June 27, 2016 @ 04:05 pm by Christina Fleming
June 20, 2016 @ 04:01 pm by Daniel Kessel
The 2016 Pride March is right around the corner! Today we are sharing photos of the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir wearing orange for 2014 Pride.
#30DaysofPride #Day20 #NYCPride #Loveisloveislove
June 19, 2016 @ 03:42 pm by Daniel Kessel
We highlight today's worship service, in which members of the Middle Church community read the names of the victims of Orlando and remembered those who died one year ago in Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston. We lit candles, and sang, and prayed, and wept, and we resolved ourselves to chase away hatred with #RevolutionaryLove.
Photo credit: Lola Flash
#30DaysofPride #Day19 #SayTheirNames #Loveisloveislove
June 18, 2016 @ 03:32 pm by Daniel Kessel
Save the date! On Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm at Pub Theology: Queer + Christian, we will talk about spirituality and sexuality, and ask questions like "How does the Bible affirm queer people?" and "What's up with Leviticus anyway?" RSVP here.
June 17, 2016 @ 03:10 pm by Daniel Kessel
For #Day17 of #30DaysofPride, read the email that was sent to the Middle Church community in our weekly e-blast. The message celebrates all LGBTQI individuals and outlines how our faith community prepares for continued welcome and safety.
"And then I think about our Middle Church community—that part inside our sanctuary and the part in our networks. And the rock in my stomach, the cry in my throat—the rock feels a little lighter, my tears fall, not just because I am sad and angry, but also because you are so beautiful.
"Your consistory and I are clear—this violence and hatred against LGBTQI communities is not acceptable. Not on our watch."
To sign up for the weekly e-blast, click here.
June 16, 2016 @ 03:07 pm by Daniel Kessel
Jacqui Lewis and Jim Kast-Keat recorded "One," a new episode of the That'll Preach podcast discussing how Middle is responding to the Orlando tragedy as a community. To hear the full podcast, click here.
#30DaysofPride #Day16 #Loveisloveislove
June 15, 2016 @ 02:58 pm by Daniel Kessel
On #Day15 of #30DaysofPride, the blog “If We’re the Ones We’re Waiting For, We Best Get To It” by Jacqui Lewis was published on Auburn Voices. The blog counters the violence in Orlando with Revolutionary Love. Read the full blog here.
"They think their hatred is powerful, their violence decisive, that their acts of terror will terrorize us. True, these violent acts are frightening. But we are stronger than fear. We are stronger than hatred. We have the real power, love power."
June 14, 2016 @ 02:50 pm by Daniel Kessel
After the violence in Orlando, The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis performed this rap, inspired by the song "Glory" from the movie Selma, during worship and shared the following words. To watch the rap, click below.
"'Glory' is my new national anthem. It is like scripture to me. It makes me think about race, about gender, about sexuality, about faith, and about how these are gifts from God. To be celebrated. That one day, when the Glory comes, we will all cherish these differences. Behold the intersections and marvel at the complications. Delight in the unique ways we see the world, and lavish love on one another. So much love as to cancel out the hatred. And the suffering will end. And the Glory of God will shine on all of creation. Right here on earth."
#30DaysofPride #Day14 #LoveIsLoveIsLove
June 13, 2016 @ 02:04 pm by Daniel Kessel
On Monday, June 13, Jacqui Lewis, Middle Church member Tituss Burgess, and many interfaith clergy and leaders read the names of those killed in Orlando—49 of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Thousands of New Yorkers gathered at the Stonewall Inn Vigil to honor the many young lives lost. To see the video posted to Mayor Bill de Blasio's Facebook page, click here.
#30DaysofPride #Day13 #LoveIsLoveIsLove
June 12, 2016 @ 12:43 pm by Jacqui Lewis
What do interracial and same-sex marriage have in common? Both are protected rights in our nation thanks to a decision by the Supreme Court. Today we celebrate Loving Day, the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which made it legal for interracial couples to wed on June 12, 1967. Read senior minister Jacqui Lewis's illuminating meditation on the intersections of interracial and same-sex marriage.
June 11, 2016 @ 11:12 am by Daniel Kessel
Save the Date! Washington Heights Got Talent is a Pride Month celebration on Friday, June 17 at 7pm. Our own Middle Players will present a section of their original comedy, "I Am Bob."
June 10, 2016 @ 11:44 am by Daniel Kessel
Black, white, Muslim, gay, straight, queer—thanks to you, Middle Church marches for Love. Period.
June 9, 2016 @ 05:12 pm by Daniel Kessel
We are family! Today, we share this video from the 2014 Pride March, where Middle sings the famous Sister Sledge song, "We Are Family."
June 8, 2016 @ 01:37 pm by Daniel Kessel
On July 24, 2011, gay marriage was legalized in the state of New York. The next day, the New York Times published this video, in which Jacqui Lewis appears (minute 2:28) speaking on behalf of gay marriage.
June 7, 2016 @ 11:29 am by Daniel Kessel
For Day 7 of #30DaysofPride, we share this image of love from our 2011 Marriage Equality Concert.
June 6, 2016 @ 03:07 pm by Jacqui Lewis
For #30DaysofPride, Day 6, we're sharing The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis's words advocating for same-sex marriage in the Ocotober 2012 Essence magazine article, “Same-Sex Marriage: Two Pastors, Two Perspectives.”
Jacqui writes, "To withhold civil rights from gays is, to me, unconscionable."
To download the full article, click here.
June 5, 2016 @ 05:59 pm by Daniel Kessel
It's Day 5 of #30DaysofPride! Check out this photo from Pride Sunday 2013. Our congregation marches for Love. Period.
June 4, 2016 @ 06:01 pm by Jacqui Lewis
Today is Day 4 of #30DaysofPride, and we're inviting you to save the date! On Wednesday, June 15, our own Chad Tanaka Pack and Ann Kansfield will speak at the Collegiate Pride WeWo.
For a complete listing of Middle's June 2016 Pride events, click here.
June 3, 2016 @ 05:57 pm by Jacqui Lewis
For Day 3 of #30DaysofPride, we're sharing this photo from our Marriage Equality Concert in June 2011.
June 2, 2016 @ 04:17 pm by Jacqui Lewis
For #30DaysofPride, Day 2, The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis shares her experience reading Leviticus and how she came to conclude that the Bible is all about "Love. PERIOD."
It was January 1990, my first semester at Princeton Seminary. Our campus was buzzing with protests and demonstrations about gay. New to theological conversations, my first question was, “What does the Bible say?”
And the answer came back, “Abomination.”
“Where?” I stammered, “And what does that mean?” “Look it up,” I was commanded, and directed to the King James translation.
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