New City Ministries, an agency for racial equality and economic opportunity in the Waterloo area, closed as of June 1st. Previously known as the Waterloo Urban Ministry, the agency has served for over forty years in the area.
Their director, the Rev. Maureen Doherty, writes that they have been “the heartbeat, the hands, the prayers and the dollars of United Methodist people in ministry. They have provided transportation, meals, rental assistance, gas and electric, new bike tires, prescriptions, flood relief, personal and household hygiene items, emergency nights in motels” and much more.
She continues, “The doors may be locked but the message of the Gospel continues to be the same.” She emphasizes the importance of continuing to contribute to the missions of our churches, inviting United Methodist Iowans in the Northeast District “perhaps take a fresh look at the work of Jubilee and St. Paul’s United Methodist Churches.”
Her farewell letter to the district expresses grateful thanks for the support of apportioned gifts that have sustained the ministry these many years. The spirit of her message invites the entire Iowa Conference to embrace in fresh ways our commitment in our strategic priorities to work “alongside poor and marginalized persons in [our] communities to explore the conditions that create their circumstances and to address the possibilities for transformation by advocating for peace and justice.”