Story, Vision, Values, Beliefs, People, Partners
Hi. We’re the Ruddys. And East Boston is our home. It’s a beautiful, dense, storied neighborhood that’s overflowing with lovely people and their rich, diverse histories. There are more than 45,000 of us on just two square miles of land. That makes Eastie the 4th largest neighborhood in Boston, growing 7% faster than the rest of the city. It is a compelling place.
And yet this density and growth create difficulties and tensions in a neighborhood. Despite the close proximity to neighbors, it’s easy to feel isolated. The rising cost of living means that many people find themselves living on the economic edge. The pace of the city can lead to exhaustion. It seems more and more difficult to find a genuine sense of belonging and community. It is a conflicted place.
As people of faith, one of our convictions is that God is not disconnected from the story of East Boston. We believe that God wants to see the neighborhood and all of its residents flourish. In one passage of Scripture, God told his people to “seek the peace and prosperity of the city” in which they live. We are called to do that—to seek the peace and prosperity of East Boston. This neighborhood belongs to God, and that makes it a sacred place.
That’s why we’re endeavoring to start Resurrection Church. Because people and communities thrive when they live life with God.
Vision: to live life with God in community for East Boston
Mission: to make life with God accessible, desirable, and doable in East Boston
Strategy: to start and sustain a hospitable, healthy, contributing church
Timeline: our public launch is scheduled for September of 2019
People: we believe that all people are immeasurably valuable and loved by God
Place: we are committed to the beauty, peace, and flourishing of East Boston
Transparency: we don’t hide our questions, hang-ups, or organizational life
Grace: we receive, declare, and display God’s grace—the heart of the good news about Jesus
Expectancy: we expect God’s Spirit to work unexpectedly in all of life
Diversity: we celebrate and elevate God’s beautiful gifts of difference
Action: we join God on mission to bring justice, reconciliation, and healing to the world
Life is meant to be lived with God. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” We are Christians because we believe him. And we have found that life with God is beautiful, satisfying, challenging, and hope-filled.
We embrace the Scriptures (Spanish) in all of their freshness, antiquity, beauty, strangeness, and truthfulness. We believe that they are the authoritative, trustworthy word of God so we hang on every word, even the ones we get hung-up on. We hear them, pray them, sing them, read them, and wrestle them because it is through them that we hear God speaking loud and clear.
We are also shaped by some of the distinctives of the Protestant Reformation. We don’t play up our differences with Christians in other church traditions, but here is a good summary of our “Reformed” tradition: Our World Belongs to God (Spanish).
We think that all of these beliefs are pretty important, but just like it’s possible to “know” a person online and still not know the person, it’s possible to “know” a church online and still not know the church. We hope you’ll get to know us and see how all of this plays out in our lives.
Reverend Justin Ruddy is a lifelong Northeastener, and has called Boston home for 12 years. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.), and has served as a minister in downtown Boston since 2011. He and his wife Sarah, a social worker, live in Eastie. In his spare time he reads crime fiction, listens to the ballgame, and moonlights in a rock band. To connect for a meal, conversation, prayer, etc., send him an email.
Resurrection Church is an emerging congregation of the Christian Reformed Church and a member of the Citylife Network.