVATE, our regular handout in Sunday’s worship folder, provides lots of opportunities for us to support city initiatives, festivals and events together. These events are perfect for inviting neighborhood or work friends. For each event, we’ll have a point person who will provide “meet up” information and show up early to grab a spot. If you’d like to submit an event and/or be the point person, please email us at info@redeemerburlington.org.

New City Galerie

Visit us at newcitygalerie.org.

NEW CITY GALERIE is a hospitable space for the arts in the center of downtown Burlington, located at 132 Church Street on the south end of the Church Street Marketplace, across from Burlington City Arts’ Firehouse Gallery (above Ake’s Place). Our gallery space hosts new art exhibits every two months, with a focus on connecting emerging Vermont artists with emerging patrons of the arts. Through our residency program, New City supports two resident artists every six months in large windowed studios that overlook Church Street and Mechanics Alley, respectively. New City regularly hosts intimate, limited seating concerts as well as film screenings, poetry/prose readings and various workshops taught by local artists and musicians.

RESIDENCY AT NEW CITY  |  Applicants should contact organizing director Joseph Pensak at joseph@newcitygalerie.org to be considered for our artist-in-residence program. The next openings for resident artists begin April 1st, 2015 and January 1st, 2015.

INTERN AT NEW CITY  |  We offer internships in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters for students who are looking for experience working in a center city art gallery. We are an approved internship site with St. Michael’s College and we have openings for internships from UVM, Champlain College, Burlington College and CCV.

BOOK NEW CITY |  Our 1300 square foot gallery space is available to rent for special occasions for $150 per event (we provide staff to help set up, open and close). Please contact our gallery manager Maya Urbanowicz at maya@newcitygalerie.org to book your event.

New City Galerie is a non-profit art space supported by Redeemer Presbyterian of Burlington, renewing the ancient Christian tradition of the church’s patronage of the arts. For more information, please email us at newcitygalerie(at)gmail.com or call us at 802-735-2542.