Ryn Manby

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Ryn Manby
Church Info
Home Church Address
Cornerstone True Freedom
171 N Cuyler Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States
Church Website URL
Organization Name
The Greenhouse Movement
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Communications Director
Organization Address
171 N Cuyler Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
At-risk Women and Children Care (Crisis Pregnancy)
Community Development
Racial Reconciliation
Refugees within North America
Description of Organization
The Greenhouse Movement is a movement of both ordained and lay leaders committed to following the Holy Spirit together for the spontaneous expansion of the Church. We raise up leaders who multiply congregations around the nation and connect these congregations to larger movements of healing and ministry.
Organization Years In Operation
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Our churches minister in and to a variety of different contexts, communities, and cultures. Our congregations meet on college campuses, in nursing homes, in low-income communities, and suburban neighborhoods.
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
My sociology classes provided a good philosophical foundation, but I've been blessed to receive on the ground training through volunteer opportunities and, in a sense, just throwing myself in there. I believe there is no better way to 'train' yourself than to form relationships with those you hope to minister with and learn form. Because of that, I have started to intentionally attend an all-black congregation. I hope to posture my life in a way that provides space to listen and receive.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Bridging differences. As we seek to bring together two different contexts and cultures, there is a lot of humility and grace required. For myself, I know it has been a constant lesson of laying down my own expectations.
What gives you the greatest joy?
There are moments in worship, where we are all praising Christ together, that I realize that I am seeing a piece of Heaven on earth. It is humbling.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
For me personally, spending time in solitude and self-reflection has been really important; I also have been challenging myself to grow in frugality. Also the discipline of submission. As a white person, I am used to having my opinion valued. I have found that I often have to submit myself so that I can listen to the minority voices we are in community with. This is important on big-picture, vision level, but also on a day-to-day concrete level. For example, worship is often a spot where I see this take place. I am not used to singing songs in Spanish, or gospel songs. They are not my usual practices and can be hard for me at times. But, if I am truly seeking out reconciliation, I feel it important that I submit myself and, again, lay down my opinions and expectations so that every voice is heard and respected.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria" by Beverly Tatum "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates "Beyond Charity" by John M Perkins "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
Lawndale Christian Legal Center - http://lclc.net/ Breakthrough Urban Ministries - http://www.breakthrough.org/
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I was a Sociology major in college and that is where I truly began to discover a heart for justice. In my classes, I was introduced to stories and viewpoints that were vastly different from my own and, for the first time, became deeply aware of the brokenness in our country. My experience in school planted a seed that grew into a passion to address the injustice I see. Living in Chicago, I am particularly aware of the brokenness that relates to racial injustice and am passionate to seek out reconciliation and healing among racial lines.