|Title||7 Principles of the New Culture|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Access Date||Oct 1, 2011|
|Last Update Date||July 31, 2008|
Light shines in the darkness
It was September 22, 2001 in Queens, New York. Those of us who lived in New York City were still reeling from the attacks on the World Trade Center. Smoke from the remains of the two towers could still be seen from miles away. It continually reminded us all of the devastation the previous week. Some of us had lost friends, others had lost their jobs, and everyone lived with the fear of when the next attack would come. In the midst of the tragedy, we were in a local church preparing for our first “ReNew Monthly Meeting.” The meetings were the fruit of nearly a year of prayer, discussion, and work by a diverse group of young adults, ministry leaders, and me. We hoped the evenings of worship, prayer, and relationship-building would spark greater unity and partnership between the various ethnic groups and denominations in the area. We had no idea the first one would fall at such an emotional time — but the Lord did.