For Manhattan’s Church of the Advent Hope, in the Greater New York Conference, health is a matter of justice. Church members believe that all their neighbors deserve access to nutrition, education, and healthy food. For this reason, Advent Hope’s Health Ministries team, led by Marjorie Polycarpe, has provided a variety of opportunities for church members to teach and learn about nutrition alongside their neighbors.
On February 5, Advent Hope church hosted a free lecture by Neal Barnard, M.D., renowned researcher of the health benefits of a plant-based diet and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Nearly 270 people—mostly guests from the New York City area—crowded into the worship space for an informative and inspiring evening. And many signed up to be involved in future health education programs and community groups.
Advent Hope church is currently preparing for a major renovation to turn their cooking facilities into a commercial kitchen, where plant-based cooking classes can be taught and even filmed. This kitchen transformation will enable the church to expand access to free, weekly plant-based meals, provide church members and their neighbors greater opportunities to teach and learn about health, and cultivate community the way Jesus intended—around the table.
—Nicholas Zork, member, Advent Hope church