Freedom Rising Conference 2024

FREEDOM RISING CONFERENCE:

YOU.MOVE.THE WORLD!

AN ELECTION-YEAR GATHERING

APRIL 26TH-28TH

 

 

We believe in the power of love. Period.

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You are not alone. Whatever you’re carrying, we will hold it with you.

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Help Middle Rise

Help us rebuild our church and invest in Just Love. Period.

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Worship with Us!

Experience a celebration as diverse as a NYC subway that feels like a warm hug.

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When freedom rises, we all flourish.

Freedom Rising: You. Move. The World.

April 26-28th join a three-day conference to nurture collective liberation in the election year. The time to act is now: When freedom rises, we all flourish. This spring, join scholars, artists, prophets and organizers to find rest, build political power, and dream expansively about the world we deserve.

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Be a part of the RISING

Help Middle Rise

After a devastating six-alarm fire in 2020, Middle Church is called to the rising. Learn how you can be part of this urgent opportunity to rebuild our church and invest in Just Love. Period.

 

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Israel + Palestine

Listen. Learn. Lean into Peace.

Come hear stories that instruct us. Come listen for the heartbreaking yearnings of Jews and Palestinians from two particular voices. Come pray with Rev. Dr. Jacqui, a universalist Christian who believes in love. Period. Who honors all the journeys. Who is, like you, a student trying to understand this moment, and how to work across faiths to make it better.

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Remember the Past. Imagine the Future.

As the Facade Descends, Middle Rises

On Monday, November 20, construction teams began to demolish the Middle Church facade, the only part of the sanctuary left standing after the fire. While the day was heartbreaking and tender, the presence of news crews and neighborhood clergy also testified to how this moment marks the birth of a new chapter in our story. As we wept, mourned, sang, and proclaimed a love that cannot burn, we began writing it.

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Online Worship Celebration

In case you missed the news, every Sunday we will now have:
11:45 a.m. ET: Hybrid Worship Celebration (In-Person at East End Temple and Online)
3:00 p.m. ET (12:00 a.m. PT): Online Worship Celebration, Premiered on YouTube

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Join Us On Circle

Community Platform

Middle has its exclusive community platform on the Circle app! Discover dedicated spaces for our community groups, learning resources, message boards, and more. Utilize it to connect with fellow members, organize gatherings, exchange resources, and foster a strong sense of community!

 

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Celebrate

Read Our 2022-2023 Impact Report!

We’re so proud of what you accomplished last year! Watch our Fall Congregational Meeting to hear from church leadership about where we’ve journeyed—and where we’re headed.

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It Starts With Us

With ferocious courage, Middle Church listens deeply to the intersectional injustices unfolding in this present moment. Now more than ever, we need each other. Fierce Love starts with us.

Sermon | Silencing the Snake | Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Silencing the Snake- Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis – Genesis 3

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Volunteer & Serve

Our faith reminds us that we are inextricably bound together; our liberation is linked to each other. Tied up together. We are the hands, feet, and heartbeat of God.

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Welcome Home

Community Groups

Our groups range in size, meeting structure and location, but all value deep connection and the desire to build, organize, and sustain ourselves as we work to bring about love and justice in the world.

 

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Fierce Love

Inspired by the Ubuntu philosophy “I am who I am because we are who we are” and explained through stories from her own life, Dr. Lewis details the nine daily practices necessary for transforming ourselves, our communities, and our world at large. From learning to put down our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to resisting joyfully, Dr. Lewis gives readers a renewed sense of the power they have to create caring communities; to stand up for the vulnerable; and to change our shared story from one of anxiety, anger, and divisiveness to one of mindfulness, compassion, and unity.

Jacqui’s Fierce Love is a manifesto for all generations, a universalist’s vision for mending our broken hearts and fractured world.

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Join

Do you yearn to not just belong, but be celebrated for exactly who you are? Do you want a community of folks committed to radical love and justice? Wherever you live, you can call Middle Church home.

Give

This movement needs you! We need your time and talent, but we also need your resources. Make a contribution today and help us be midwives to love and justice.

December 5, 2020

A six-alarm fire spread from the building next door and destroyed our beautiful sanctuary. But no fire can stop revolutionary love! Learn how we’re rising from the ashes, and what you can do to help.

Find Your People!

Middle hosts small groups for everything from beginning ukulele lessons, to Queer Black Men in the Middle and our Voting Reform team. And all of them have options to gather virtually! Join the groups that best fit your passion, and the love you want to offer the world.

Liberative Learning

How do you change the world? First, you change yourself. Part of how we fulfill our commitment to God’s gospel of liberation is by training leaders with the skills you’ll need to bring freedom wherever you go. Thousands have participated in our digital courses. Will join them?

What We Believe

Middle is on a mission to reclaim and reframe Christianity—to realign our faith with Jesus’ teaching and take it back from the folks who have stolen it. We do this work joyfully, fueled by the Spirit, and strengthened by the community we create with one another.

Watch & Learn

Middle’s worship is a joyful, diverse celebration that gives a taste of what heaven feels like—an experience to soothe your soul and fill you with God’s liberatory fire! Every week is different, but what remains constant is how we tell the story of love through transformative art.

Do Justice

Faith comes alive when our love radiates outwards. At Middle, we’re committed to building an intersectional movement that both addresses the particular needs of different communities and unites us in common solidarity. This is God’s work, and we hope you’ll join us in it.