Middle Church in Action #ResistHate

April 6, 2017

We are walking a long road to freedom. As people of faith we are called to love, justice, and compassion. We stand with our women, refugee, Muslim, LGBTQ, Black Lives, and immigrant sisters and brothers. Read about the actions and events Middle has participated in below, and check this page for upcoming rallies and protests near you. If you are in NYC, find local protests here.

If you're ready to march with Middle, join our "Ready to March" email list for up-to-date news about ongoing protests and rallies we are participating in. Email Rob (rstephens@middlechurch.org) if you would like to be added to the list!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 15 is the Tax March NYC, which promises to be a mass mobilization of New Yorkers demanding accountability on President Trump's pledge to release his taxes and demanding the administration NOT pass tax breaks for the wealthy on the backs of the poor and working class. It begins at 1pm at Bryant Park.

On Tuesday, April 18th, 12-1pm, the War Resisters League, in conjunction with our neighbors and friends at the Catholic Worker, are organizing a War Tax Resistance Protest at the IRS Building, demanding that our tax dollars not be spent on wars and bombings around the world.

And on Wednesday evening, April 19 at 6:30 pm we will begin a Pentecost Bible Study at Middle, studying the Book of Acts, in particular the light it sheds on building social movements, and dealing with contradictions in our lives and faith journeys. To help us prepare, it would be great if you could RSVP here.

Finally, Remember to Register for the Revolutionary Love Conference, April 28–30 at Middle Collegiate Church!

#LearnToResist: Books to Read and Movies to See 
Jacqui Lewis shared this bibliography of "Must Read Books on Race":

America's Orginal Sin, Jim Wallis
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Can We Talk About Race, Beverly Tatum
Citizen, Claudia Rankine
Coming Together in the 21st Century, Curtiss DeYoung
Dismantling Racism, Joseph Barnett
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
Jesus and The Disinherited, Howard Thurman
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
The Politics of Jesús, Miguel De La Torre
Race Matters, Cornel West
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
White Rage, Carol Anderson

Movies to see:

Hidden Figures


Media from past events:

On Sunday, January 30, Robin Stillwell, our Union Theological Seminary intern, took a group from Middle to the March & Rally to end the Muslim ban in Battery Park.

On Friday, January 27, Associate Minister for Justice and Community Organizing Rob Stephens joined interfaith leaders and participants at an interfaith rally in Foley Square in the "Jummah" prayer, a sign of solidarity with Muslim immigrants.

Photo: Jummah Prayer in Foley Square

On Wednesday, January 25, Middle participated in the Emergency Rally for Muslim and Immigrant Rights, organized by the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Read Christina Fleming's account of the rally here.

Photo: Emergency Rally for Muslim and Immigrant Rights in Washington Square Park

On January 21, 2017, Middle congregants marched in Washington, D.C. and NYC. View our photo albums on Facebook here and here. On Sunday, 1/22 in worship, we highlighted the millions of protesters worldwide:

"What belongs to the people of God is freedom," The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis said in her sermon "The Long Road to Freedom." Read Jacqui's blog in The Huffington Post and watch the sermon on YouTube (direct reflection about the march begins at the 9:00 minute mark):  

We stand with march organizer and co-chair, our sister Linda Sarsour. #IMarchwithLinda

And this is only the beginning, Middle Family. We look forward to worshiping with you, resisting with you, taking action with you—healing our souls, healing the world.

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