Middle Collegiate Church is the oldest of the Collegiate Churches in New York, which was organized in 1628 and is the oldest continuously active congregation in America. The Collegiate Churches of New York were the first corporation in the United States, having received a royal charter from King William III of England in 1696.
In 1729 the Middle Collegiate Church was built on Nassau St. between Cedar and Liberty. The second building was erected at Lafayette Place and 4th St. in 1839. Our current building was built in 1892 and renovated in the late 1990s.
Our sanctuary houses a collection of more than a dozen artificially lit Tiffany windows as well as a large skylight dome in our social hall. Our history has been integrally linked to many key historical events throughout American history.
Our Liberty Bell rang in the birth of our country on July 9, 1776. It has rung for the inauguration and death of every American President. It also rings during momentous New York City events, including remembering the attacks on 9/11.
We are rooted in our history, but stand boldly at the forefront of progressive theological discourse and interfaith dialogue. We are one of the leading multicultural churches in the United States and stand firmly for LGBTI equality, including same sex marriage.
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The Collegiate Churches of New York are co-affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the Reformed Church in America.