We Who Believe in Freedom

November 18, 2016

Since the results of last week's historic election, Middle Church clergy, staff, and the congregration have responded with #RevolutionaryLove—in our sanctuary and on the streets, with our voices and with our feet. In times like these we grieve, we pray, we act:

Wednesday, 11/9: Jacqui Lewis and Middle members and staff joined other multifaith worship leaders and Auburn Thelogical Seminary for "Songs for the Soul: A Post-Election Gathering" in Washington Square Park.

At the rally Rev. Jacqui Lewis said, “I’m talking about love that takes risks, that speaks truth, that dares to look the other in the eye – love is curious about why, why you voted that way. What’s your dream attached to that? How can we find traction in the in-between spaces?”

The Christian Science Monitor reported on the gathering in Washington Square Park in the article "After election, faith leaders seek spaces for healing."

Jacqui Lewis published an article in The Huffington Post, "10 Spiritual Responses to the Election."

Thursday, 11/10: Middle Church came together for an evening of worship with prayer, music and a homily by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis.

Sunday, 11/13: Our worship celebration focused on themes of grieving, organizing, and taking action, with a powerful sermon "Can You Feel a Brand New Day?" by Jacqui Lewis and music from the Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir:

In her sermon, Jacqui listed four "care-frontational" questions to ask those who voted differently from you. Check out her guide here.

Tuesday, 11/15: Jacqui Lewis, Jim Wallis and Rachel Held Evens share "What Progressive Christians Need To Do To Take Back Their Faith" in Huffington Post Religion.

Wednesday, 11/16: Middle Church held the event Mosaic: A Concert for Unity Benefiting Homeless LGBT Youth, an evening of inspirational music, talks, short reflections, and #RevolutionaryLove.

Thursday, 11/17: Jacqui Lewis wrote the article "Grieve. Pray. Act." The article was published in OnFaith.

Middle Church partners with Just Leadership USA and faith leaders across the city and nation calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to close Rikers before the newly elected administration's proposed extreme “law and order” policies that will increase the racial profiling and incarceration of black and brown people. Watch Bill Moyer's new documentary RIKERS. Sign the petition and join us on Sunday, December 4 at 3:30 pm at Gracie Mansion to deliver the petition to the mayor's home.

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Middle Church is taking a bus to Washington, D.C. for the Women's March on Washington. Seats are available for $40 on a first come, first serve basis. SOLD OUT

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