New Day is a Bronx-based faith community committed to connecting with God in an authentic relationship,. crossing boundaries, including race, class, sexual orientation, gender, and age – and confronting injustice with the compassion and abundance of God. We worship at 11:00 Sunday mornings at the cafeteria at Mt. St. Ursula, E. 199th St. & Bainbridge Ave. in the Bronx.
We invite you to bring all of who you are to New Day where we celebrate our gifts and calling across social boundaries. Worship is primarily in English with some songs in Spanish and the scripture read in English and Spanish. The sermon is in English with Spanish translation available. We are moving intentionally toward becoming a people of color-centered church in our leadership, theology and practice. We abhor the discriminatory policies of the larger church against LGBTQ people and women. We joyfully celebrate marriage, ordination and the gifts of leadership and service in people in all our variety of sexual orientations and gender identities. You are invited to explore our powerful Womyn’s Ministry and Living Faith groups and to join us each June for Queer Liberation Month.
Our mission embodies the boundary-crossing work of Jesus. In scripture, he shows that love crosses the social boundaries that divide us. Example after example — like hanging out with tax collectors and prostitutes, rejecting separations between “clean” and “unclean,” and calling a despised Samaritan a neighbor and role model — depict Jesus crossing boundaries and encouraging us to do the same.
Jesus was a bold fighter against injustice, too. In Luke 4:18-19, he makes this intent clear, saying “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour."
Doug Cunningham (left) founded New Day together with Lisa Asedillo-Pratt (right). Lisa and Alexis Francisco (center) served from 2015 to 2018 as assistant pastors.
Doug was leading United Methodist churches for over 20 years when he began receiving a persistent spiritual call to start a new kind of boundary-crossing ministry.
Planning and prayer came to fruition one Sunday in October 2009. In a rented funeral home, Doug and other members of the Leadership Team led the first gathering of New Day. Appropriately, the message for that day centered around radical change.
Today, we hold true to our original missions, challenging white supremacist, patriarchal and heterosexist norms – and meeting people exactly where they are – through the love of God.
Join us. All are welcome, and all will be spiritually fed. Worship at 11:00 a.m. Sundays inside the cafeteria at the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula, E. 199th St. and Bainbridge Ave., Bronx, NY.