As COVID continues to spread and anxieties rise, you deserve to be wrapped in tenderness. While we can’t physically embrace, join our online self-care series, “Seeking Stained Glass Softness.” Each week, we feature a different expert drawing on different parts of queer theory and lived experience to stoke fresh compassion for yourself and others. This gathering centers LGBTQIA+ voices and experiences, but is welcome to all.
Add Your Voice
Crucial Congregational Meeting
On Sunday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis will offer an important update about the plans for Middle’s physical headquarters. We have the results from an architectural assessment of our site, as well as the other options our consistory has been considering. But we need your voice! We’re excited to share this information about the next phase of our Middle Rising plan, and would love for you to dream with us.Learn More
The Fire: This Time
On the one-year anniversary of the fire that burned our sanctuary, Middle Church made a beautiful pilgrimage from our temporary space at Calvary Church to the ashes and rubble where we used to worship. We broke bread beside a broken building; wept, dance and sang in the streets. We sang “O come let us adore Him,” because we know what it’s like to adore God in the shattered places. Our brokenness does not make us broken.
Click the link to see news coverage of this powerful Christmas journey.Learn More
Education & Justice
Please Join Us for Our Freedom Rising Salons
Building on the success of the Revolutionary Love Conference, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new Freedom Rising Salons! Throughout the year, we’ll offer more regular gatherings—each focused on a different theme—putting our senior minister, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, in conversation with leaders who will deepen your engagement with that month’s theme. This year-long virtual conversation series will feature thought leaders, poets, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, addressing our nation’s most pressing moral concerns, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.Learn More
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.Order Yours Today!
New Space, Same Revolutionary Love
Fall Worship FAQs
Have questions about our return to in-person/virtual hybrid worship? Wondering what Middle is doing to keep everyone safer? Curious about what worship will be like in our new temporary space? Read this helpful FAQ page with answers to all your questions!Join the Celebration!
Let’s Keep Each Other Safe
Middle’s COVID Guidelines
As we begin to gather again in person, it’s essential that we continue to do everything we can to ensure the heath and safety of all. Learn how Middle is loving our neighbors in this moment, and how you can partner in that work.Middle COVID Guidelines
Whats Going On?
Join us for these exciting virtual programs, or use the button below to see a full event calendar.
Worship Celebration | January 23 | 11:45 a.m. ET
Sunday | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Rising to Beloved Community
Wednesday | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Revolutionary Parenting: Caregivers Roundtable Discussion
Sunday | 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate LOVE with Us!
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.
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.